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Sox wrap up a crisp (and cold) 2-1 victory

A few items of interest came out of tonight’s 2-1 victory against the Twins:

* Brian Shouse, Scott Atchison and Joe Nelson pitched the final three innings. The three veteran relievers, who are in camp on minor-league deals, are among the competitors for the final spot in the bullpen.

* Jonathan Papelbon threw a few split-finger fastballs, something that will be essentially mandated all spring as the Red Sox want to make sure he has confidence in his second pitch. They felt he got too fastball-happy last season.

* Marco Scutaro made a few nice plays in the field, including a diving grab in the fourth inning against Alexi Casilia. The Sox seem very pleased to not have to worry about who their shortstop is.

* Finally — and nobody here expects any sympathy from those of you in New England — it’s cold here. It was 45 degrees when the game ended. “Everything the Red Sox have ever issued me, I wore,” Francona said. Told that the temperature on the scoreboard read 62 at the start of the game, Francona laughed. “My ass,” he said.

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