Red Sox 6, Twins 1
FORT MYERS, Fla. --Minnesota Twins ace Johan Santana made his first spring training start Sunday, striking out two and getting out of a first-inning jam, though the Boston Red Sox went on to win 6-1.
Boston Red Sox ace Curt Schilling, making his second spring start, worked on his changeup, a pitch he might add to his repertoire this season, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said.
Schilling picked up the win after pitching 3 1-3 innings in front of a sellout crowd of 7,937 fans at Hammond Stadium. He walked one, struck out one and gave up two hits while throwing 48 pitches. He surrendered a solo homer to Michael Cuddyer in the fourth inning before leaving the game.
+He was unavailable for comment afterward.
"He used all of his pitches," Francona said of Schilling. "He wanted to use the changeup. I thought it enhanced his other pitches. He threw a couple every once in a while where it looked like he was trying to force the issue. He really hasn't thrown one over the course of his whole career."
But at age 40, Schilling wants to make a change, Francona said.
"He's got too good a feel for pitching, not to make adjustments," Francona said.
Schilling, the Cy Young Award runner-up in 2004, faced the winner that season in Santana, who also won the award last season. Santana, 26, struck out two, walked three and gave up one run off three hits in two innings.
"That was my first time on the mound in a game," Santana said. "I'm glad my changeup and slider were down. That's a good sign. The pitches felt fine."
Santana surrendered consecutive walks to Red Sox shortstop Julio Lugo and first baseman Kevin Youkilis in starting the game.
Twins catcher Joe Mauer threw out Lugo at second base, but the bases were loaded after Santana surrendered a single to catcher Jason Varitek and a walk to outfielder Manny Ramirez.
Santana then escaped the bases-loaded jam, catching a line drive by Coco Crisp and then getting Wily Mo Pena to strike out swinging.
"Jo was a little erratic early," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He was just trying to get a feel for the plate. He finds a way to get through the lineup. That's what he does best."
Santana and Schilling were linked in 2004 Cy Young Award lore.
Santana won the award with all 28 votes after finishing that season with a 20-6 record, a 2.61 ERA and 265 strikeouts.
Schilling received 27 of 28 second-place votes that year -- Mariano Rivera of the Yankees received the other vote-- finishing 21-6 with a 3.26 ERA and 203 strikeouts.
A spring training matchup brought them together again Sunday.
"In the regular season, it's different," Santana said. "Today I threw what, 45 pitches? I don't try to do anything different or anything special. It's not like in the regular season. In spring training, you just try to get back in shape and work on all of your pitches."
Scott Baker of the Twins gave up five runs in two innings, inflating his spring ERA to 24.30.