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Minnesota at Boston

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    Minnesota4
    Boston4

    Twins 4, Red Sox 4 (10 innings)

    CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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    FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Minnesota's Matt Garza made a strong early impression toward winning a spot in his team's rotation.

    Boston's Curt Schilling didn't need to.

    Garza, the Twins' Minor League Pitcher of the Year last season, and Schilling, penciled in as the Red Sox's opening day starter, each pitched two scoreless innings in a 4-4 tie in 10 innings Wednesday night.

    "It was a blast," Garza said of pitching against Schilling in both teams' exhibition opener. "There's no pressure on me. I got up (to the majors) in a year. That's more than I can ask for."

    Garza, 23, won his first five decisions at Triple-A Fort Myers last season and was a combined 14-4 before making his major league debut on Aug. 11. On Wednesday, he struck out David Ortiz on a slider in the first inning.

    "We just want him to do what he did tonight," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Throw the ball down, attack the hitters and make them swing the bat."

    Schilling allowed two hits and the Red Sox led 4-1 before Julian Tavarez allowed a three-run homer in the fifth by Joe Mauer.

    "I felt a little stronger than I thought I might be," said Schilling, who threw 19 pitches -- 18 fastballs and one slider. "I feel like I'm good to go for a lot more than that right now."

    Francona said he didn't think it was worth it to change his plan and send out Schilling, who threw 15 strikes, for a third inning even though he hadn't thrown many pitches.

    "He got two innings under his belt and he threw strikes," Francona said.

    "I was nervous and short of breath and all the things I normally am whether I'm facing Northwestern or the Yankees," Schilling said. "It's that first time out, that anxiety."

    The Twins had taken a 1-0 lead in the third against Boston closer candidate Joel Pineiro on a single by Jason Bartlett, a throwing error by shortstop Julio Lugo and an RBI single by Rondell White.

    Boston went ahead 4-1 against Scott Baker with two runs in both the third and fourth innings. Lugo and Ortiz singled in runs in the third and Jacoby Ellsbury doubled home two in the fourth.

    The Twins nearly took the lead in the ninth, but right fielder Alex Ochoa turned a double play by catching Alexi Casilla's fly ball and throwing out Luis Rodriguez at home after he tagged up.

    "As soon as it was hit, I said, 'Oh, no, he can throw,'" Gardenhire said.

    Francona said, "That's one of the better baseball throws you'll ever see."

    Ochoa, a long shot to make the Red Sox, also threw out a runner at second in the fifth.

    Notes

    Before the game, a statue was unveiled of former Red Sox star Ted Williams in front of City of Palms Park. His former teammate, a tearful Johnny Pesky, 87 participated in the ceremony. ... Twins first baseman Ken Harvey will miss at least 3-4 days after pulling a chest muscle on his first swing. Center fielder Torii Hunter is day to day after bending a fingernail back while sliding.

     
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    Minnesota Twins
    Luis Castillo, 2B3010001
        Alexi Casilla, PR-2B2100003
    Jason Tyner, RF-LF3110000
        Tommy Watkins, LF2000000
    Joe Mauer, C3113000
        Chris Heintz, C2000001
    Rondell White, LF3021000
        Garrett Jones, RF2000021
    Torii Hunter, CF3010003
        Denard Span, CF1000000
    Matt LeCroy, DH4010021
    Ken Harvey, 1B2010000
        Glenn Williams, 1B2000011
    Luis Rodriguez, 3B4010003
    Jason Bartlett, SS2110000
        Gil Velazquez, SS2000011
    Totals40410406  
    Batting
    2B - Luis Rodriguez (, Ru. Hernandez)
    HR - Joe Mauer (, Tavarez)
    RBI - Joe Mauer 3 (), Rondell White ()
    2-OUT RBI - Rondell White ()
    CS - Tommy Watkins (, 2nd base by Romero/Castillo)
    Team LOB - 6
    Minnesota Twins
    Matt Garza 2000010
    Scott Baker 1.1744140
    Jason Miller 0.2000010
    Julio DePaula 2000010
    Brad Voyles 1000000
    Ricky Barrett 1100010
    Errol Simonitsch 2100130
    WP - Errol Simonitsch ()
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Garza 3-2, Jason Miller 1-0, Julio DePaula 3-2, Brad Voyles 1-2, Ricky Barrett 1-1, Errol Simonitsch 2-1
    Batters Faced - Matt Garza 6, Scott Baker 12, Jason Miller 2, Julio DePaula 6, Brad Voyles 3, Ricky Barrett 4, Errol Simonitsch 8
    Boston Red Sox
    Julio Lugo, SS3011012
        Ed Rogers, SS2000001
    Kevin Youkilis, 1B3000014
        Jeff Bailey, 1B2000000
    David Ortiz, DH2011010
       a- Luis Jimenez, PH-DH3010000
        Brandon Moss, PR-DH0000000
    Jason Varitek, C2000012
        Alberto Castillo, C3010011
    Mike Lowell, 3B2000010
        Chad Spann, 3B3000022
    Wily Mo Pena, RF2110000
        Alex Ochoa, RF2000011
    Dustin Pedroia, 2B2210100
        Joe McEwing, 2B1000000
    David Murphy, LF3120000
        Bobby Scales, LF0000100
    Jacoby Ellsbury, CF3012012
        Kerry Robinson, CF1000011
    Totals39494211  
    a-grounded out for Ortiz in the 5th
    Batting
    2B - Alberto Castillo (, Barrett)
    RBI - Julio Lugo (), David Ortiz (), Jacoby Ellsbury 2 ()
    2-OUT RBI - David Ortiz ()
    SB - Jacoby Ellsbury (, 2nd base off Miller/Mauer)
    Team LOB - 7
    Fielding
    Outfield Assists - Alex Ochoa 2
    DP - Ochoa-Castillo
    E - Julio Lugo (, Throwing), Chad Spann 2 (, Misplayed grounder)
    Boston Red Sox
    Curt Schilling 2200000
    Joel Pineiro 1210000
    Brendan Donnelly (H,) 1000010
    Julian Tavarez 1433001
    Manny Delcarmen 1100000
    J.C. Romero 1000010
    Bryan Corey 1000020
    Runelvys Hernandez 1100010
    Chris Smith 1000010
    WP - Runelvys Hernandez ()
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Curt Schilling 3-3, Joel Pineiro 3-1, Brendan Donnelly 1-1, Julian Tavarez 2-0, Manny Delcarmen 2-2, J.C. Romero 1-1, Chris Smith 1-1
    Batters Faced - Curt Schilling 8, Joel Pineiro 6, Brendan Donnelly 3, Julian Tavarez 6, Manny Delcarmen 5, J.C. Romero 3, Bryan Corey 3, Runelvys Hernandez 3, Chris Smith 3
    Game Information
    Attendance - 7649
    Game Time - 0:00
    Temperature - 70
    Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Randy Marsh, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - Chad Fairchild