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Final: Twins 8, Red Sox 4

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  March 19, 2012 01:19 PM

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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Gooooooood afternoon from Fenway South. It's a beautiful day here and the Sox are playing the Twins again.

It'll be Felix Doubront against Jason Marquis. Counting the BC game Felix has thrown seven innings this spring and allowed two earned runs while striking out six. He's making a good run at a rotation spot.

The game is not on the radio or television. So if you're stuck in an office or at school, hang out here for updates and feel free to leave your comments.

Thanks for being here.

Middle of the 1st: Twins 1, Red Sox 0: Doubront loaded the bases with one out as Carroll singled, Mauer doubled and Morneau walked. Willingham hit a ball hard down the line at third that Youkilis got to behind the bag. His only play was to first. Doubront then struck out Valencia to escape a tricky spot with only one run allowed.

Top of the 2nd: Twins 1, Red Sox 0: Ellsbury flied to center, Pedroia grounded to second and Gonzalez grounded to first.

Marquis has had a rough spring (9 ER in 8.2), too.

Middle of the 2nd: Twins 1, Red Sox 0: Doumit doubled and went to third on a single by Revere. More trouble. But Doubront wiggled out of it. When Casilla struck out, Revere was running. Casilla jostled Salty and umpire Fieldin Culbreth called interference, which meant Revere was out. Then Span flied to center.

I wonder if Fieldin Culbreth has brothers named Hittin and Pitchin?

Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 3, Twins 1: Ah, there's Jason Marquis. With Ortiz on first (fielder's choice) and one out, Salty walked. Repko doubled off the chuck of seats sticking out behind third base. Ortiz, who was ambling into third, hit the gas and scored while Salty made third. After McDonald waked, Iglesias drove in a run with a fielder's choice. Ellsburry then had an RBI single before Pedroia flied to right.

Middle of the 3rd: Red Sox 3, Twins 2: Another rocky inning for Doubront. Carroll singled, advanced on two groundouts and scored on a single by Willingham. Valencia also singled (albeit off the wall) before Doumit flied to right.

Middle of the 4th: Red Sox 3, Twins 2: Outside of a Youkilis single, the Sox did nothing in the third. Doubront stranded a runner at third in the top of the fourth.

Alfredo Aceves update: Pitching in a AAA game, Aceves went what amounted to 5 innings. He allowed three runs on eight hits with no walks and 3 strikeouts and threw 73 pitches, 54 for strikes.

Middle of the 5th: Red Sox 3, Twins 2: McDonald singled in the fourth and was picked off. Repko and Iglesias grounded to third. Doubront got two outs in the fifth before being pulled, having thrown 74 pitches. His line: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K.

Middle of the 6th: Twins 5, Red Sox 3: The Sox stranded two in the fifth. In the top of the sixth, Melancon allowed a single by Valencia and a double by Revere before walking Casilla. Joe Benson then ripped a three-run double off the wall.

Top of the 8th: Twins 5, Red Sox 3: Sorry for the delay in updates, had to go visit the clubhouse when all the starters came out.

Andrew Bailey pitched the seventh inning for the Sox, allowing one walk and striking out one.

Top of the 9th: Twins 5, Red Sox 3: Full disclosure: I've stopped keeping score because I got a call back for a feature story I'm working on. But the scoreboard says it's 5-3. My belief is that is right. Look at that, you just wasted 20 seconds at work. Now stand up and go get a drink of water. It'll be 5 o'clock in 27 minutes.

Middle of the 9th: Twins 8, Red Sox 3: It doesn't look good. Scott Atchison allowed three runs in the top of the ninth. The next three guys are wearing 95, 82 and 81. That's not a good sign.

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