SCORE: Red Sox 4, Twins 3.
BREAKDOWN: The Sox won for the fourth time in their last five games. Dustin Pedroia had a two-run double to center field in the fifth inning that proved to be the difference. Jake Peavy allowed one run over three innings. Brandon Workman worked three scoreless innings of relief. Minor league call-up Matty Ott was the winner. He got Joe Mauer to ground out with the bases loaded to end the fourth inning.
THUMBS UP: Pedroia was 2 for 20 before he singled in the third inning and doubled in the fifth … Francisco Cordero, who picked up the save, has thrown five innings without giving up a run. He has one walk and six strikeouts. The 38-year-old has been impressive after sitting out last season … Second baseman Jonathan Herrera made the defensive play of the day in the eighth inning when he ranged behind the bag and made an off-balance throw from the left-field side to get Wilkin Ramirez.
THUMBS DOWN: Lefty reliever Andrew Miller had a rough day. He came in with a runner on first in the fourth inning and allowed an opposite-field double by Oswaldo Garcia against a defensive shift. A wild pitch scored a run. After Jason Kubel walked, Kurt Suzuki singled in a run and Miller was taken out of the game. “Erratic command,” manager John Farrell said. “He needs repetitions.”
MEDICAL REPORT: Shane Victorino played his second game and was 2 for 3 with an RBI. He and David Ross are going to get some extra at-bats in a minor league game on Friday.
REPLAY IT AGAIN: Farrell asked for a replay for the first time but lost the challenge. In the sixth inning, Minnesota’s Darin Mastroianni was called safe on a close play at first base and Farrell asked for a review. The call stood. A fifth umpire stationed in the television truck handled the replay. During the regular season, calls will be reviewed in New York and relayed to ballparks. The teams also don’t have access to video in spring training, something they will have during the season. “It was there, choose to use it,” Farrell said. The umpires decided to look at a long foul ball down the left-field line by Mike Napoli in the sixth inning. It was called foul on the field and that call stood.
AROUND THE BASES: Grady Sizemore stayed at Fenway South and was 1 for 2 with a walk in a Single A game. He played five innings in center field. Sizemore is not expected to play with the major league team until Saturday … The Red Sox have a long bus ride to Dunedin for Friday’s game against the Blue Jays. Jackie Bradley Jr., Clay Buchholz, Mike Carp, Jonny Gomes, and Ryan Lavarnway will make the trip … Will Middlebrooks was 1 for 3 and is 7 for 15 in his last five games. “Couple of really good swings again,” said Farrell. “He looks very confident at the plate.” … The Red Sox are likely to have Felix Doubront pitch four innings in relief during Monday’s game against the Cardinals rather than face the Yankees in Tampa on Tuesday. That also will allow Doubront to stay on a five-day schedule … Lefthanded reliever Rich Hill is scheduled to appear in his first game Friday.
NEXT GAME: The Sox play the Blue Jays in Dunedin Friday at 1:05 p.m. Buchholz will face righthander Drew Hutchison.