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Willingham hits 1st HR, Twins beat Red Sox 7-4


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FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Josh Willingham finally hit his first home run of the spring in Minnesota's exhibition finale, and the Twins beat the Boston Red Sox 7-4 on Saturday.

The game was called because of rain with two outs in the top of the ninth inning.

Mike Napoli went 2 for 2 with a home run and three RBIs for the Red Sox. Jake Peavy, making his third Grapefruit League start, gave up one run and three hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out three.

Mike Pelfrey went four innings for Minnesota in his sixth start of the spring. He allowed four runs on five hits and three walks.

Boston left-hander Tommy Layne gave up five runs on two homers - to Adam Brett Walker and Josmil Pinto - in the seventh.

''Everything is over,'' Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''Opening day. It doesn't matter what you have done, how you hit and how you have fielded. It's all opening day and you go from there. It all counts now.''

STARTING TIME

Twins: Peavy made just three starts this spring, delayed after he cut his left index finger on March 1 with a fishing knife. Manager John Farrell was pleased with Peavy's spring.

''Even if there wasn't an incident there with the finger, it's been a spring training that has been productive,'' Farrell said. ''He made a normal progression. And then in light of the incident, we couldn't be more pleased with the way he came through that particular situation and getting to the appropriate number of pitches thrown in a game.''

In six spring starts, Pelfrey threw a combined 17 2/3 innings this spring, giving up seven earned runs and 16 hits, one home run and six walks with nine strikeouts, posting a record of 1-0 with a 3.57 ERA.

''Overall, I've had a good spring,'' Pelfrey said. ''Today, the ball was flat and the ball was up. I don't care if I'm facing Little Leaguers or the defending World Series champs, I'm going to get hit. And, obviously, they hit the ball very hard.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: Center field prospect Byron Buxton will remain in extended spring with a sprained left wrist.

Red Sox: Right fielder Shane Victorino left the game after the third inning, when he doubled and scored on Napoli's double. Farrell said Victorino felt his right hamstring grab while rounding the bases. Victorino is expected to return to Boston for an MRI.

Designated hitter David Ortiz sat out Saturday's spring training finale with an ailing right calf. He is expected to start Monday.

Left-hander Craig Breslow, on the disabled list with a mild left shoulder strain, is expected to throw Sunday at the team's spring training complex.

FOR THE RECORD

Twins: Brian Duensing, Casey Fien, Jared Burton and Caleb Thielbar combined to pitch four scoreless innings after Pelfrey.

Red Sox: Shortstop Xander Bogaerts went 2 for 2 with a double and an RBI.

The Red Sox and Twins, rivals in Lee County, split their Grapefruit League season series 3-3.

 
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Minnesota

A. Walker
AB 2
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Boston

M. Napoli
AB 2
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Minnesota Twins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brian Dozier, 2B2000100 .232
   Levi Michael, PR-2B2210001 .500
Kurt Suzuki, C3010011 .200
   Josmil Pinto, C2113011 .286
Joe Mauer, 1B2000101 .271
   Chris Colabello, PR-1B1010000 .349
Josh Willingham, LF3111002 .068
   Eduardo Escobar, LF1000001 .279
Jason Kubel, DH3010010 .196
   Travis Harrison, PR-DH1000010 .000
Trevor Plouffe, 3B2000010 .269
   A.J. Pettersen, 3B2100001 .000
Oswaldo Arcia, RF1010100 .250
   Adam Walker, RF21220001.000
Aaron Hicks, CF2000012 .327
   Jason Bartlett, CF2000001 .093
Pedro Florimon, SS2000001 .185
   Niko Goodrum, SS0100200 .000
Mike Pelfrey, P0000000 .000
   Brian Duensing, P0000000 .000
   Casey Fien, P0000000 .000
   Jared Burton, P0000000 .000
   Caleb Thielbar, P0000000 .000
Totals3379656  
Batting
2B - Kurt Suzuki (1, Peavy), Adam Walker (1, Valdez)
HR - Josmil Pinto (1, Layne), Josh Willingham (1, Peavy), Adam Walker (1, Layne)
RBI - Josmil Pinto 3 (4), Josh Willingham (2), Adam Walker 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Josmil Pinto 3 (3)
SB - Levi Michael (1, 2nd base off Villarreal/Spring), Oswaldo Arcia (1, 2nd base off Peavy/Ross)
CS - Pedro Florimon (2, 2nd base by Peavy/Ross)
Team LOB - 5
Minnesota Twins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mike Pelfrey 4544301 3.57
Brian Duensing 1000010 4.26
Casey Fien (W,1-0) 1000020 3.52
Jared Burton (H,3) 1100100 4.70
Caleb Thielbar (S,1) 1000010 1.13
WP - Jared Burton (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Pelfrey 31-17, Brian Duensing 5-5, Casey Fien 7-7, Jared Burton 9-4, Caleb Thielbar 5-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Pelfrey 8-4, Brian Duensing 1-1, Casey Fien 1-0, Caleb Thielbar 1-1
Batters Faced - Mike Pelfrey 20, Brian Duensing 3, Casey Fien 3, Jared Burton 5, Caleb Thielbar 3
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Daniel Nava, LF-RF3000001 .205
   Matt Spring, C1000000 .000
Shane Victorino, RF2110000 .250
   Jonny Gomes, LF-RF2010001 .160
Dustin Pedroia, 2B1100100 .288
   Jonathan Herrera, SS1000110 .227
Mike Napoli, 1B2223000 .255
   Stefan Welch, 1B2000002 .000
Grady Sizemore, CF3000001 .310
   Michael Brenly, 3B1000010 .000
Xander Bogaerts, SS2021000 .278
   Heiker Meneses, 2B2000000 .308
Mike Carp, DH2000111 .216
   a-Carlos Coste, PH-DH1000000 .000
Will Middlebrooks, 3B2000001 .353
   Carlos Rivero, 3B-LF1000010 .000
David Ross, C1000102 .217
   Keury De La Cruz, RF0000000 .000
   Joseph Monge, RF-CF1000000 .000
Jake Peavy, P0000000 .000
   Andrew Miller, P0000000 .000
   Tommy Layne, P0000000 .000
   Jose Valdez, P0000000 .000
   Brayan Villarreal, P0000000 .000
Totals3046444  
a-flied out for Carp in the 8th
Batting
2B - Shane Victorino (3, Pelfrey), Mike Napoli (2, Pelfrey), Xander Bogaerts (5, Pelfrey)
HR - Mike Napoli (5, Pelfrey)
RBI - Mike Napoli 3 (11), Xander Bogaerts (9)
2-OUT RBI - Xander Bogaerts (4)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Rivero-Meneses
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jake Peavy 5311131 2.13
Andrew Miller (H,3) 1000210 8.44
Tommy Layne (L,0-1; BS,1) 1555102 4.35
Jose Valdez 1100010 0.00
Brayan Villarreal 0.2011110 5.40
WP - Brayan Villarreal 2 (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Peavy 30-23, Andrew Miller 12-4, Tommy Layne 14-8, Jose Valdez 6-6, Brayan Villarreal 9-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Peavy 6-5, Tommy Layne 3-0, Jose Valdez 2-0, Brayan Villarreal 1-0
Batters Faced - Jake Peavy 18, Andrew Miller 4, Tommy Layne 9, Jose Valdez 4, Brayan Villarreal 3
Game Information
Attendance - 10061
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Jansen Visconti, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Spencer Flynn, Third Base - Thomas Newsom