I used to throw it when I was starting so it's not like a new pitch, really. ... The slider looks like a heater and then it moves down in on the back foot [to lefties]. There's so many situations [last year] where I'm out there and I'm saying, "God, if I had the slider, he'd be done." ... By the time spring training unfolds, I'll go into the season being a three-pitch closer.Boston topped the Stems 4-3; Manny Ramirez (2-for-3, double, run, RBI), Mike Lowell (solo dong), Joe Thurston (double, run), Sean Casey (single, 2 RBI) led the offense.
Tim Wakefield started (4-5-2-3-0). Bot pitched two perfect innings and Manny Delcarmen followed with two shutout frames (6 outs and an HBP).