Carpenter makes Red Sox debut in relief

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Carpenter makes Red Sox debut in relief

Chris Carpenter, sent to the Red Sox back in spring training as compensation for the team allowing Theo Epstein to join the Chicago Cubs with a year remaining on his contract, made his Red Sox debut Monday.

Carpenter, who underwent surgery in the spring to remove some bone spurs from his elbow, recorded three outs in the bottom of the eighth after Rich Hill had walked the first batters of the inning.

"He's got a couple of pitches that are pretty hard to hit when they're down," said Bobby Valentine. "He's got a good fastball (and a) good slider."

The Sox can use all the bullpen reinforcements that they can get at this point, having relief heavily on their relievers during this trip. In the series just completed in Oakland, the bullpen pitched 14 23 innings when the starters were shelled early.

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Red Sox rally for 8-7 spring training victory over Twins

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Brian Bogusevic's RBI single in the eighth inning gave the Red Sox a come-from-behind, 8-7, spring training victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday in Fort Myers, Fla.

Bogusevic, 32, an outfielder signed to a minor league deal this winter, played in Japan last season and hasn't been in the major leagues since 2015 with the Phillies.

Reliever Tyler Thornburg, acquired in the offseason trade that sent Travis Shaw to the Milwaukee Brewers, had a rough outing in his Red Sox debut. He allowed five runs (four earned), four hits and a walk in 2/3 of an inning as the Red Sox fell behind 7-3 by the fourth inning.

Left-hander Roenis Elias started for Boston and allowed a first-inning home run to Byungho Park. He struck out three in two innings.

Mookie Betts went 2-for-3 with a double and first base prospect Sam Travis, hitting .500 this spring, tied it at 7 with an RBI double in the sixth.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said earlier Saturday that Eduardo Rodriguez is scheduled to make his first start on Thursday against the Tampa Bay Rays in Fort Myers and Chris Sale will make his first start March 6 against the Houston Astros in West Palm Beach. Rodriguez injured his knee in winter ball in Venezuela and threw his first batting practice session on Saturday.

The Red Sox next travel to Port Charlotte to play the Rays Sunday at 1:05 p.m.