Red Sox handle Twins with ease, 11-2

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Red Sox handle Twins with ease, 11-2

MINNEAPOLIS -- No late-inning drama this time for the Red Sox -- just an old-fashioned, easy-to-enjoy lopsided win.

The Sox cranked out 18 hits and bashed the Minnesota Twins, 11-2, for their second straight win to open a seven-game road swing.

Six different Red Sox had multi-hit games, led by Mike Aviles with four hits Adrian Gonzalez and who had three hits. David Ortiz had three RBI, while Aviles and Gonzalez added two apiece.

Aviles had two doubles, a homer and a single while Ortiz singled in one run and belted a mammoth 429-foot homer in the fifth to drive in two more.

The Sox had multi-run innings in four of the first five frames.

Josh Beckett, who walked three in the first three in the first inning to walk in one run and clashed with home plate umpire Adrian Johnson in the first over the latter's strike zone, limited the Twins to just one more run over the next five innings.

Beckett, 2-2, finished with a flourish, striking out the side in the sixth, his final inning.

Scott Atchison then contributed two perfect innings of relief and Matt Albers finished up with a scoreless ninth.

STAR OF THE GAME: Mike Aviles
The shortstop enjoyed his sixth career four-hit game and drove in three runs and scoring three.

Since moving into the leadoff spot after the injury to Jacoby Ellsbury, Aviles has hit .395 with four doubles, three homers and nine runs scored.

HONORABLE MENTION: Josh Beckett
It wasn't pretty at the beginning, what with three straight walks leading to a run in the first inning, followed by a verbal confrontation with home plate umpire Adrian Johnson.

But after allowing a run in the first, Beckett allowed just one more over his final five innings and got his second win of the season

GOAT OF THE GAME: Nick Blackburn
Blackburn fell behind 3-0 before his teammates could come to the plate and it was all downhill from there. The Sox added two more off him in the third, meaning the Minnesota bullpen had to go six innings.

TURNING POINT: When Beckett left the mound after the first, he had some choice (and profane) words for Johnson. Whether it helped to blow off some steam, Beckett was different after that and didn't walk another batter the rest of the way.

BY THE NUMBERS: David Ortiz has 28 hits through the first 16 games of the season, the most in that span by a Red Sox lefthanded hitter in franchise history.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "He got a little frustrated, possibly, but it really turned up his competitive fluids. He was into it. I haven't seen Josh like that. It seemed like this was a game he really wanted.'' -Bobby Valentine after his starter jawed with home plate umpire Adrian Johnson over balls and strikes.

Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Ivan Rodriguez elected to Hall of Fame

Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Ivan Rodriguez elected to Hall of Fame

NEW YORK - Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez were elected to baseball's Hall of Fame on Wednesday, earning the honor as Trevor Hoffman and Vladimir Guerrero fell just short.

Steroids-tainted stars Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were passed over for the fifth straight year by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. But they received significantly more votes this time and could be in position to gain election in coming years.

Bagwell, on the ballot for the seventh time after falling 15 votes short last year, received 381 of 442 votes for 86.2 percent. Players needed 75 percent, which came to 332 votes this year.

In his 10th and final year of eligibility, Raines was on 380 ballots (86 percent). Rodriguez received 336 votes (76 percent) to join Johnny Bench in 1989 as the only catchers elected on the first ballot.

Hoffman was five votes shy and Guerrero 15 short.

Edgar Martinez was next at 58.6 percent, followed by Clemens at 54.1 percent, Bonds at 53.8 percent, Mike Mussina at 51.8 percent, Curt Schilling at 45 percent, Lee Smith at 34.2 percent and Manny Ramirez at 23.8 percent.

Players will be inducted July 30 during ceremonies at Cooperstown along with former Commissioner Bud Selig and retired Kansas City and Atlanta Braves executive John Schuerholz, both elected last month by a veterans committee.

Bagwell was a four-time All-Star who spent his entire career with Houston, finishing with a .297 batting average, 401 homers and 1,401 RBIs.

Raines, fifth in career stolen bases, was a seven-time All-Star and the 1986 NL batting champion. He spent 13 of 23 big league seasons with the Montreal Expos, who left Canada to become the Washington Nationals for the 2005 season, and joins Andre Dawson and Gary Carter as the only players to enter the Hall representing the Expos.

Raines hit .294 with a .385 on-base percentage, playing during a time when Rickey Henderson was the sport's dominant speedster.

Rodriguez, a 14-time All-Star who hit .296 with 311 homers and 1,332 RBIs, was never disciplined for PEDs but former Texas teammate Jose Canseco alleged in a 2005 book that he injected the catcher with steroids. Asked whether he was on the list of players who allegedly tested positive for steroids during baseball's 2003 survey, Rodriguez said in 2009: "Only God knows."

Bonds, a seven-time MVP who holds the season and career home run records, received 36.2 percent in his initial appearance, in 2013, and jumped from 44.3 percent last year. Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young Award winner, rose from 45.2 percent last year.

Bonds was indicted on charges he lied to a grand jury in 2003 when he denied using PEDs, but a jury failed to reach a verdict on three counts he made false statements and convicted him on one obstruction of justice count, finding he gave an evasive answer. The conviction was overturned appeal in 2015.

Clemens was acquitted on one count of obstruction of Congress, three counts of making false statements to Congress and two counts of perjury, all stemming from his denials of drug use.

A 12-time All-Star on the ballot for the first time, Ramirez was twice suspended for violating baseball's drug agreement. He helped the Boston Red Sox win World Series titles in 2004 and `07, the first for the franchise since 1918, and hit .312 with 555 home runs and 1,831 RBIs in 19 big league seasons.

Several notable players will join them in the competition for votes in upcoming years: Chipper Jones in 2018, Mariano Rivera and Roy Halladay in 2019, and Derek Jeter in 2020.

Sam Travis among nine non-roster invitees added to Red Sox spring training roster

Sam Travis among nine non-roster invitees added to Red Sox spring training roster

The Red Sox have invited nine non-roster players to spring training, the team announced Wednesday. The team now has a total of 15 non-roster invitees. 

Added Wednesday to the spring training roster were outfielder/infielder Allen Craig, third baseman Rafael Devers, first baseman Sam Travis, catcher Jordan Procyshen, outfielders Brian Bogusevic and Rusney Castillo, and right-handed pitchers Kyle Kendrick, Chandler Shepherd and Ben Taylor.

In addition to 39 players on the 40-man roster, the Sox have the following breakdown of non-roster invitees: 

Pitchers: Kyle Kendrick, Edgar Olmos, Chandler Shepherd, Ben Taylor, Marcus Walden
 
Catchers: Dan Butler, Jake DePew, Jordan Procyshen
 
Infielders: Rafael Devers, Matt Dominguez, Sam Travis
 
Outfielders: Brian Bogusevic, Rusney Castillo, Allen Craig, Junior Lake