FORT MYERS, Fla. It's another sunny day in paradise as the Daniels Parkway Showdown between the Red Sox and Twins gets ready to start.
This will be the sixth (and final) time the teams will play this season. I think I've seen Denard Span play more than Adrian Gonzalez.
The Red Sox will pitch Vicente Padilla for an inning followed by a wide assortment of pitchers ranging from bullpen hopeful to prospects getting a brief call-up
The game is on NESN with Don, Jerry and Jenny. But we'll have updates here, too. So hang out and feel free to leave your comments.
Top of the 2nd: Twins 0, Red Sox 0: Jamey Carroll doubled with one out for the Twins. Two fly balls to center followed. Pedroia doubled to right with one out for the Sox. Gonzalez grounded to second and Youkilis lined to left.
Top of the 3rd: Twins 0, Red Sox 0: Valencia singled before Padilla struck out Burroughs and Hughes. Atchison came in and struck out Plouffe. The Red Sox then went in order.
Top of the 4th: Twins 0, Red Sox 0: Kind of a desultory game so far, total of three hits. Atchison retired the Twins in order. The Red Sox saw Ellsbury reach on a two-out error but Pedroia shattered his bat and grounded to short.
Top of the 5th: Twins 0, Red Sox 0: Atchison retired the side in order. He has quietly had a solid spring: 12.1 innings, 11 H, 2 BB, 8 K.
The Sox loaded the based with one out in the bottom of the frame. Gonzo and Papi singled before Ross was hit by a pitch. But Salty struck out and Sweeney lined to deep center.
Top of the 6th: Twins 0, Red Sox 0: Burroughs singled before Atchison fanned Hughes. In came the lefty Justin Thomas. He got Plouffe to fly to right. Revere then reached on an error by Gonzalez. Span walked to load the bases but Carroll grounded to second.
The Sox got a two-out single from Pedroia, who stole second. But Gonzalez grounded to second to end.
Top of the 7th: Red Sox 4, Twins 1: Minor leaguer Garrett Mock, who has 55 games of major league experience with the Nationals from 2008-10, started the sixth for the Sox. Chris Parmelee drove Mocks first pitch way over the fence in right field. Mock then retired the next three batters.
The Sox finally struck against Pavano in the bottom of the inning. After Youk was hit by a pitch, Pedro Ciriaco ran for him. Ortiz struck out. But Ciriaco stole second and third and scored on a double by Ross. Salty grounded to second, moving Ross to third.
Sweeney delivered a two-out RBI single. Aviles was next and hit a ball down the line that bounced off third base and went for an RBI double. He has eight doubles this spring.
Alex Burnett replaced Pavano. Ellsbury greeted him with an RBI triple to the base of wall in right. The throw skipped away and Ellsbury tried to score. But left fielder Ben Revere had it backed up and threw Ellsbury out by six feet. He didn't even bother to slide.
Top of the 8th: Red Sox 5, Twins 1: Gonzalez doubled and scored on a double by Theodore S. Ciriaco, the greatest Red Sox player ever. Ciriaco has 8 extra-base hits in 41 ABs this spring. He had 12 in 277 ABs with Class AAA Indianapolis last year.
Top of the 9th: Red Sox 5, Twins 1: Brock Huntzinger in for a second inning to try and close it out.
Game over: Red Sox 5, Twins 1: The 14-11-4 Red Sox have wrapped up a winning record in spring training with two games to play. They also won the spring series against the Twins four games to two. So if anybody can find the Mayor's Cup, they have it back. Maybe they'll bring it to the Cask 'N Flagon to everybody can get their picture taken with it.
Five pitchers combined on a five-hitter. Sox had 10 hits. One more game in Florida then the team heads to Detroit.