spring training report | Red Sox 4, Twins 0

Doubront, Napoli shine as Red Sox top Twins

Red Sox slugger Mike Napoli receives kudos in the dugout after his solo homer, his fourth of the spring, in the sixth inning of Boston’s 4-0 blanking of the Twins.


Red Sox slugger Mike Napoli receives kudos in the dugout after his solo homer, his fourth of the spring, in the sixth inning of Boston’s 4-0 blanking of the Twins.

SCORE: Red Sox 4, Twins 0

RECORD: 11-16-1


BREAKDOWN: The Sox broke through for a pair off Twins starter Phil Hughes in the fourth. Mike Carp doubled home Mike Napoli, who had walked. Napoli slid into third before rounding for home. He looked a little like Luis Tiant running the bases in the 1975 World Series. Xander Bogaerts made it 2-0 with a hard single to left. Napoli made it 3-0 with a leadoff homer in the sixth. It was Napoli’s fourth homer of the spring, tying him with Will Middlebrooks for the team lead. An RBI single by Derrik Gibson made it 4-0.

THUMBS UP: Ever-polite and personable Jackie Bradley Jr. manned up and faced the media after his demotion. He still hasn’t proven he can hit in the bigs, but we have not seen the last of JBJ.

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THUMBS DOWN: The vaunted Mayor’s Cup, presented to the winner of the annual Sox-Twins spring series, has been renamed the “Chairman’s Cup.’’ Perhaps an homage to Sox chairman Tom Werner? Not sure. But not as cool as “Mayor’s Cup.”

MEDICAL REPORT: Dustin Pedroia was in the original lineup, but was sent home with intestinal issues. David Ortiz (2 for 37, .054) was not scheduled to play Friday and reported some stiffness in his right calf. Ortiz is expected to play Saturday but manager John Farrell said, “He’ll be evaluated in the morning.’’ Shane Victorino (sore left side) played his ninth exhibition game, went 1 for 4, doubling to center in the third inning.

AROUND THE BASES: Jonathan Herrera started at second in place of Pedroia and was tagged with an error when he failed to glove a line drive off the bat of Chris Colabello. Like John Lackey a day earlier, Felix Doubront saved his strongest spring outing for his last one. Doubront scattered seven hits over five innings, but didn’t give up a run. He walked two and fanned seven, throwing 95 pitches. Lefty Drake Britton, Brandon Workman, Burke Badenhop, and Shunsuke Watanabe followed Doubront to the hill, all working one hitless inning. The Twins are really bad.


NEXT GAME: The Sox wrap up their spring schedule Saturday against Minnesota with a 1:05 p.m. game at JetBlue Park. The game will be broadcast on WEEI radio.

Dan Shaughnessy is a Globe columnist. He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @dan_shaughnessy.
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