Twins Shutout By Red Sox 5-0
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Boston starter Felix Doubront limited Minnesota to two hits in four innings and Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a two-run homer in the fourth in the second of the Red Sox’s two split-squad games Friday, a 5-0 night victory over the Minnesota Twins.
The Red Sox also played to a 3-3, 10-inning tie with Baltimore in the afternoon.
Doubront had four strikeouts and walked one.
Doubront threw 68 pitches, 42 for strikes, and pitched more efficiently as the game went on.
Twins right-hander Liam Hendriks gave up three runs on five hits in four innings.
“I felt really good, fastball command was extremely good tonight,” Hendriks said. “You look at it, first hitter, (Jacoby) Ellsbury, jammed him, got the ball back and it had a little bit of pine tar on it. So I got it in there. He just turned on it a little bit. First two hits, I mean, jam shot and a rollover ground ball that just found the right spot.
“Last start, I was crossing my body and felt all out of whack. This time, in the bullpen session with (pitching coach) Rick (Anderson), I worked on really staying in line and throwing my hips toward the plate. It worked really well tonight. Fastball command was a lot better. Offspeed stuff was good. I didn’t throw all that much of it because they were late on all the fastballs. So I didn’t want to speed up their bats. Fastball command was fantastic. One bad pitch.”
But Twins manager Ron Gardenhire would like to have seen Hendriks throw a better mix of pitches.
“Hendriks threw the ball good,” Gardenhire said. “But didn’t really change his speeds much. All fastballs tonight. Really weren’t many spinners in there, changeups, nothing. I mean, it’s pretty impressive that you can throw all fastballs, but it doesn’t really work. You’ve got to mix in your other stuff. We noticed that quite a bit. His fastball, he located it and it was down, which was a good thing. Made one mistake to Salty. He killed it. But for the most part, he was efficient.”
The Red Sox opened the scoring in the first when Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a double, took third on Jonny Gomes’ infield single and scored when Dustin Pedroia grounded into a double play.
After Saltalamacchia hit his first home run of the spring to make it 3-0 in the fourth, Boston added two runs in the eighth off Brian Duensing. Shannon Wilkerson led off with a bunt single, advanced on Daniel Nava’s single to center and scored on Heiker Meneses’ double. Daniel Butler drove in Nava with a sacrifice fly.
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