Boston's Sizemore back on the field for first time in more than 2 years

Grady Sizemore returned to action for the first time in more than two years, playing three innings in left field and going hitless in two at-bats Thursday for the Boston Red Sox in a 5-2 victory over Northeastern.

Sizemore joined the Red Sox in January after being sidelined by multiple injuries with the Cleveland Indians. Once one of baseball's most dynamic players, the three-time All-Star had not played since Sept. 22, 2011. Since 2009, he has undergone seven operations, the last coming in 2012 for a herniated disc in his lower back.

Northeastern sophomore James Mulry, from West Roxbury, Mass., and a graduate of Boston Latin School, struck out stars Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz. He then got ahead of Mike Napoli, 1-2, before allowing a single. After walking Jonny Gomes, Mulry got Xander Bogaerts to ground out, ending the inning.

The Red Sox host Boston College in the nightcap.