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March 29, 2014

Napoli homers in Boston's 4-0 win over Twins

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Twins: Hughes, in his fifth and final start of his first spring training with the Twins, gave up four runs on four hits and struck out two in 5 1-3 innings. He finished with a 4.74 ERA.

“The ball’s coming out of his hand real good,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “His velocity is good. His arm strength is good.”

Hughes, who signed a three-year, $24 million deal after spending the previous seven years with the New York Yankees, said he has grown acclimated to his new team.

“It went well,” Hughes said of spring training in general. “It wasn’t as drastic as I thought. I had no idea what I was coming into. The first couple of days were a little weird. Once I learned the lay of the land, things went really well. Everyone’s been great. They have welcomed me with open arms.”

RESERVES STEP UP

Red Sox reserve Mike Carp started at first base and had two hits with an RBI and two runs scored.

Twins reserve Jason Bartlett, who made the roster despite a spring-long slump, started in right field and led off with a single. He went 1 for 5, which raised his spring batting average from .083 to .098 (4 for 41).

TRAINING ROOM

Red Sox: Shane Victorino, who has been slowed by pain on his left side, started in center field for the Red Sox and went 1 for 4.

BULLPEN STRENGTH

Twins reliever Samuel Deduno struck out five in two shutout innings. He has a spring ERA of 1.76.

“He might be a guy that we run out there in the sixth inning, and he might be able to finish a game,” Gardenhire said. “He can get out of innings in a heartbeat. He brings us another look, which was something we wanted. Putting him out there is kind of fun. He might walk some guys, but then he might strike the next three out. He’s a power guy. He’s hard to hit.”

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