Takeaways from the Fort: Twins 8, Sox 2


FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Takeaways from the Fort, where the Red Sox demonstrated you can have pomp and circumstance even in spring training, as every uniformed member of the team was introduced before Friday's 8-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins in front of an announced crowd of 9,538 in JetBlue Park.

ESPN Boston did not count noses, but if everyone in camp showed up, that means 57 players were introduced (40 on the big league roster, 17 nonroster invitees). Take a bow, Jose Mijares.

The last player introduced was the only one who has played for all three of Boston's World Series winners since 2004, David Ortiz. Jon Lester and Dustin Pedroia can lay claim to having played on two.

Pedro Martinez made a cameo appearance, teaming up with a child to utter, "Play Ball."

And then the game began. And after a sharp, two-inning stint by rookie Anthony Ranaudo, who struck out four of the six batters he faced, the Sox were soundly beaten by the Twins, who scored three runs apiece in the fourth and fifth innings and coasted to victory.


A short list. Rookie outfielder Bryce Brentz hit a home run just to the right of the light pole in left-center in the sixth for Boston's first run. Brentz unloaded on an 0-and-2 pitch from Twins reliever Casey Fien, one of 29 pitchers Minnesota has in camp. Until that point, Boston's only hits of the game were two singles by Mike Napoli. Jonathan Herrera and Brandon Snyder would later add singles. ... Closer Francisco Cordero, who got no offers last season after flaming out with the Jays and being released by the Astros in 2012, pitched a scoreless inning, striking out one and giving up a couple of hits, one an infield dribbler he couldn't handle.

Lesser lights:

Cuban right-hander Dalier Hinojosa, who defected last February and did not pitch in an organized league last season, pitched a scoreless third but couldn't get out of the fourth when he gave up four hits and three runs. ... Andrew Miller, who missed the last half of the 2013 season after undergoing foot surgery on July 15, struck out one and walked the bases loaded. One run scored on a sacrifice fly by Oswaldo Arcia, Miller's last batter. Mike McCarthy, added to the day's roster from minor league camp, replaced Miller and gave up a two-run double to Chris Colabello, the runs charged to Miller. ... Brentz and second baseman Brock Holt were charged with errors.

Hinojosa and Miller need some time to get reacquainted with the mound, manager John Farrell said. He'll reserve judgment on Hinojosa, in particular, until he sees what he does later in camp.

The Sox used nine pitchers in the game, six added from minor league camp. Farrell is skipping over his regular starters the first turn through exhibition season.

JBJ report: Jackie Bradley Jr. grounded out and struck out Friday after drawing a walk and singling in two plate appearances against Northeastern on Thursday. It seems as if last spring the rookie center fielder never went more than a day without a hit. And according to Brian Mullen, JetBlue Park pressbox attendant and master of all matters pertaining to spring training, past or present, last spring Bradley did not go consecutive games without a hit in which he had at least two at-bats in each game. Bradley hit .419 (26-for-62) in 28 games last spring.

X File: Xander Bogaerts grounded into a double play and flied out in his two at-bats. What was notable Friday is that Bogaerts played in the same game as Twins rookie center-fielder Byron Buxton, meaning the top two prospects as selected by Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus appeared in a game at the same time for the first time. Buxton, at 20 a year younger than Bogaerts, played for Class-A Fort Myers last season.

Looking ahead: The Twins and Sox play again Saturday, this time in Hammond Stadium, which has undergone extensive renovations, with more to come. Allen Webster starts for the Sox. Daniel Nava, who has been out because of a pinched nerve in his neck, is scheduled to start in left field, Grady Sizemore in center. Lefty Scott Diamond is the scheduled starter for the Twins.