Thursday’s spring training report: Red Sox pitchers knocked around by Twins

Dustin Pedroia singled in his first spring training game this season.

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Red Sox starting pitcher Brian Johnson works in the second inning of a spring training game against the Minnesota Twins Thursday, March 7, 2019, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo / John Bazemore) –The Associated Press

SCORE: Twins 12, Red Sox 1

RECORD: 6-7

BREAKDOWN: Adam Rosales went 4 for 4 with two runs and two RBIs, and Jake Cave and Ronald Torreyes each had three hits in the Twins’ rout. The Sox scratched out just five hits, with Rafael Devers’s first-inning double the only one for extra bases. He also had the lone RBI. Starter Brian Johnson took the loss, allowing five hits and three earned runs while recording just four outs.

PLAYER OF THE DAY: In terms of production, however modest, it was probably Devers. But sentimentally, we’re giving it to Dustin Pedroia, who singled in his first at-bat since last May 29, then chugged around to score from second on Devers’s double. Manager Alex Cora said before the game that Pedroia had been in uniform since 7 a.m. “I don’t know what time I put it on,’’ Pedroia said. “Just in case we start early, I have to be ready.’’

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NEXT GAME: The Sox play the Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota on Friday at 1:05 p.m. The game will be on MLB Network and WEEI-AM (850).

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