End of game, Twins 7, Red Sox 2
The loss for the Red Sox is their ninth in their last 10 games. Not so great, even if it is spring training.
As for Dustin Pedroia, there’s a small update on the second baseman. Pedroia was examined by the Twins doctor, and will get an X-ray tomorrow. He did not get one tonight.
“When he went after that ball, it was the back of his wrist,” manager Terry Francona said. “He had limited swelling. We’re going to get him X-rayed in the morning, just because we should. Their doctor came over. I don’t think there’s a problem. He might be a little sore tomorrow. Hopefully that’s all it is.”
Pedroia was already scheduled for a day off today, when the Sox play in Bradenton.
Bottom of the 5th, Twins 7, Red Sox 0
Here are some updates on the notable happenings of tonight. Dustin Pedroia left the ballpark shortly after injuring his wrist. He did not get an X-ray here at Hammond Stadium. The Sox will check him out tomorrow.
Also, here’s what Buchholz had to say about his outing: “I was trying to do too much,” said Buchholz, who has now allowed eight earned runs in 6 2/3 major league innings this spring. “Whenever I felt like I’d make a good pitch, they’d hit it. And then I’d try to make it better and that causes it to be out of the zone, rather than just trusting the stuff down in the zone and getting some outs.
The Twins were on the move on the bases quite a bit last night, something that Buchholz cited as a distraction for him.
“Sometimes when I know the guys are on base that are fast, I either want to be too quick to home plate or I want to pick them off,” Buchholz said. “In the past the worst thing that could happen to me is pickoffs, a couple people in a couple games, and then I try to pick off everybody. That’s one of the key things in the game I need to work on. That’s a big thing. There are always going to be runners on base.”
Bottom of the 4th, Twins 7, Red Sox 0
Jonathan Papelbon got through his inning, stranding runners on second and third to get out of the inning. Doesn’t look like the Sox will be coming out of their funk tonight.
Bottom of the 2nd, Twins 6, Red Sox 0
While the struggles of Clay Buchholz are clearly important — he’s allowed five runs and four hits (so far) in two innings — the absence of Dustin Pedroia is more puzzling. Angel Sanchez came out to start the second inning at second base, after Pedroia started the game. Pedroia did dive on a ball by Denard Span to lead off the game, and throw the ball wildly to first for an error. It’s possible his departure is connected to that. No updates on him yet.
Update: It’s a mild left wrist sprain for Pedroia. He is listed as day to day. He landed awkwardly on a grounder in the first inning that was followed by a wild throw and an error for the second baseman.
Update: Buchholz is out of the game. He was extremely wild today, hitting Justin Morneau and throwing three wild pitches. He allowed six runs (five earned) over 1 2/3 innings, walking three.