FORT MYERS, Fla. – Despite fielding what is likely to be very close to their Opening Day lineup Monday in New York, the Red Sox fell to the Twins, 8-3, in their next-to-last spring training game.
The Sox were held hitless until Jacoby Ellsbury’s one-out single in the sixth inning. On the hit, Jackie Bradley, who walked to lead off the inning, went to second, scoring on Dustin Pedroia's single to right.
The Sox added a run in the eighth when Pedro Ciriaco laced a one-out triple to right. He was replaced by pinch-runner Derek Gibson, who scored on Ronald Bermudez’s single to left.
In the ninth, the Sox got another run when Miguel Almanzar doubled to right and scored on Blake Swihart’s double to left.
The Twins got two runs off starter Ryan Dempster in the second when Chris Parmelee walked with one out, taking third on Wilkin Ramirez’s double. Eduardo Escobar’s double to left scored both runners.
Minnesota added another run in the fourth when Ryan Doumit and Parmelee opened the inning with consecutive walks. Ramirez grounded into a force out, putting runners at the corners. Escobar’s single scored Doumit.
Junichi Tazawa followed Dempster, giving up a run on two hits and a walk in one inning. In 10 appearances, spanning 12 1/3 innings, he has allowed five earned runs on 11 hits and four walks with nine strikeouts, for a 3.65 ERA.
Clayton Mortensen pitched one scoreless inning. In seven Grapefruit League outings, he has given up six runs on seven hits and four walks with seven strikeouts, for a 5.23 ERA.
Minor leaguers Marco Duarte and Robby Scott combined to pitch the final two innings, giving up four runs on seven hits with one strikeout.
· After the game, Farrell said he had no additional clarification on finalizing the roster.
“I haven’t had a chance to talk to [general manager] Ben [Cherington],” Farrell said. “So I don’t know what developments have taken place today.”
· Left-hander Felix Doubront is scheduled to make his final spring training appearances on Saturday when the Sox host the Twins in their spring finale. He will be followed by Joel Hanrahan, Koji Uehara, Andrew Miller, and Andrew Bailey.