Red Sox blow two late leads, lose, 13-12

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Red Sox blow two late leads, lose, 13-12

DETROIT -- Twice on the verge of their first win of 2012, the Red Sox bullpen blew multi-run leads in the late innings, ultimately succumbing in the bottom of the 11th, 13-12, to the Detroit Tigers, extending their winless record to 0-3.

Mark Melancon allowed a two-out, two-run homer to Alex Avila in the bottom of the 11th, two innings after Alfredo Aceves yielded a three-run homer to Miguel Cabrera when the Sox seemed poised to win it in the ninth.

Nick Punto, getting his first start of the season and inserted into the leadoff spot to deliver a "spark'' according to his manager, singled home Cody Ross in the top of the 11th inning, giving the Sox a 12-11 lead.

A run-scoring single by Dustin Pedroia gave the Sox another insurance run, but it wasn't enough.

The Sox had seemed poised to wrap things up in the ninth but with three outs to go, Aceves surrendered two singles and a game-tying three-run homer to Miguel Cabrera -- all in the span of seven pitches.

In two appearances as closer, Aceves has faced five hitters and allowed all five to reach -- a hit batsman, three singles and Cabrera's homer.

Adrian Gonzalez had snapped a 7-7 tie in the sixth when he belted Daniel Schlereth's first pitch deep into the seats in right for a two-run homer. The homer was the first for the Red Sox this season after being limited to just two runs in their first two games.

Vicente Padilla contributed four scoreless innings, allowing just two singles while striking out four to pick up the win.

Clay Buchholz, making his first regular season start since the middle of last June, was rocked for four runs in the first inning and was done after four, having allowed seven runs. It snapped a 42-game streak in which Buchholz hadn't allowed more than five earned runs.

Wright extends scoreless streak to 9 1/3 innings in Red Sox' 10-7 win over Pirates

Wright extends scoreless streak to 9 1/3 innings in Red Sox' 10-7 win over Pirates

The angst surrounding the David Price- and (possibly) Drew Pomeranz-less Red Sox starting rotation may have eased a little -- or a lot -- on Thursday.

Steven Wright extended his string of scoreless spring-training innings to 9 1/3 by blanking the Pirates for 4 1/3 innings in his third spring-traing start, leading the Sox to a 10-7 victory over the Pirates at SkyBlue Park.

Red Sox-Pirates box score

Wright allowed two hits -- the only two hits he's allowed this spring -- with one walk and three strikeouts.

Several of his pitching brethren, notably Heath Hembree and Robbie Ross Jr., didn't fare nearly as well. (See box score above.) But the Sox -- using what may be their regular-season batting order for the first time -- bailed them out with a 16-hit attack, led by Dustin Pedroia (3-for-3, now hitting ,500 for the spring). Mookie Betts, Hanley Ramirez, Jackie Bradley Jr., and, yes, Pablo Sandoval each added two hits. Sandoval also drove in three runs and is now hitting .362.

Xander Bogaerts went 1-for-4 in his return to the Sox from the World Baseball Classic.

 

A hungry ballplayer: Ex-Sox prospect Moncada once ate 85 Twinkies a week

A hungry ballplayer: Ex-Sox prospect Moncada once ate 85 Twinkies a week

This isn’t your average young and hungry player on the brink of the big leagues.

Yoan Moncada, the ex-Red Sox prospect who was one of the principal pieces in the trade for Chris Sale, ate 85 Twinkies in a week, his agent told ESPN The Magazine

David Hastings, Moncada's agent, clarified to CSNNE that this was a one-time thing when Moncada first arrived in the U.S. Moncada had never had Twinkies before, Hastings said, so he was like "a kid in a candy store."

He's still in great shape. Moncada had a huge spring training with the White Sox after a disappointing major-league debut with Boston in September. 

The 21-year-old third baseman has been optioned out of big-league camp, so he’s slated to start the year in Triple-A. But he hit .317 with a .391 on-base percentage and .683 slugging percentage and 3 home runs in 41 at-bats — some of the best numbers anywhere.

Moncada took a $31.5 million signing bonus from the Red Sox, money that the Sox turned into Sale. Moncada, meanwhile, didn’t exactly invest every cent.

Twinkies weren’t his only indulgence. 

More from the story: 

Moncada had money to spend on drones, video games, toys and clothes. He sometimes spent $1,500 or more during nights out, David says. After he purchased the second $200,000 car, Josefa [Hastings, David’s wife] tried to talk some sense into him.

David Hastings reinforced to CSNNE that the message to Moncada was to invest in things that appreciate in value.