Game over: Red Sox 12, Twins 5: The Sox had 16 hits to improve to 7-6 in Grapefruit League play. Their pitchers fanned 14 and walked two.
Middle of the 9th: Red Sox 12, Twins 5: The Sox tacked on three more runs, one on Jackie Bradley Jr.’s RBI single. Webster is staying in for the 9th. Off to the clubhouse Back later.
Top of the 9th: Red Sox 9, Twins 5: Webster allowed a triple and a sacrifice fly before dispatching of the Twins from there.
Middle of the 8th: Red Sox 9, Twins 4: Heiker Meneses drove in a run.
Top of the 8th: Red Sox 8, Twins 4: Allen Webster with a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two swinging. He has looked terrific. His fastball hit 98.
Middle of the 7th: Red Sox 8, Twins 4: Very encouraging inning for Daniel Bard in the sixth. He struck out all three batters he faced, throwing nine of 14 pitches for strikes. He worked up and down instead of side to side and hit 95 with his fastball. He also threw his slider for strikes.
Bard had not pitched in a game since Feb. 25 and had been working on his mechanics since.
Worth noting: Bard faced Eduardo Escobar, Jeff Clement and Brandon Boggs, not Joe Bauer, Justin Morneau and Josh Willingham. But the point was that he showed better command and velocity.
Top of the 5th: Red Sox 8, Twins 4: Rough inning for Joel Hanrahan, who put five straight batters on base (a walk and four singles) before getting a strikeout. He was relieved by Chris Carpenter, who allowed a two-run single by Ray Olmedo.
Middle of the 4th: Red Sox 8, Twins 0: Pedroia (2 for 3) had a two-run double in the fifth inning. Then Napoli had a three-run shot to left. It was high and deep, which seems to be a trend with Napoli.
Sox have 10 hits, the Twins 2. Hanrahan in for Buchholz, who was sharp. 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 38 pitches, 31 strikes.
Middle of the 3rd: Red Sox 3,Twins 0: Drew Sutton was credited with a double when his pop-up to center fell behind Jamey Carroll with a runner on second in the second inning.
That should be an error. Just because the outfielder didn’t touch the ball is meaningless, as is the sun. A fielder’s job is to play the elements.
Anyway, the Sox got a legit run in the third inning when Pedroia, Napoli and Lavarnway all singled.
Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 1, Twins 0: Ellsbury (who missed a few days with the flu) singled and went to second on a botched pickoff. Pedroia grounded to short to move him over then Drew singled in the run.
Buchholz had an impressive inning: 8 pitches, 7 strikes. He recorded three quick outs.
Pre-game: Good afternoon from Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, a few miles away from Fenway South. It’ll be the Red Sox and Twins at 1:05 p.m.
There’s no television or radio coverage. But we’ll have updates right here.