9:28 p.m., Game over, Red Sox 2, Twins 1
Joe Nelson closed it out for Atchison. Back later with some more.
9:18 pm.: Bottom of the 8th, Red Sox 2, Twins 1
Mark Wagner’s RBI single gave the Sox the lead.
9:05 p.m., End of the 7th, Twins 1, Red Sox 1
The Sox go in order. Scott Atichson now into pitch for the home team.
9:01 p.m., Middle of the 7th, Twins 1, Red Sox 1
Shouse put two runners on but escaped damage. The Sox now have these guys in the lineup: Wagner, Sanchez, Bates, Anderson, Navarro, Iglesias, Lin, Reddick and McDonald.
8:48 p.m.: End of the 6th, Twins 1, Red Sox 1
The Sox have tied it up. Dusty Brown doubled to left and was replaced by pinch runner Darnell McDonald. After Ellsbury walked, Pedroia cracked a single into left and McDonald beat the throw by a foot or two. But the rally ended when Lars Anderson grounded into a double play and Bates flew to right.
Brian Shouse next out of the bullpen for the Sox.
8:38 p.m., Middle of the 6th, Twins 1, Red Sox 0
Ramirez got through the sixth inning, allowing only a walk. I think I figured out why it’s only 1-0: It’s 47 degrees out and windy.
8:28 p.m., End of the 5th, Twins 1, Red Sox 0
The Sox went in order against Pat Neshek. There have been five hits in this game, all singles, and no scoring since the top of the first inning. But the crowd is hanging in there and now will see Ramon Ramirez on the hill for the Sox.
8:22 p.m., Middle of the 5th, Twins 1, Red Sox 0
1-2-3 inning for Bard. Sox have allowed one hit since the first inning.
8:16 p.m., End of the 4th, Twins 1, Red Sox 0
Sox go in order. They have two singles in four innings and haven’t put a runner in scoring position. Bard into pitch assorted lineup changes with Bates (1b) and Navarro (3B) coming in.
8:12 p.m., Middle of the 4th, Twins 1, Red Sox 0
Hideki Okajima put two runners on with one out but escaped damage. This game is not going to go down as the most exciting in Mayor’s Cup history.
7:57 p.m., End of the 3rd, Twins 1, Red Sox 0
Reddick started the inning with a single. But Kevin Slowey retired the next three batters from there. Dusty Brown K’d, Ellsbury flew to left and Pedroia grounded back to the pitcher. … Hideki Okajima on to pitch for the Sox. Papelbon threw 10 of his 13 pitches for strikes.
7:45 p.m.: Middle of the 3rd, Twins 1, Red Sox 0
Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 third inning. Butera grounded out before Tolbert and Span flew to right, both hiting the ball well. … The final line for Beckett: 2 2 1 1 0 1. He threw 19 of his 27 pitches for strikes.
7:36 p.m., End of the 2nd, Twins 1, Red Sox 0
The Sox went in order. Pop-up for Beltre, groundouts for Scutaro and Hermida.
7:30 p.m., Middle of the 2nd, Twins 1, Red Sox 0
Beckett had a strong second inning. He struck out Jones and got Harris and Peterson on grounders to second base.
7:23 p.m., End if the 1st, Twins 1, Red Sox 0
Nick Blackburn allowed a one-out single by Pedroia but that was it. Jacque Jones made a nice diving catch to take a bloop single away from David Ortiz.
7:14 p.m. Middle of the 1st, Twins 1, Red Sox coming up
A shaky inning for Josh Beckett as Denard Span singled, went to second on a groundout and scored on a single by Jason Kubel. Beckett fell behind Michael Cuddyer 3-1 but got him to ground into an inning-ending double play. Beckett had a conversation with plate umpire Brian O’Nora coming off the field but it didn’t seem heated.
7:05 p.m., Top of the 1st, ready to go
Josh Beckett is warming up.