Red Sox knock around Pavano, Twins

Red Sox knock around Pavano, Twins

at Fort Myers, Fla.
Sunday, March 28

Twins at the plate: Joe Mauer smacked a two-run homer to the opposite field in left in the first. Denard Span was 1-for-2 with a run and an RBI from the leadoff spot. Jim Thome had two hits.

Red Sox at the plate: Several Boston hitters had big days at the plate. Victor Martinez had four runs, four hits and three RBIs. Kevin Youkilis also had a four-hit day. Dustin Pedroia was 3-for-4 and scored three times. David Ortiz belted a three-run homer, his third long ball of the spring. Tug Hulett pinch-hit for Ortiz in the sixth and ripped a three-run shot of his own.

Twins on the mound: Carl Pavano was shelled to the tune of 12 hits and eight runs over 3 2/3 innings. The righty walked one and struck out two. Pat Neshek had a much better day, striking out two in a scoreless inning.

Red Sox on the mound: Right-hander Clay Buchholz gave up five hits and four runs over 4 2/3 innings. He walked none and struck out seven. Buchholz gave up all four runs in the first two innings and settled down for the rest of his outing. Scott Atchison, fighting for a bullpen spot, gave up two hits but no runs over 1 1/3 innings. Lefty Hideki Okajima had a solid day, striking out two in his one inning. Closer Jonathan Papelbon went 1 1/3 innings, giving up an unearned run.

Worth noting: With the win, the Red Sox clinched the annual Mayor's Cup trophy against the Twins, who also train in Fort Myers. The Red Sox have won four of the first six meetings, and the sides play one last time at City of Palms Park on Thursday.

Neshek is scheduled to pitch on back-to-back days this Wednesday and Thursday for the first time in nearly two years. Neshek, rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, remains questionable for Opening Day.

Red Sox right-handers Boof Bonser, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Manny Delcarmen will all get some work in over at the Minor League complex on Monday afternoon. Bonser is expected to pitch four innings, with Matsuzaka going three innings and Delcarmen working two innings.

Twins lefty Glen Perkins (strained lower back) threw a bullpen session Sunday and "felt fine," according to manager Ron Gardenhire. He is scheduled to pitch Tuesday in a Minor League game.

Grapefruit League records: Red Sox 13-13; Twins 13-10.

Up next: The Twins travel to Jupiter, Fla. to face the Cardinals at 1:05 p.m. ET, with right-hander Kevin Slowey getting the start.

The Red Sox host the Tampa Rays in a 7:05 p.m. game live on MLB.TV on Monday night at City of Palms Park. Ace Josh Beckett makes his final tuneup before his April 4 Opening Night start against the Yankees. Scott Schoeneweis and Alan Embree, two veteran lefties Boston has acquired during the latter part of camp, will both get work out of the bullpen.

Ian Browne is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.