- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 4, 2009

NEW YORK (AP) - Citi Field will be neither a pitchers’ nor a hitters’ park if no one throws strikes.

Oliver Perez made his first appearance at the New York Mets’ new home and was as inconsistent as he was at Shea Stadium.

The left-hander failed to make it out of the first inning, walking four and giving up a grand slam to Jed Lowrie in a 9-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Saturday that completed a two-game exhibition series.

Boston’s Daisuke Matsuzaka also walked four, including two in a 35-minute first inning, but won the spring-training finale for both teams by allowing one hit in four innings.

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