FORT MYERS, Fla. - We're about 45 minutes away from game time at Hammond Stadium on a pristine night here at the ballpark.
The game is infiltrated by a number of baseball scouts representing teams like the Arizona Diamondbacks, Washington Nationals, Los Angeles Angels, Cleveland Indians, San Diego Padres, Texas Rangers, New York Yankees, etc. The Red Sox also have several of their scouting staff on hand.
Valentine continues to hit shortstop Jose Iglesias leadoff to get him as many at-bats as possible. If you refer to an Extra Bases post earlier, Valentine continues to rave about the young shortstop.
Stay tuned shortly for live in-game updates.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Twins 0
Kevin Youkilis drew a two-out walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch by Twins starter Jason Marquis. David Ortiz took a called third strike to end the threat.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Twins 0
Clay Buchholz had control issues when he walked leadoff hitter Denard Span after being up 0-2 in the count. He fell behind 3-0 to Tsuyoshi Nishioka before he popped out to first baseman David Ortiz. Joe Mauer hit a hard ball to second which Dustin Pedroia made a nice diving play on. He made a nice throw to second where Jose Iglesias was lightning fast in turning the DP.
Top 2nd:Red Sox 4, Twins 0
The Twins need a little work folks. They were awful in the field. Darnell McDonald began this four-run inning with a double to left field over third baseman Michael Holliman's head that rolled around the corner where it was muffed by Ryan Doumit allowing McDonald to get to third. He came in on Josh Kroeger's single to center. After a Jason Marquis wild pitch, Kelly Shoppach singled, Nick Punto walked and Jason Repko got a run in with force play. Jose Iglesias drew a walk, on which Marquis threw a wild pitch, scoring the third run. Ryan Sweeney's ground ball out to first turned into a Justin Morneau throwing error which scored the fourth run.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 4, Twins 0
Buchholz hit Willingham with a pitch with one out and then walked Ryan Doumit, but he rebounded by striking out Luke Hughes and Brian Dozier.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 5, Twins 0
David Ortiz homered to add to Boston's lead.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 5, Twins 0
Vicente Padilla has a nice 1-2-3 inning with a strikeout.
Top 4th: Red Sox 5, Twins 0
Nice inning for Jose Iglesias who reached on a bunt single and stole second base. The Sox did nothing else, but Iglesias keeps having quality at-bats after walking in the second inning.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 5, Twins 0
Padilla allowed three singles, but managed to escape without giving up a run. We witnessed a 53-mph eephus pitch to Joe Mauer and his hardest pitchers were thrown 40 mph faster.
Top 5th: Red Sox 5, Twins 0
David Ortiz hit a double to left in his last at-bat,, but the Sox couldn't get him in.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 5, Twins 2
Will Inman allowed four straight singles which led to two Twins runs.
Top 6th: Red Sox 5, Twins 2
Sox go down in order.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 5, Twins 2
Nothing doing for Twins.
Top 7th: Red Sox 10, Twins 2
Will Middlebrooks and Nate Spears drive in runs, while catcher Daniel Butler hits a three-run homer to extend Boston's lead.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 10, Twins 2
Brandon Duckworth has a 1-2-3 inning.
Top 8th: Red Sox 10, Twins 2
Sox go down 1-2-3.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 10, Twins 2
Another easy inning for Duckworth - three up and three down..
Top 9th: Red Sox 10, Twins 2
Will Middlebrooks singled up the middle for his second hit, but was stranded at second base.
Bottom 9th: Red Sox 10, Twins 2
Jesse Carlson pitches well to end it.