Takeaways from a soggy McKechnie Field, where the Pirates and Red Sox slogged through nine innings of exhibition baseball, the Bucs emerging with a 4-3 win that was credited to erstwhile Sox reliever Mark Melancon, who we learned last spring can back up the bases with the best of them. [Oh, Bobby.]

* Even as Boston pitchers continue to run off good starts, manager John Farrell acknowledged that the Sox are in the market to add some organizational depth to the rotation.

“That’s something that has been discussed," he said. “We recognize where we’re at, as far as our starting depth is concerned, particularly with guys who have experience. Franklin [Morales’] injury affects that. Alfredo [Aceves] is a guy we know we can stretch out and will continue to do so and has major-league starting experience.

“But overall, that’s an area I think we’re looking to add to."

* How do you allow just one hit in five innings and still come out on the short end by comparison to the guy who preceded you? Ask Clay Buchholz, who walked Felix Pie in the first, then gave up a home run to Neil Walker to lead off the second, guaranteeing he could not match Jon Lester’s six perfect innings on Sunday.

In a more serious vein, Buchholz gave the Sox another solid start -- that’s the only run he has allowed in 13 1/3 innings spanning four appearances. And in contrast to what my classical music friends would call “adagio” style -- slowly, the tempo long favored by Josh Beckett -- Buchholz did so “allegro," which connotes not only speed but joy.