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    Sox open with win over Northeastern

    Joel Hanrahan threw a pitch against Northeastern University.
    Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff
    Joel Hanrahan threw a pitch against Northeastern University.

    FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox had seven pitchers combine on a four-hitter as they opened their exhibition schedule with a 3-0 win over Northeastern on Thursday.

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Pedro Ciriaco and Jose Iglesias each drove in a run for the Red Sox in the seven-inning game. The Red Sox had five hits overall.

    Northeastern turned three double plays and played well, especially in comparison to their 25-0 loss in a similar game last year.

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    Joel Hanrahan, Daniel Bard, Andrew Miller, Alex Wilson, Clayton Mortensen and Pedro Beato were among the pitchers to throw one inning each for the Red Sox, who wore white pants and red shirts in front of the JetBlue Park crowd.

    The game was the opener of a doubleheader for the Red Sox, who were set to play Boston College in a late-afternoon matchup.