3:26 p.m., Top of the 9th, Twins 5, Red Sox 0
It appears the Sox will not go undefeated this spring. Back later with a report from the clubhouse.
3:07 p.m., End of the 7th inning, Twins 5, Red Sox 0
The starting lineup for both teams are out of the game and probably headed home at this point. The Sox have two innings left to try and get some offense going. They have three hits in the game.
2:48 p.m.: Bottom of the 6th inning, Twins 5, Red Sox 0
Jose Iglesias would appear to be the man. With Brian Dinkleman on first, Danny Rams belted a ball to left field that rolled to the track. Dinkleman tried to score, but Iglesias made the relay throw to the plate on the fly from well down the line in left and nabbed the runner as Gustavo Molina made the tag. Iglesias pumped his fist and spun around to celebrate his throw.
But the Sox now trail 5-0 as Dustin Richardson is having a shaky inning.
2:38 p.m. Top of the 6th, Twins 4, Red Sox 0
OK, we’re back. Just spoke to Tim Wakefield and Jon Lester. Wakefield said he felt fine and that his solid outing was basically a continuation of his spring so far.
“I felt really good, Wakefield said. “It felt like my timing was there, rhythm was good. I was able to throw a lot of strikes and get outs quickly. I’m very pleased.”
Today was the first time Wakefield pitched, sat down and then pitched again. For an older pitcher, that is a hurdle.
Lester didn’t seem too concerned with his rocky outing. “I felt all right. Mechanically felt OK. I wasn’t missing by much,” he said. “I made some adjustments.”
Headed down to the clubhouse to get the pitchers, Updates will continue later.
2:14 p.m., End of the 4th, Twins 4, Red Sox 0
Wake in cruise control as he retires the side. His line: 2 1 0 0 0 0. 21 pitches, 16 strikes.
2:10 p.m., Middle of the 4th, Twins 4, Red Sox 0
The Sox went in order against Matt Guerrier as Martinez grounded out, Drew flew to center and Lowrie grounded out. Wakefield is out for a second inning. Looking forward to seeing which blog commenter gets the award for being biggest panic on March 5.
2:03 p.m., End of the 3rd, Twins 4, Red Sox 0.
Wakefield allowed an infield single but that was it as he got Mauer to ground out and Morneau on a fly ball. His strong spring continues.
1:57 p.m., Middle of the 3rd, Twins 4, Red Sox 0
Rauch retired the side in order. Iglesias struck out swinging before Cameron grounded out and Hall lined to second, Hudson making a nice diving play. Tim Wakefield on the mound now.
1:50 p.m., End if the 2nd, Twins 4, Red Sox 0
Bierd retired the Twins in order. Pavano is done after two scoreless innings and Jon Rauch is pitching for the Twins.
1:43 p.m., Middle of the 2nd, Twins 4, Red Sox 0
Ryan Kalish drew a two-out walk but that was it for the Sox in the inning. Randor Bierd pitching for the Sox as Wakefield warms up.
1:37 p.m., End of the 1st inning, Twins 4, Red Sox 0
Here’s how the inning went for Lester:
Morneau: 2-run double on a 3-1 pitch
Cuddyer: RBI single
Thome: Struck out looking
Young: Sac fly to right
Hardy: Fielder’s choice
Ugly inning for the big lefty. Good thing it didn’t count.
1:26 p.m.: Bottom of the 1st inning, Red Sox 0,Twins 0
Big trouble for Jon Lester. Denard Span singles before Orlando Hudson and Joe Mauer walk. Bases loaded and no outs for Morneau.
1:17 p.m., Red Sox 0, Twins coming up
Mike Cameron drew a walk with a great at-bat against Carl Pavano, but was thrown out stealing second as Joe Mauer made a good throw. After Bill Hall struck out looking, Victor Martinez doubled to left but J.D. Drew grounded to second.
1:01 p.m.: Ready to start
We’re about to get underway here at Hammond Stadium. A mascot that looked like a giant orange waved at Terry Francona as he (she? it?) walked by the Red Sox dugout, Terry waved back. Love spring training.