Game updates on the split-squad doubleheader

1:00 p.m., Sox at Rays

We’re about to get underway here in Port Charlotte, where they have a sellout crowd.

1:08 p.m., Twins at Sox

Lackey struck out the first batter he faced, Ben Revere, on three pitches then got Hudson and Hardy to ground out.

1:21 p.m., Sox at Rays

The Sox have taken a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. After Sonnanstine walked Scutaro, Pedroia and Youkilis to load the bases, Beltre singled in a run before Reddick grounded out, driving in Pedroia.

1:32 p.m., Twins at Sox

Lackey just sailed through his second inning. Meanwhile Amalie reports. “Dmitri Young is currently sitting in the second row here, entertaining all. Though it is odd to hear the occasional cheer in the press box.” Michael Bowden next to pitch.


1:33 p.m., Sox at Rays

Sox lead 2-0 and Felix Doubront is pitching in the bottom of the 1st.

1:37 p.m., Sox at Rays

Doubront walked Longoria after just missing with a 2-2 fastball. But he got Pena to ground to first after Longoria stole second. Solid first inning for the young man.

1:50 p.m., Sox at Rays

Here’s the view from the press box in Port Charlotte:


Meanwhile, Felix Doubront just opened the bottom of the second by fanning Zobrist and Burrell.

It’s 0-0 in Fort Myers and 2-0 Sox in Port Charlotte.

2:05 p.m., Sox at Rays

Felix Doubront is done for the day after an impressive two innings. He allowed only a walk and struck out three. Adam Mills on the mound now. Still 2-0 Sox.

2:38 p.m., Sox at Rays

4-3 Rays now. Adam Mills is getting pounded in this inning. Solo shot by Zobrist, two-run blast by Shoppach.

2:42 p.m., Twins at Sox

Sox lead 2-0 in Fort Myers. Joe Nathan left the game with elbow soreness related to the clean-up surgery he had last fall. … Gil Velasquez had an RBI single for the Sox.

3:20 p.m., Sox at Rays

The Sox just tied it up on an RBI single by Brett Harper. Youkilis, Pedroia, Scutaro and Beltre are out of the game and probably en route home by now. I spoke to Pedroia bit and he was marveling at the defensive skills of Scutaro and Beltre.


“You read things and you hear things but when you see in person, you realize how hard they work at it,” he said. “I think this infield has a chance to be a very good one.”

Pedroia said the sign of a good infield comes in the willingness of a starting pitcher to attack the strike zone. “If they’re working low and trying to get groundballs, you know they have that faith,” he said. “I think you’ll see a lot of that.”

3:23 p.m., Twins at Sox

The Twins lead 3-2, having scored twice in the seventh.

3:25 p.m., Twins at Sox

But wait. Tug Hulett just belted a three-run homer. Sox lead 5-3 back at City of Palms.

3:54 p.m., Sox at Rays

It’s 4-4 going to the ninth.

3:55 p.m., Twins at Sox

Sox lead 6-3 in the 8th inning.

The day is done, Sox split

Sox win 9-3 over the Twins in Fort Myers and lose 6-4 in Port Charlotte on a two-run walk-off homer by Justin Ruggiano off Kris Johnson.

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