Boston loses second Battle of Fort Myers
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The Minnesota Twins defeated the Boston Red Sox 4-3 at CenturyLink Sports Complex in Fort Myers, Florida. In what is unequivocally the biggest rivalry in baseball, the Fort Myers rivals are now tied 1-1 for the Spring series.
Josh Taylor, a 26-year-old southpaw, made the start for the Sox. He pitched two scoreless innings with three strikeouts and one walk. Taylor continues to mount an appealing case as a sneaky reliever to crack the Opening Day roster.
Bobby Poyner, last year’s Spring Training darling, also compiled two innings of work in Friday’s contest. He allowed one run on two hits in his appearance.
The Red Sox only churned six hits in the contest. It was not a slugfest by any means. However, Sandy Leon blasted his first homer of spring. The number five hitter is a stalwart in the middle of these Spring Training lineups. Obviously, he’s fighting for a spot on the roster and an early OPS over 1.000 is helping his case.
Brian Johnson will take the mound for the Red Sox against the Orioles this afternoon. The game will take place at 1:05 p.m. eastern at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida.