Red Sox - 000 000 031 - 4 9 2 Twins - 010 041 02x - 8 12 1Beckett (2-2-1-0-0, 23) allowed a double, a triple, and a couple of loud outs. Buchholz (2-0-0-0-1, 18) retired all six batters he faced. Okajima imploded (1-5-4-4-0-2), allowing three singles to load the bases to begin the fifth, then giving up a one-out triple to clear them. (Pitch counts from the Globe.)
Terry Francona knows the stakes are high:
There's a lot of anxiety. Gardy can say what he wants but he moved up Pavano two days, And we're bringing in [Clay Buchholz] second. It's like facing the Yankees Opening Day. It's too much too soon.The Red Sox have won the Fort Myers city series against the Twins each of the last four springs. Tito: "It's hard not to be arrogant."
In addition to the 7 PM game tonight, the Sox and Twins also play afternoon games tomorrow and Tuesday.
Pitchers: Josh Beckett, Clay Buchholz, Brandon Duckworth,
Hideki Okajima, Scott Atchison, Dan Wheeler