After doing little more than running his mouth thus far this spring, Boston Red Sox starter David Price took to the mound for the first time Monday.


Using a mix of fastballs and cutters, over three innings in a "controlled minor league" game, the former Cy Young award winner struck out three, gave up four hits and walked none on 39 pitches.

Price's slow start to the spring is one of design, according to MLB.com's Ian Browne. It apparently is a tactic the Boston's new manager, Alex Cora, and pitching coach, Dana LeVangie, are taking with the team's starters this spring.

Price is expecting to get his first action against big leaguers on Saturday, when the Sox take on the Minnesota Twins.