Lester and Pedroia Star as Red Sox Split Two

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) _ Justin Morneau went 0 for 2 in his spring training debut for Minnesota, but the Twins beat a Boston Red Sox split squad 3-2 on Friday.

Morneau played in a “B” game earlier this week, but this was the 2006 AL MVP’s first Grapefruit League action since he sustained a season-ending concussion last July 7.

The first baseman struck out swinging and reached base on an error by Red Sox left fielder Carl Crawford, with both at-bats coming against ace left-hander Jon Lester.Delmon Young also played in his first spring game for the Twins.
He went 1 for 2.Lester struck out five in four scoreless innings, scattering four hits.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) _ Dustin Pedroia tripled and doubled Friday and a Boston Red Sox split squad beat the Houston Astros 9-3.Coming back from a season cut in half by a fractured left foot,
Pedroia drove in two runs against Brett Myers with a double in the first inning.

Pedroia’s seventh-inning triple was one of four triples for the Red Sox, including two by catcher Mark Wagner.
Myers pitched three innings in his third spring start, giving up five runs on six hits.

A sore shoulder moved Astros left fielder Carlos Lee to a DH role. He drove in Houston’s first run with a double.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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