Hughes, Buchholz look sharp in Twins-Red Sox 4-4 tie
Eduardo Escobar has 2 RBIs in spot start for Oswaldo Arcia
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Phil Hughes and Clay Buchholz each had their final spring training tuneups as the Minnesota Twins and a Boston Red Sox split squad played to a 4-4 tie in nine innings.
Hughes, slated to start Minnesota’s regular-season opener Monday in Detroit, struck out five, walked two and gave up one run and four hits in four innings against a squad that included starters Dustin Pedroia, Pablo Sandoval and Mike Napoli.
Buchholz, slated to start Boston’s regular-season opener in Philadelphia, struck out four, walked one and gave up six hits in four scoreless innings.
Pedroia went 2- or 3 with a walk and had the only multihit performance for the Red Sox.
Torii Hunter went 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored for the Twins, while designated hitter Kennys Vargas had two hits. Eduardo Escobar started in left field in place of Oswaldo Arcia, who was out with the flu, and went 2 for 3 with two RBIs.