End 9th, Red Sox 4-3: Francisco Cordero spun a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish off a 4-3 Red Sox win.
Dustin Pedroia’s two-run double in the fifth inning was the difference. Pedroia, who was 2-for-19 coming into the game, finished with two hits, as did Shane Victorino.
Jake Peavy pitched three innings in his spring training debut Thursday. He gave up two runs (one earned) on two hits. He struck out two and walked two.
Brandon Workman also went three solid frames. He struck out three without allowing a run.
Mid 9th, Red Sox 4-3: The Red Sox threatened for more in the eighth inning, but were unable to add to their lead.
Christian Vazquez walked and Deven Marrero doubled, setting up second and third with one out. But Mike McCoy struck out swinging and Jonny Gomes grounded to third base.
Francisco Cordero will pitch the ninth inning for Boston.
End 8th, Red Sox 4-3: Dalier Hinojosa escaped a jam in the eighth inning to keep Boston’s one-run lead intact.
Hinojosa struck out Brandon Waring on a pitch in the dirt to begin the bottom of the eighth. Christian Vazquez blocked it behind the plate and fired down to first base to complete the out.
Jonathan Herrera then made a tremendous play at second base to take away a hit from Wilkin Ramirez. Ramirez hit a ground ball up the middle that looked destined for center field, but Herrera ranged over, made a backhanded play and fired a strong, off-balance throw to first to complete the out.
Chris Herrmann singled and Danny Santana doubled down the left field line with two outs. Herrmann was given the stop sign at third base, though, and Hinojosa escaped the inning by getting Darin Mastroianni to fly out to Mike McCoy in center field.
Mid 8th, Red Sox 4-3: Nice work from Samuel Deduno in this one.
Deduno kept the ball down again in the eighth, inducing two ground-ball outs en route to a 1-2-3 inning.
Jonathan Herrera and Mike Carp (pinch-hitting for David Ortiz) grounded to second baseman Eduardo Escobar.
Deduno finished off the inning by striking out Brandon Snyder. Snyder went down hacking.
End 7th, Red Sox 4-3: Brandon Workman struck out two in a scoreless seventh inning.
Chris Colabello and Chris Parmelee both went down swinging against the 25-year-old right-hander.
Manager John Farrell said before the game Workman likely won’t bounce back and forth between the rotation and the bullpen with regularity in 2014 — like he did in 2013. The Red Sox prefer to keep him in one role, and it’s likely Workman will begin the season in Pawtucket’s rotation.
Mid 7th, Red Sox 4-3: Samuel Deduno did a nice job of keeping the ball on the ground.
Jackie Bradley Jr. and Jonny Gomes each grounded out in the seventh inning. Deduno struck out Corey Brown swinging to complete the 1-2-3 frame.
End 6th, Red Sox 4-3: The bottom of the sixth inning also included a video review.
Chris Herrmann singled into center field with one out. Danny Santana then hit a ground ball to second baseman Jonathan Herrerra, who tried to kick off a 4-6-3, inning-ending double play. Santana was (correctly) called safe at first base, which prompted the video review that upheld the ruling on the field.
Eduardo Escobar flied out to left field to end the inning.
Mid 6th, Red Sox 4-3: The top of the sixth inning included a review, after which the call stood.
Mike Napoli thought he had his third home run of the spring, but video review upheld the initial foul call.
Xander Bogaerts was the only Red Sox hitter to reach in the inning, drawing a walk against Twins pitcher Samuel Deduno.
Napoli and A.J. Pierzynski grounded out to the right side, and Will Middlebrooks flied out to left field.
End 5th, Red Sox 4-3: Brandon Workman tossed a 1-2-3 fifth inning for Boston.
Josh Willingham and Trevor Plouffe each grounded out in the inning. Oswaldo Arcia, who doubled earlier, struck out looking.
Mid 5th, Red Sox 4-3: The Laser Show appears to be starting.
Dustin Pedroia, who entered the contest just 2-for-19 this spring, has two hits, including a two-run double in the fifth inning that gave the Red Sox a 4-3 lead.
Matt Hoffman got two quick outs in the fifth before Daniel Nava reached on an error by shortstop Danny Santana. Shane Victorino then dropped down a bunt single, paving the way for Pedroia’s two-run knock.
End 4th, Twins 3-2: Andrew Miller took over for Jake Peavy in the fourth inning after a leadoff walk. The lefty really struggled.
Oswaldo Arcia greeted Miller with a sharp ground ball that sneaked past Will Middlebrooks inside the third base bag. Arcia cruised into second with a double while Josh Willingham raced into third base.
Trevor Plouffe, whose error opened the door for Boston’s first run, drilled a line drive right on the screws. It also happened to be right at Dustin Pedroia, though, and the Gold Glove second baseman put it away for the inning’s first out.
The Twins scored their first run when Miller uncorked a wild pitch with Jason Kubel batting. Kubel ended up walking before Kurt Suzuki tied the score with an RBI single into left field. Suzuki’s base hit knocked Miller from the game.
The Red Sox brought in Matty Ott in the hopes of escaping the inning without any additional damage. But the Twins grabbed the lead when Aaron Hicks grounded to the right side with Kubel on third base.
Ott, who walked two, finally escaped the inning by getting Joe Mauer to ground to his first base counterpart.
Peavy was charged with two runs (one earned) on two hits in three innings. He walked two and struck out two.
2:28 p.m., 2-2: Andrew Miller recorded just one out before getting the hook. The left-hander again struggled with his control.
The Twins have struck for two runs thus far in the fourth inning.
2:16 p.m., Red Sox 2-0: Jake Peavy issued a leadoff walk to Josh Willingham, and he’ll now give way to Andrew Miller.
Mid 4th, Red Sox 2-0: Matt Hoffman had no trouble taking care of business in the fourth inning after replacing starter Phil Hughes.
Mike Napoli and Xander Bogaerts sandwiched an A.J. Pierzynski popout with a pair of groundouts to the left side.
End 3rd, Red Sox 2-0: Jake Peavy worked a clean third inning.
Aaron Hicks flied out to right field. Brian Dozier and Joe Mauer grounded out to second base and third base, respectively.
Mid 3rd, Red Sox 2-0: The Red Sox benefited from some sloppy defense by the Twins in the third inning.
Xander Bogaerts reached on an error by third baseman Trevor Plouffe to begin the inning. Bogaerts hit a ground ball to the left side that slipped underneath Plouffe’s glove.
Will Middlebrooks followed with a single into left field to put runners at first and second with no outs.
Phil Hughes tried a pickoff attempt with Daniel Nava batting after Jackie Bradley Jr.’s flyout to right field enabled Bogaerts to take third base. Joe Mauer, who is transitioning from catcher to first base on a full-time basis this season, dropped the ball, which enabled Bogaerts to trot home with Boston’s first run.
Middlebrooks swiped second base, and then scored when Shane Victorino lined a single into left-center field. Shortstop Danny Santana nearly made a nice leaping grab, but the ball deflected off his glove.
Dustin Pedroia, who was 2-for-20 entering his third-inning at-bat, singled before Hughes escaped the frame.
End 2nd, 0-0: Jake Peavy’s stuff has been pretty sharp in the early going.
Peavy struck out Trevor Plouffe swinging to begin the second inning. It was Peavy’s second strikeout of the afternoon.
Jason Kubel then worked a walk against Peavy, but the Boston right-hander rebounded to take care of Kurt Suzuki and Danny Santana.
Mid 2nd, 0-0: Phil Hughes used a double play to his advantage in the second inning.
Mike Napoli followed David Ortiz’s inning-opening strikeout with a sinking live drive into center field. Aaron Hicks charged in and laid out, but the ball fell in front of him.
Napoli’s one-out single didn’t materialized into anything, as A.J. Pierzynski chopped into a 4-6-3, inning-ending double play.
End 1st, 0-0: Jake Peavy worked around some trouble in his first inning of the spring.
Peavy surrendered singles to Aaron Hicks and Joe Mauer before escaping a one-out, first-and-third jam.
Mauer sent Hicks from first to third with a single into right field on a hit-and-run play. Peavy avoided any damage on the scoreboard by striking out Josh Willingham and getting Oswaldo Arcia to fly out to right field.
Mid 1st, 0-0: The Red Sox went down in order in the first inning.
Daniel Nava grounded out, Shane Victorino popped out and Dustin Pedroia flied out.
Victorino batted right-handed versus righty Phil Hughes, continuing the trend that began last season and further adding to the thought he might do away with switch-hitting altogether. Victorino put up a good, lengthy at-bat — fouling off several pitches — before eventually popping out to third baseman Trevor Plouffe in foul territory.
Pedroia put a pretty good charge into Hughes’ offering, but center fielder Aaron Hicks ranged over to track it down in left-center.
1:04 p.m.: Phil Hughes misses with a first-pitch ball. The action is underway at Hammond Stadium.
12:57 p.m.: The national anthem was performed using a tuba. So there’s that.
Now, we’re just about ready for baseball, with Phil Hughes scheduled to deliver the game’s first pitch.
Grady Sizemore, who played back-to-back games Monday and Tuesday, isn’t playing in Thursday’s major league game, but he is scheduled to receive three at-bats in a Triple-A game, according to manager John Farrell.
Shane Victorino and David Ross will play in a minor league game Friday while some others travel to Dunedin, Fla., to face the Toronto Blue Jays.
10: 30 a.m.: Thursday’s starting lineups are below.
Boston Red Sox
Daniel Nava, LF
Shane Victorino, RF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
David Ortiz, DH
Mike Napoli, 1B
A.J. Pierzynski, C
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Will Middlebrooks, 3B
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Jake Peavy, RHP
Aaron Hicks, CF
Brian Dozier, 2B
Joe Mauer, 1B
Josh Willingham, LF
Oswaldo Arcia, RF
Trevor Plouffe, 3B
Jason Kubel, DH
Kurt Suzuki, C
Danny Santana, SS
Phil Hughes, RHP
10:22 a.m.: As mentioned, the Red Sox cut 12 players from major league camp Thursday morning. Check out the Red Sox’s roster moves at the link below.
10:15 a.m. ET: Jake Peavy will make his spring training debut Thursday as the Boston Red Sox scoot across town to take on the Minnesota Twins in spring training action at Hammond Stadium.
Peavy’s spring, of course, has been altered by a laceration on his left index finger that he suffered during a fishing knife accident early in camp. The right-hander has continued to throw in preparation for Thursday’s debut, though, and the only noticeable difference might be a bigger glove with some extra padding.
Peavy isn’t expected to have any limitations Thursday, and the Red Sox are scheduled to trot out mostly regulars against the Twins. Boston also made several roster cuts Thursday, so the major league clubhouse at JetBlue Park has cleared out a bit.
Thursday’s action is scheduled to kick off at 1:05 p.m. Be sure to stick around with NESN.com throughout the day for continued updates and all sorts of fun.
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