Game report for Red Sox on March 7

Thursday was not a productive day for David Ortiz. The word is that his heel is OK but he has general soreness.
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Thursday was not a productive day for David Ortiz. The word is that his heel is OK but he has general soreness.

 SCORE: Red Sox 12, Twins 5.

 RECORD: 7-6.

 BREAKDOWN: Facing a split-squad Twins team, the Sox had 16 hits while six pitchers combined to strike out 14. Mike Napoli belted his second home run, a three-run shot in the fourth inning. It was high and deep to left, something he has made a habit of. Dustin Pedroia was 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs. Jackie Bradley Jr. had two more hits and is 10 for 20 this spring.


 THUMBS UP: Clay Buchholz threw three shutout innings and struck out four without a walk. He worked at a quicker tempo, something the Red Sox have been encouraging. “I’ve tried to bring it into the game as much as I could,” said Buchholz. “It’s getting the ball after throwing a strike and throwing another strike.” Coaches used a stopwatch to demonstrate to Buchholz how long he was taking between throws. “You have to have some proof to show them,” manager John Farrell said.

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 THUMBS DOWN: Joel Hanrahan allowed five consecutive batters to reach base in the fourth inning. He finally got a strikeout after a walk and four hard-hit singles. He was accountable for four runs and has allowed six earned runs in three innings so far. Hanrahan’s wife is expecting the couple’s first child Monday. Hanrahan will pitch Saturday, then return home for the big event. “When I come back, I’ve got to put my foot down and start getting some people out,” said Hanrahan, who joked that he was worried his poor performance might have spurred the arrival of his son, who will be named Ryan.

 MEDICAL REPORT: Will Middlebrooks was sent home for the day with flulike symptoms. Jacoby Ellsbury returned and was 1 for 3.

 AROUND THE BASES: Koji Uehara threw a scoreless inning. He has been perfect so far, retiring all 12 batters . . . Andrew Miller had his long hair and beard trimmed back a day after the Globe ran a story about his wild-man look. “Too much pressure,” he said, laughing.

 NEXT GAME: Friday at JetBlue Park against Minnesota. The Sox will start Ryan Dempster against Mike Pelfrey. The game will be on NESN and WEEI.


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