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Final: Red Sox 8, Twins 3

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  March 4, 2012 01:20 PM

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FORT MYERS, Fla. Pregame ceremony going on at Jet Blue Park before the Red Sox-Twins game.

Nice touch when Jim Rice, Dwight Evans, Luis Tiant and Carl Yastrzemski emerged from the left field wall.

Mike Greenwell, a Fort Myers native, announced, "It's time to play ball!"

Players from the entire Red Sox organization are lined up across the back of the infield and down the third baseline. About 160 players.

The Twins have also lined up on the first base side and are being introduced to the fans.

This is the kickoff of the Lee County Mayor's Cup championship, which was taken by the Twins last season.

The Red Sox are starting Josh Beckett while the Twins are going with Francisco Liriano.

Hang out here for updates.

Game began at 1:44 p.m.

Top of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Twins 0:

The first official hit at Jet Blue Park - leadoff single by Ben Revere passed a diving Dustin Pedroia off Beckett. Tsuyoshi Nishioka went 3-0 on Beckett, but after Beckett laid in two fastball's for strikes, he flew out to left field. Revere stole second as Saltalamacchia made a poor throw short of the bag. Rene Tosoni flew out to right advancing Revere to third. Former Red Sox farmhand Aaron Bates grounded out to Will Middlebrooks at third base to end the inning.

Bottom of 1st: Red Sox 0, Twins 0

The Red Sox started things with a walk by leadoff hitter Dustin Pedroia against Twins enigma Francisco Liriano. Jacoby Ellsbury, who may see some time in the No. 2 hole this season, lined out hard to first where Aaron Bates tagged Pedroia off first base for the twin-killing. Cody Ross, who hit two homers, including a grand slam vs. Northeastern University yesterday, struck out on an offspeed pitch.

Top of 2nd: Red Sox 0, Twins 0

Beckett, who was working with his changeup, struggled with his control, walking two batters. One of them was thrown out on a pinpoint throw to second by Saltalamacchia on an attempted steal by Sean Burroughs. Salty then made another nice play on a nubber down the third base side which he picked up cleanly and made a strong throw to first base to nip Rene Rivera for the final out.

Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 0, Twins 0

Shortstop Mike Aviles singled up the middle with one out, but was caught stealing. Salty struck out.

Josh Beckett has been replaced by Andrew Miller in the top of the third. Beckett went two innings, one hit, two walks. He threw 36 pitches, 18 for strikes. Beckett, according to one scout who had a gun on him, said he was throwing his fastball at between 88-90 mph.

Top of 3rd: Red Sox 0, Twins 0

The Twins got a runner to second, but Andrew Miller retired the Twins without allowing a run by striking out the side with a walk. The Twins stole another base on Salty, who unleashed his second poor throw.

Bottom of 3rd: Red Sox 0, Twins 0

Sox went down in order. Second baseman Ray Chang made a nice diving play to rob Middlebrooks. DH Juan Carlos Linares grounded out to third to retire the side.

Top of 4th: Red Sox 0, Twins 0

Jacoby Ellsbury made a terrific catch fighting off a swirling wind near the 379 foot marker in left center field. The Twins went down in order to Andrew Miller.

Bottom of 4th: Red Sox 2, Twins 0

The Red Sox struck for two runs on Mike Aviles' two-run single. Pedroia led off with a double, and after Cody Ross walked, Adrian Gonzalez reached on an error but Pedroia was thrown out trying to score. Aviles struck, however.

Top 5th: Red Sox 2, Twins 1

The Twins scored off Brandon Duckworth who allowed back-to-back singles to Ray Chang and Rene Rivera. Both were advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Darin Mastroianni. The run scored on an out by Revere.

Bottom of 5th: Red Sox 2, Twins 1

Middlebrooks and Linares singled at the bottom of the Red Sox order with one out and advanced on a balk, but were stranded there when Pedroia struck out and Ellsbury grounded out to first base.

Top 6th: Red Sox 2, Twins 1

The Twins got down in order against Brandon Duckworth.

Bottom 6th: Red Sox 2, Twins 1

Nothing doing here as Sox subs infiltrate the lineup.

Top 7th: Red Sox 2, Twins 2:

Tony Pena Jr. has entered the game to pitch for the Red Sox. The side-arming righty, and former starting shortstop of the Kansas City Royals, had a good year at Triple-A Pawtucket and will likely be in the PawSox rotation. Ben Revere knocked in the tying run and the Twins also had one cut down at the plate.

Bottom 7th: Red Sox 7, Twins 2

The Sox scrubs score five times including a Lars Anderson grand slam to pull away. Anderson has really hit the ball well in camp.

Top 8th: Red Sox 7, Twins 2

Twins go down.

Bottom 8th: Red Sox 8, Twins 2

Oscar Tejeda's triple scored Boston's final run.

Top 9th: Red sox 8, Twins 3.

The Twins scored a run on Darin Mastroianni's double on a ball misplayed by Che-Hsuan Lin.

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