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Lackey, Middlebrooks lead Red Sox past Twins 4-1


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FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) John Lackey pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning, Will Middlebrooks had two extra-base hits and the Boston Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 4-1 on Thursday night.

Lackey, the team's No. 2 starter, gave up four hits with a walk and six strikeouts over 6 1-3 innings in his final tuneup for the regular season.

''He had his sharpest outing of the spring,'' Red Sox manager John Farrell said. ''He goes into the start of the season in very good shape. He had good power and good action to his breaking ball. He also had his cutter and curveball working. It was a very productive spring from John.''

Kevin Correia, the Twins' No. 2 starter, allowed one run and six hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out one.

''Correia threw the ball very well,'' Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''Changed speeds, used his splitter. We're throwing the ball just fine. We're not swinging, not getting too much offensively. Got to keep swinging. Got a few guys struggling right now, and we've got to get them swinging. Like to see a few hits before we start.''

Middlebrooks went 2 for 3 with a double and a triple. He drove in the go-ahead run with a double in the seventh and is batting .362 this spring (17 for 47).

Aaron Hicks had two hits for the Twins, driving in their only run with a seventh-inning double. He is hitting .340 this spring (16 for 47).

Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz went 0 for 2 with a strikeout, dropping his average to .054 (2 for 37) with 13 strikeouts.

STARTING TIME

Twins: Correia was satisfied with his final outing before facing the Chicago White Sox in his first regular-season start. In four games and 17 innings this spring, he gave up nine earned runs on 19 hits and two walks with three strikeouts.

''I was able to get six innings in my start before this, so I wasn't really pressed to go deep into the game,'' Correia said. ''I just wanted to get a decent amount of pitches. We've got an extra day (Tuesday) after the start of the season. I just wanted to get through that last start healthy and happy.''

Red Sox: Lackey threw 18 2-3 innings in four outings this spring. He gave up 13 runs on 24 hits and three walks with 17 strikeouts.

''I felt good,'' Lackey said. ''I tried to treat this one as a real one with it being a night game. I am ready to get things started.

''Today was the first time I really jumped on it and saw where I was at. I'm healthy going into the season.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: Left-hander Craig Breslow pitched one inning in a minor league game. Breslow, who has been brought along slowly this spring because of last season's workload, has yet to appear in a major league game. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 21, with a mild left shoulder strain.

Right-hander Steven Wright was also placed on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 21, as he recovers from sports hernia surgery in January.

SIZING HIM UP

Red Sox center fielder Grady Sizemore, trying a comeback after injuries sidelined him for more than two years, went 2 for 3 with a walk. He is batting .333 this spring (13 for 39). Sizemore is in competition for the starting job in center. Farrell said he would that announcement Friday.

STILL STRUGGLING

Twins designated hitter Josh Willingham went 0 for 3 with a walk and three strikeouts. He is batting .051 (2 for 39) with 13 strikeouts.

''He's fighting it right now,'' Gardenhire said. ''I could see tonight he's a little flustered out there. He knows we're fixing to start this thing and he wants to have a better feel. We'll see what we can do here in the next couple of days to get him some confidence. He's a veteran. He should be able to handle it, but right now I can see he's not handling it very well. But he ain't the only one.''

MAKING CUTS

Minnesota made a series of roster moves and now has 26 players in camp. Left-hander Scott Diamond and outfielder Chris Parmelee cleared waivers and were sent outright to Triple-A Rochester. Diamond is going to take 24 hours to decide if he will try to seek a major league job or stay in the Twins organization. Outfielder Alex Pressley was claimed off waivers by Houston. The Twins now have 36 players on their 40-man roster.

 
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K 1
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M. McCoy
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R 2
H 1
HR 0
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Minnesota Twins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brian Dozier, 2B3000002 .241
   Eduardo Escobar, 2B1000010 .289
Joe Mauer, 1B3010000 .302
   Chris Colabello, 1B1000010 .342
Oswaldo Arcia, RF4000021 .234
Josh Willingham, DH3000130 .051
Jason Kubel, LF2000001 .186
   Daniel Ortiz, LF2000000 .000
Trevor Plouffe, 3B2010010 .250
   Nathan Hanson, 3B2110010 .500
Kurt Suzuki, C2000001 .189
   Josmil Pinto, C1000001 .304
Aaron Hicks, CF3021000 .340
Pedro Florimon, SS2010010 .182
   Jason Bartlett, SS1000001 .083
Kevin Correia, P0000000 .000
   Brian Duensing, P0000000 .000
   Jared Burton, P0000000 .000
   Glen Perkins, P0000000 .000
Totals32161110  
Batting
2B - Trevor Plouffe (5, Lackey), Nathan Hanson (1, Mujica), Aaron Hicks (4, Mujica)
RBI - Aaron Hicks (4)
2-OUT RBI - Aaron Hicks (1)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jason Kubel 1
DP - Florimon-Mauer
PB - Josmil Pinto (3)
Minnesota Twins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kevin Correia 5611110 4.76
Brian Duensing 1000000 5.06
Jared Burton (L,0-2) 1211120 5.40
Glen Perkins 1322030 6.43
WP - Jared Burton (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Correia 25-21, Brian Duensing 3-3, Jared Burton 14-9, Glen Perkins 12-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Correia 4-8, Brian Duensing 1-2
Batters Faced - Kevin Correia 20, Brian Duensing 3, Jared Burton 6, Glen Perkins 6
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Daniel Nava, LF3000101 .220
   Peter Hissey, PR-LF0000000 .000
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4010013 .294
   Stefan Welch, 1B0000000 .000
David Ortiz, DH2000011 .054
   a-Mike Carp, PH-DH2000010 .200
Mike Napoli, 1B3120000 .216
   Jonathan Herrera, 2B1000010 .231
Grady Sizemore, CF3020100 .333
   Jonathan Roof, PR-SS0100000 .000
Xander Bogaerts, SS3010003 .240
   Mike McCoy, PR-SS-CF1211000 .160
A.J. Pierzynski, C2011001 .256
   David Ross, C2011011 .227
Will Middlebrooks, 3B3021002 .362
   Carlos Rivero, PR-3B1000011 .000
Jackie Bradley Jr., RF3000004 .158
   Corey Brown, RF0000000 .296
John Lackey, P0000000 .000
   Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
   Junichi Tazawa, P0000000 .000
   Koji Uehara, P0000000 .000
Totals33411426  
a-popped out for Ortiz in the 6th
Batting
2B - Grady Sizemore (2, Correia), Xander Bogaerts (4, Burton), Mike McCoy (1, Perkins), A.J. Pierzynski (5, Correia), David Ross (2, Perkins), Will Middlebrooks (2, Burton)
3B - Will Middlebrooks (1, Correia)
RBI - Mike McCoy (1), A.J. Pierzynski (5), David Ross (1), Will Middlebrooks (9)
2-OUT RBI - Mike McCoy (1), David Ross (1)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Pedroia-Bogaerts-Napoli
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
John Lackey 6.1400160 6.27
Edward Mujica (W,2-0; BS,1) 0.2211000 1.42
Junichi Tazawa (H,2) 1000020 1.50
Koji Uehara (S,1) 1000020 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - John Lackey 38-34, Edward Mujica 4-4, Junichi Tazawa 7-7, Koji Uehara 7-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lackey 8-4, Edward Mujica 1-1, Junichi Tazawa 1-0
Batters Faced - John Lackey 23, Edward Mujica 4, Junichi Tazawa 3, Koji Uehara 3
Game Information
Attendance - 9969
Game Time - 2:42
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Spencer Flynn, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Shaun Lampe, Third Base - Tom Honec