March 4, 2012

Beckett Faces Twins; Crawford Examined Tomorrow

Twins   - 000 010 101 - 3  7  1
Red Sox - 000 200 51x - 8  9  0
Four walks from Twins pitcher Jason Bulger in the seventh inning broke a 2-2 tie and Lars Anderson belted a grand slam to seal the win. Beckett allowed one hit and two walks in his two innings. Mike Aviles knocked in Boston's first two runs with his second single of the afternoon. Andrew Miller also went two innings, striking out the side in the third.
Josh Beckett makes his spring debut when the Red Sox faces the Twins this afternoon. Bobby Valentine's lineup has Dustin Pedroia leading off and Jacoby Ellsbury batting second.

Carl Crawford will have his left wrist examined tomorrow. Rob Bradford writes that this bout of inflammation should be a wake-up call to both Crawford and the Red Sox to go slow on his recovery and return to the lineup.

Andrew Bailey (mild lat strain) threw a pain-free bullpen session on Sunday morning, but there is no word on when he might pitch in a game. ... Daniel Bard has a slightly stiff back, but is still penciled in for two innings on Tuesday. ... Adrian Gonzalez says is shoulder is feeling awesome and he thinks Cody Ross is a very good baseball player.

Alex Speier has a great look back at the 1997 trade that brought Derek Lowe and Jason Varitek to Boston.

Have you heard J.P. Arencibia's dead-on impersonation of Tim Kurkjian? ... Kurkjian retaliated by getting Jonathan Papelbon to mimic Terry Francona. Not nearly as good, but still amusing.

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