Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Saltalamacchia's home run carries Red Sox past Twins

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: March 15, 2013 - 9:00 PM

FORT MYERS, FLA. -- "If you're going to give them up, you may as well give up big ones," Liam Hendriks said Friday night after living up to that sentiment. Hendriks allowed three runs over four innings, including a home run by Jarrod Saltalamacchia that carried deep into the right field stands at jetBlue Park, and the Red Sox shut out Minnesota 4-0.

Aaron Hicks doubled, walked and made two athletic catches in center field, but the Twins managed only seven hits off Boston starter Felix Doubront and a trio of relievers and never seriously threatened. In fact, no Twin reached third base until the eighth inning.

Hendriks, locked in competition with Cole De Vries and P.J. Walters for a spot in Minnesota's starting rotation, surrendered a first-inning run when Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a double, Jonny Gomes beat out a ground ball to third, and Dustin Pedroia grounded into a double play.

In the fourth inning, Pedroia singled, and after a force out, Saltalamacchia extended his arms to reach an 88-mph sinker over the middle of the plate, his first home run of the spring.

Brian Duensing allowed an eighth-inning run on two hits and a sacrifice fly by Dan Butler.

The Twins return home to Hammond Stadium on Saturday to face Pittsburgh.
 

ADVERTISEMENT

Philadelphia - WP: A. Harang 5 FINAL
Washington - LP: J. Zimmermann 3
Atlanta - LP: S. Marimon 5 FINAL
Toronto - WP: B. Cecil 6
Chicago WSox - WP: C. Sale 12 FINAL
Detroit - LP: A. Sanchez 3
Cleveland - WP: D. Salazar 4 FINAL
Minnesota - LP: P. Hughes 2
Cincinnati - LP: H. Bailey 2 FINAL
St. Louis - WP: C. Martinez 5
San Diego - LP: C. Kimbrel 6 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - WP: Z. Rosscup 7
Baltimore - WP: C. Tillman 4 FINAL
Boston - LP: C. Buchholz 1
Milwaukee 1 Bottom 5th Inning
Pittsburgh 3
Miami 0 Bottom 5th Inning
NY Mets 2
LA Angels 0 Bottom 5th Inning
Houston 0
NY Yankees 0 Top 6th Inning
Tampa Bay 0
Oakland 5 Bottom 5th Inning
Kansas City 0
Arizona - R. De La Rosa 8:05 PM
San Francisco - C. Heston
Colorado - J. Lyles 8:10 PM
Los Angeles - Z. Greinke
Texas - C. Lewis 8:10 PM
Seattle - F. Hernandez
Washington 93 FINAL
Toronto 86
New Orleans 99 FINAL
Golden State 106
Milwaukee 57 3rd Qtr 8:46
Chicago 62
Dallas 8:30 PM
Houston
Minnesota 1 FINAL
St. Louis 4
Detroit 1 FINAL
Tampa Bay 5
Pittsburgh 0 1st Prd 13:40
NY Rangers 0
Winnipeg 9:30 PM
Anaheim
Houston 1 2nd Half
D.C. 1
Orlando City 0 2nd Half
Columbus 1
Toronto FC 7:30 PM
FC Dallas
Seattle 8:00 PM
Colorado
Vancouver FC 8:30 PM
Real Salt Lake
Sporting Kansas City 9:30 PM
Los Angeles
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: What are your plans for the Twins' home opener?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT