Twins 6, Red Sox 2

Red Sox falter against Twins

Grady Sizemore struck out in the third inning of an exhibition game against the Twins.
Grady Sizemore struck out in the third inning of an exhibition game against the Twins.

SCORE: Twins 6, Red Sox 2.

RECORD: 0-2.

BREAKDOWN: Righthander Allen Webster allowed three runs, as did nonroster lefthanded reliever Jose Mijares. Chris Parmelee had a three-run homer for the Twins.


THUMBS UP: Lefthander Drake Britton retired six of the seven batters he faced, four by strikeout. He threw three pitches for strikes and “he was outstanding,” manager John Farrell said. “He was crisp, he was powerful.” Britton worked his fastball in against righthanded hitters and threw his changeup and slider for strikes. “I felt really good mechanically. I was not trying to do too much, just stay where I was at,” Britton said.

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THUMBS DOWN: Garin Cecchini ripped a ball into the gap in right field in the second inning but was thrown out trying for a double. Cecchini was 2 for 3 . . . The Sox were 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position.

MEDICAL REPORT: Daniel Nava (neck) played in his first game and homered batting righthanded in the first inning. The switch-hitter hit only two home runs righthanded last season. Because of the neck pain, Nava had not yet taken a righthanded swing in camp before he came to the plate.

AROUND THE BASES: The crowd of 8,547 at Hammond Stadium booed former Twin A.J. Pierzynski when he came to the plate in the first inning. He tipped his helmet . . . Ryan Lavarnway saw his first action at first base, playing three innings . . . It was 76 degrees at the start of the game, 78 degrees warmer than in Minneapolis at the time . . . Hammond Stadium was refurbished with a walkway and new stands in the outfield and other upgrades that will be finished before next season. Lee County was contractually obligated to make the improvements after building a new facility for the Red Sox.

NEXT GAME: The Red Sox host the Orioles on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. The game will be on NESN and WEEI.

Peter Abraham