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Twins 13, Red Sox 8: Lots of RBI doubles

Twins starter Justin Haley was a little shaky, but in the end it didn’t matter because this is still just spring training.

MLB: Spring Training-Minnesota Twins at Boston Red Sox
“Mmmm... RBIs”
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You probably wouldn’t have looked at the Twins lineup today and thought that they’d score thirteen runs, but that’s exactly what they did.

Ben Paulsen was responsible for the only home run in the game—a solo-shot in the top of the second inning—almost all of those runs came on smaller hits. Bengie Gonzalez had two RBI doubles in the game, while Chris Gimenez and Drew Stubbs each had one. At least one of the runs came thanks to a throwing error by the Sox, and Joe Mauer walked twice.

It’s a good thing the Twins scored all those runs too, because they had some shaky pitching out there today. Rule 5 draft pick Justin Haley, who started for the Twins, gave up four runs in his two innings of work, including a solo-shot to Hanley Ramirez. Speaking of solo-shots, Michael Tonkin gave up one of those too.

Craig Breslow, trying to fight his way onto the roster before the upcoming opt-out date in his contract, gave up a run on two hits and two walks in his 1.2 innings of work.


  • Robbie Grossman injured his hand and was taken out of the game after the second inning.
  • Levi Micahel—remember him? The Twins 2011 first round draft pick came into the game as a DH and had two at-bats, ending with one strikeout and one hit.
  • Danny Santana played second base in this game, which was weird. He made an error on a missed catch there too.