Schilling takes aim at players for Sox' collapse

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Schilling takes aim at players for Sox' collapse

As speculation continues about Terry Francona's future with the Red Sox -- speculation pushed forward by Ken Rosenthal's overnight report that the Sox are expected to decline the final two options on Francona's contract, for 2012 and '13, at a Friday morning meeting -- Curt Schilling weighed in on Twitter this morning with a shot on the Red Sox players.

"At some point," Schilling said in a series of Tweets, "GROWN MEN have to take responsibility for their actions."

Schilling said the Red Sox organization "goes out of its way to provide best environment in MLB for players to succeed", but "Big couches, video games, buses, schedule etc., = excuses and lack of accountability".

The Red Sox, he continued, will "pay and provide everything a player and his family could want . . . Just win. That's the ONLY ask . . . and those organizations are few and far between."

Schilling also said the fact that Francona and general manager Theo Epstein went public with clubhouse issues at Thursday's press conference was "incredibly revealing".

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

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

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.