Quick hits: Twins 7, Red Sox 2

March, 23, 2010
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Dustin Pedroia's left wrist will be X-rayed Wednesday as a precaution, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said, after Boston's second baseman sustained what the team called a "mild sprain" of his left wrist in the first inning of Tuesday night's 7-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins.

Francona said that Pedroia, who did not take the field in the second inning, had "limited" swelling on the top of his wrist. Pedroia was injured making a terrific diving stop of Denard Span's leadoff smash in the first. Pedroia scrambled to his feet in plenty of time, but threw wildly to first and was charged with an error.

Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz said he noticed Pedroia "wincing a little bit" in the dugout after the inning. "Asked him if he was all right,'' Buchholz said, "and he said he would be OK.''

The Twins' doctor took a look at Pedroia's wrist, but no X-rays were taken at Hammond Stadium Tuesday night. Francona said Pedroia was not scheduled to make the trip to Bradenton to play the Pirates on Wednesday afternoon.

"I don't think there's a problem,'' Francona said. "Might be a little sore tomorrow. Hopefully that's all it is.''

Buchholz also made an early exit and probably was wincing a little upon his departure too, but only because his ego was hurt. Buchholz gave up more baserunners (nine) than he recorded outs (five) and also threw three wild pitches as the Twins scored six times in the first two innings (five in the second).

Buchholz gave up four hits, including Orlando Hudson's two-run single that struck the first-base bag, and did little to enhance his case that he should supplant Tim Wakefield -- or anyone else -- in the Sox rotation. His spring ERA doubled, from 5.40 to 10.80, but with Daisuke Matsuzaka appearing likely to start the season on the disabled list, Buchholz's spot on the roster hardly seems in jeopardy.

"I think he tried to give up none and he ended up giving up a bunch,'' Francona said. "He tried to be perfect, bouncing fastballs and throwing over to first, and the inning got away. He didn't limit the damage. Gives him and John [Farrell] something to talk about tomorrow.''

Buchholz said he was bouncing pitches warming up too, and said he probably was too mindful of the Twins' running game.

"That's something we continue to talk about because at times it looks like his attention gets divided,'' Francona said.

Buchholz threw 60 pitches, only 31 for strikes. "Trying to do too much,'' he said. "Whenever I felt I made a good pitch, they hit it, and then I tried to make it better and I caused it to be out of zone.''

Notes: Pitcher Boof Bonser said he didn't think his right groin is an issue, but said the Sox would probably have him take it easy for the next day or two. ... Mike Lowell will play first base in Bradenton against the Pirates on Wednesday. During infield practice at City of Palms Park Tuesday afternoon, Lowell, playing first, heaved a ball in frustration over the first-base grandstand after bobbling a grounder during a first-to-third drill. ... Alan Embree is scheduled to throw an inning of a minor-league game Wednesday in his bid to win the second lefty's spot in the bullpen. ... Carl Pavano looked sharp in shutting out the Sox on two hits in five innings. ... Manny Delcarmen's velocity still hovered in the 90-91 range and Francona said he hasn't mastered the mechanical adjustments he is attempting to make. ... The Sox have lost nine of their last 10 games.

Gordon Edes

ESPN Staff Writer



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