Minnesota Twins Split Squad Game Against the Boston Red Sox

Tim MeehanCorrespondent IMarch 4, 2012

Twins pitcher Francisco Liriano
Twins pitcher Francisco LirianoHannah Foslien/Getty Images

From Fort Myers, FL.

The Minnesota Twins lost to the Boston Red Sox at the brand new jetBlue Park 8-3 in Fort Myers, FL.

Francisco Liriano started for the Twins, pitching two innings while giving up one hit, walking one batter and striking out two.  He threw 27 pitches over those two innings and showed flashes of greatness mixed with signs of a pitcher who has little command of what he throws.  It was a fairly solid display of what he is capable of doing when he is throwing well.

Luke Hughes got his first at-bats of the season today as he took the role of designated hitter while recovering from a shoulder injury.  In three at-bats, he did not reach base and struck out once, but made solid contact with the ball in his other two at-bats.

Tsuyoshi Nishioka was unable to carry the momentum from his two-hit game the day before as he went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts this afternoon.  He did make solid contact with the ball when he wasn't striking out and he did it from the left side of the plate, which is a good sign for the Twins as last season he struggled mightily with keeping his front foot planted when batting left handed.

Ben Revere got his first work of the season and went 2-for-4 with two runs batted in, a stolen base, a strikeout and a walk.  He also made some great defensive plays on hard hit balls to left field, holding the Sox hitter to just one base.  Most left fielders would have struggled to cut the ball off before it got to the wall, but, with Revere's speed, he was able to easily keep it from being anymore than a single.  It also appears as though Revere spent some time working on his arm in the offseason as it appears to be much improved from last season.

Prospect Report:

Twins prospect, second basemen, Ray Chang was having a great day at the plate this afternoon going 1-for-1 while drawing two talks showing great plate vision and plate discipline.  Both of the walks he drew were on full counts.  He also had a stolen base and scored a run.  Unfortunately for Chang, after walking in the seventh inning, he needed to be removed from the game for an injury.  After Darin Mastroianni hit a tailor-made double play ball, Chang was injured when he collided with the shortstop sliding into second base.