The trend continues for the Boston Red Sox as they rolled past the Minnesota Twins last night in a 5-0 victory. The stars for Boston were catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and left handed pitcher Felix Doubront.
Saltalamacchia has been performing well this Spring Training and capped his night with a two-run home run off of Twins pitcher Liam Hendricks. Felix Doubrout got the starting nod for Boston last night. He started off slow with a walk to the Twins Aaron Hicks, but then settled down with back-to-back groundouts to get out of the inning. Felix had four strikeouts and one walk last night.
One of Felix’s 2013 goals is to be more efficient on the mound. He is looking to have less pitchers per batter. He feels that he should just go after each hitter and put them on the defensive side. That is one theme that the Red Sox are trying to instill in all of the pitchers. They do not want to have all the pitchers to take a long time between each delivery to help speed up the game.
Now that pitchers like Josh Beckett, who usually have some time pass before each delivery, is no longer on the team it will be interesting to see the pace of the game for Boston. That mindset is shared with MLB commissioner Bud Selig. He is looking for the games to be shortened in length and does not want a marathon game that the Red Sox sometimes are usually in.
Another Red Sox player that did well last night was Deven Marrero. Marrero, who was a first round pick last year for Boston, was in at short stop after Pedro Circaco did not play due to issues with his back. Marrero was 2-for-3 last night.
The Red Sox play the Tampa Bay Rays today as Alfredo Aceves will be Boston’s starting pitcher.