Game over: Red Sox 2, Twins 1: That’s three straight for the Sox. They had only six hits but that was enough on a cold and windy day in Florida. Back with some more later on.
Middle of the 9th: Red Sox 2, Twins 1: Sox need three outs to finish this off. Have to head to the clubhouse. Back later with more.
Top of the 8th: Red Sox 2, Twins1: Morneau hit a long home run off Aceves in the fourth inning. The Sox scored a run in the fifth on Sweeney’s RBI single after Diaz and Victorino walked.
Top of the 4th: Red Sox 1, Twins 0: It’s 1-0 and the first three innings took nearly 90 minutes. Come on now. Anyway, Aceves handled the Twins in the third inning. Each team has three hits.
Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 1, Twins 0: Buchholz was done after 1.1 innings and 40 pitches (22 strikes). His line: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K. He left with a runner on first.
Alfredo Aceves came in and allowed a single to right, driving the runner to third. But he got Florimon to ground into a 3-6-1 double play. Overbay was in position for the the throw but Aceves was there and he grabbed it.
Middle of 2nd: Red Sox 1, Twins 0: Juan Carlos Linares went opposite field on Gibson, driving a line drive over the fence in right. Linares is 28 and built like a fireplug. But he can hit.
Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 0, Twins 0: Sweeney singled for the Sox in the first but that was it. Middlebrooks tapped to first with an excuse-me check swing. Buchholz had a 25-pitch inning. He fanned Benson on five pitches then walked Carroll before Mauer singled. He got Willingham and Morneau on balls to center.
Pre-game: Welcome to Hammond Stadium, about five miles from Jet Blue Park. It’s the inaugural game of the vaunted Mayor’s Cup series in the Fort. It’s 57 degrees and cloudy here as Clay Buchholz prepares for his first start of the spring.
We’ll have occasional updates on the game. You also can listen on WEEI.