03/05/10 3:36 PM EST
Sox can't pick up Lester in loss to Twins
Lefty allows four runs; Wakefield shines in spring debut
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com
at Fort Myers, Fla.
Friday, March 5
Red Sox at the plate: In Mike Cameron's first game for the Red Sox, he drew a leadoff walk before getting thrown out by Mauer while trying to steal second base. Victor Martinez doubled in the first.Twins at the plate: Denard Span led off the first inning with a single, and he was followed by back-to-back walks from Orlando Hudson and Joe Mauer, leaving the bases loaded with no outs for Justin Morneau. In his first at-bat since mid-September, Morneau laced a double down the right-field line to score two. Michael Cuddyer's RBI single to center and Delmon Young's sac fly to right gave the Twins a 4-0 lead after the first inning. Alexi Casilla added a one-out RBI single up the middle in the sixth, but nearly ran himself into an out before scrambling back to first base. Red Sox on the mound: Left-hander Jon Lester was a bit shaky in his spring debut, allowing four runs on three hits over just one inning of work. He walked two and struck out one. Tim Wakefield tossed two scoreless innings, allowing just one hit in his first appearance since undergoing back surgery last October. Twins on the mound: Starter Carl Pavano pitched two scoreless innings, allowing one hit while walking two and striking out one. Jon Rauch, Matt Guerrier and Clay Condrey each tossed a scoreless, 1-2-3 inning. Worth noting: In his debut as the Twins' second baseman, Hudson made a nice diving snag of a liner hit by Bill Hall in the third inning. Grapefruit League records: Twins 1-1; Red Sox 1-1 Up next: John Lackey will be making his first start for the Red Sox in Saturday's 1:05 p.m. ET contest against the Twins. It will actually be one of two games for the Red Sox on Saturday, as they have a split squad. Manager Terry Francona will travel with one half of the team to Port Charlotte, where the club's entire starting infield -- Adrian Beltre, Marco Scutaro, Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis -- is expected to play against the Rays.
The two teams will meet for the third consecutive time when they head back across town to City of Palms Park. The Twins will get their first look this spring at left-hander Francisco Liriano, who drew rave reviews for his performance in the Dominican Winter League this offseason. Glen Perkins, who was sidelined at the end of last season with a shoulder injury, is also expected to see his first game action of the spring in the contest.
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.