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.

Pomeranz gives up three runs in Red Sox loss to Blue Jays

Pomeranz gives up three runs in Red Sox loss to Blue Jays

Starter Drew Pomeranz gives up three runs on five hits in four innings of work in the Red Sox' 3-2 loss to the Blue Jays on Friday.

Lou Merloni breaks down Pomeranz's start and explains why he should be in the starting rotation to begin the season.

Sox' lack of homegrown starters an understandable problem to Yanks' Cashman

Sox' lack of homegrown starters an understandable problem to Yanks' Cashman

The dearth of homegrown starting pitching for the Red Sox is talked about almost as much as every Tom Brady post on Instagram.

Red Sox fans may take some solace in knowing their team isn’t the only one dealing with this problem.

In an interview with MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman didn’t talk about his team’s pitching problems in context of the Red Sox. But the explanation the longtime Yanks boss offered should sound familiar. 

In the biggest of markets, time to develop properly is scarce.

“Yeah. It's a fact,” Cashman said when asked if criticism of their pitching development was fair. “I think part of the process has been certainly where we draft. Because we've had a lot of success, we've not been allowed to tank and go off the board and therefore get access to some of the high-end stuff that plays out to be impactful. Part of it is we can't get out of our own way because we don't have the patience to let guys finish off their development, because if you possess some unique ability that stands out above everybody else -- whether it was Joba Chamberlain, Ian Kennedy, now [Luis] Severino and before that [Bryan] Mitchell and Shane Greene -- we're pulling them up before their development is finished.

“Teams like Tampa Bay, for instance, they're going to wait until they have their four pitches down and their innings limits are all exceeded at the minor-league level; they're very disciplined in that approach as they finish off their starters. For us, if I'm looking at my owner and he says, ‘What's our best team we can take north?’ 

“Well, ‘We could take this guy; he's not necessarily 100 percent finished off, but we can stick him in our 'pen. He can be in the back end of our rotation, because he's better than some of the guys we already have,’ and then you cut corners, so I think that probably plays a role in it.”

Not everything is circumstantial, though -- or a deflection. 

“And sometimes we don't make the right decisions, either, when we're making draft selections and signings and stuff like that,” Cashman continued. “On top of it all, playing in New York is a lot different than playing anywhere else.”

We’ve heard that last part about Boston too, here and there.

Cashman was complimentary of his current Sox counterpart, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, whose team Cashman has compared to the Golden State Warriors.

On his feelings when he first heard the Sox were getting Chris Sale:

“When that trade was consummated, that was the first thing I thought about, which was, 'Wow, look at what they've done,' ” Cashman said. “I know how it's going to play out for them. Listen, Steve Kerr does a great job managing that team -- oh, I mean John Farrell. It's a lot of talent and with talent comes pressure to perform. I think Dave Dombrowski has done everything he possibly can to provide that city with a world championship team. They've got 162 games to show it.”