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Victorino, Aceves receive final Classic tuneups


FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Shane Victorino was given the option of playing Saturday's day game after a night game, or using his final day in camp before the World Baseball Classic to work in the cages.

The outfielder opted to make the short bus ride to Hammond Stadium to face the Twins, and wound up going 0-for-2 with a walk.

Though Victorino is hitless in his first 11 Grapefruit League at-bats, he's been around far too long to be worried about that.

Instead, he is just trying to get his timing down --- a quest that will continue when he flies to Arizona to meet up with Team USA on Sunday.

"Yeah, at this point, I definitely feel where I would be any other time," Victorino said. "Getting my at-bats is the only part I'm focused on. That's the one thing that worries me -- not playing every day. But all that stuff will come with time, getting my work in in the cage and batting practice and working extra. That's something I'm going to focus on."

Righty Alfredo Aceves (Team Mexico) also made his last appearance at Spring Training before leaving for the Classic. Over 3 2/3 innings, Aceves scattered five hits while giving up a run. He walked none and struck out three.

"He got a couple of key double plays," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "With the exception of the leadoff hitter every inning, I thought he threw the ball well. We were able to get him stretched out to close to 50 pitches, which was the goal today. And then he'll leave and join Team Mexico."

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