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RED SOX AND TWINS SQUARE OFF AGAIN

RED SOX AND TWINS SQUARE OFF AGAIN

WHAT REMAINS: The Red Sox have 3 remaining games over, all against the Twins…The next 2 games will be 7:05 p.m. starts, today at Hammond Stadium and Friday at Jet- Blue Park…The Sox will wear home white jerseys in their home finale on Friday night…The club will leave for Phila- delphia following Saturday’s afternoon game at Minnesota.

GRAPEFRUIT STAND: The Red Sox are 15-11-2 (.577) in Grapefruit League play, 4th in the GL standings…The 15 wins are 4 more than their 2014 GL total (11-17-2)…The club has won 4 of its last 5 decisions, and 5 of its last 7. Boston has won 15 of its last 26 games (.577) beginning with a 7-game winning streak over 6 days from 3/7-12…The win streak was Boston’s longest in spring training since a 7-gamer in 2009…The club last produced a longer win streak in spring training with a 9-game tear in 1981 (Source: Bill Nowlin – SABR).

SPLIT-SQUAD RECAP: Boston broke for split-squad ac- tion yesterday…The club lost its home game against the Blue Jays, 9-7, and tied the Twins in 9 innings at Hammond Stadium, 4-4…It was the club’s last of 2 split-squad dates, also 3/7 at BAL (7-6 win) and vs. MIN (4-2 win). Steven Wright started and allowed 4 runs in 3.2 IP… Dalier Hinojosa pitched the 6th and 7th innings and gave up 3 runs, all in his second frame of work, to take the loss…Boston’s 10 hits were recorded by 10 different hitters…Allen Craig hit an inside-the-park home run to right field to put the Sox on the board in the 4th inning…Jeff Bianchi drove in 3 runs on a game-tying bases-clearing double in the 6th…Matt Spring doubled in 2 runs in the 8th. For the 2nd straight day, the Red Sox rallied to take a 9th-inning lead, this time scoring 3 times in the final frame to take a 4-3 lead, before allowing a run in the bottom of the frame (also 9-run 9th-inning comeback on Tuesday at TB)…Starter Clay Buchholz threw 4.0 scoreless innings but did not factor in the decision… Dustin Pedroia singled twice, while Rusney Castillo doubled for Boston’s only extra-base hit.

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