Beckett, Papelbon shut down Twins
Red Sox skate by on sac fly, solo blast due to suberb pitching
RED SOX 2, TWINS 1
at Fort Myers, Fla.
Sunday, March 1
Twins at the plate: Carlos Gomez's infield single in the third was the Twins' only hit through six innings. Justin Morneau added a single in the seventh inning, his final at-bat before leaving to play for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic. Prospect Deibinson Romero drove in Minnesota's only run with an RBI single to center in the eighth.
Red Sox at the plate: In his final game before departing to play for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, Dustin Pedroia delivered a sacrifice fly to left in the sixth inning for Boston's first run. Kevin Youkilis, who is also playing for the U.S. in the Classic, belted his first home run of the spring -- a solo shot to right field in the seventh inning. David Ortiz did not a record a hit in his three at-bats.Twins on the mound: Right-hander Kevin Slowey pitched two perfect innings in his first start of the spring, not allowing a hit and striking out Ortiz. Left-hander Glen Perkins, who pitched in relief due to the club's off-day on Monday, did not give up a run over his three innings, but allowed three hits. Craig Breslow gave up Youkilis' home run in his one inning of work, and Jose Mijares walked one in his inning. Red Sox on the mound: Josh Beckett did not allow a hit over his two innings of work. Tim Wakefield, who will be one of Boston's five starters this season, pitched his two innings after Beckett and allowed one hit and one walk. Closer Jonathon Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the fifth. Grapefruit League records: Twins 4-1; Red Sox 2-3 Up next: The Twins have an off-day on Monday before hosting Puerto Rico in a World Baseball Classic exhibition game Tuesday at 12:05 p.m. CT. Right-hander Scott Baker will start the contest for Minnesota. The Red Sox will travel to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Monday to face the Orioles at 1:05 p.m. ET. Right-handers Justin Masterson will start for Boston and face O's right-hander Brad Bergesen. Other pitchers expected to throw for Boston in the contest include Devern Hansack, Billy Traber and Daniel Bard.
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.