Phil Hughes and Clay Buchholz each had a final spring training tuneup Wednesday as the Minnesota Twins and a Boston Red Sox split squad played to a 4-4 tie in nine innings. Hughes, slated to start Minnesota’s regular-season opener Monday in Detroit, struck out five, walked two and gave up one run and four hits in four innings against a squad that included starters Dustin Pedroia, Pablo Sandoval and Mike Napoli. Buchholz, slated to start Boston’s regular-season opener in Philadelphia, struck out four, walked one and gave up six hits in four scoreless innings. Things are getting better each time out.” Red Sox manager John Farrell said Buchholz has seemed more confident and poised.

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The Minnesota Twins have added right-hander Blaine Boyer to their 40-man roster, saving a spot for him in their bullpen for the regular season. The move was made Monday, before the Twins played the Boston Red Sox in an exhibition game. The 33-year-old Boyer has pitched in parts of eight major league seasons with five teams, most recently for San Diego. Boyer had a 3.57 ERA in 32 appearances last year for the Padres, and the Twins signed him during the offseason to a minor league contract.

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Masahiro Tanaka gave up three runs in 4 1-3 innings Tuesday and declared himself healthy and ready for the season following the New York Yankees’ 3-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins. Tanaka struck out one and gave up a solo home run to Eduardo Escobar. ”I didn’t ever feel like we needed to give him an extra day or be cautious,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

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Mike Napoli started a seven-run fourth inning with a broken-bat homer and Justin Masterson allowed one run in 5 2-3 innings as the Boston Red Sox rolled to a 14-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night. Napoli had his bat sawed off on an inside pitch from Brian Duensing. The Red Sox went on to score six more times in the inning off Duensing. ”It was a weird feeling,” Napoli said.

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The New York Mets made two trades Monday to bolster a bullpen lacking in left-handers, acquiring Alex Torres from the San Diego Padres and Jerry Blevins from the Washington Nationals. The Mets sent minor league right-hander Cory Mazzoni and a player to be named to the Padres and outfielder Matt den Dekker to the Nationals in deals made just hours apart.

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At some point in the very near future every MLB and Minor League Baseball team preview that’s published will feature more food and drink scouting reports than actual player scouting reports. That’s the direction we’re trending, folks. Might as well jump on board now. Kind of like the Minnesota Twins did this week when they introduced the $19 “College Daze Bloody Mary,” which comes garnished with a cold slice of pepperoni pizza in addition to many of the usual fixings one might be accustomed to. The new item will be available at Hrbeks’ restaurant, which is named after former Twins’ first baseman and Bloomington, Minn., native Kent Hrbek. Here’s a peek courtesy of Jeanie Hrbek, Kent’s wife. College Daze bloody mary at #Hrbeks . Comes w slice of cold pizza!

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Ricky Nolasco allowed four runs in six innings as the Minnesota Twins beat a Baltimore Orioles’ split squad 6-5 on Sunday. Minor leaguer Mike Yastrzemski, the grandson of Carl Yastrzemski, homered for Baltimore. Nolasco allowed back-to-back home runs in the first, a two-run shot by Adam Jones, his fourth of spring training, and Travis Snider’s first. Miguel Gonzalez gave up five runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings.

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Joe Mauer isn’t known for his pull-side power, but that could change this season. The three-time AL batting champion connected for his first home run of the spring and the Minnesota Twins beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-1 Saturday. He has spent extra time working off a tee with hitting coach Tom Brunansky, often focusing on getting the lefty-hitting Mauer to pull the ball hard to right. Brunansky, in fact, called Mauer’s homer before he walked to the plate to face Phillies right-hander Jerome Williams.

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Alex Rodriguez will get his first start at first base for the Yankees against Houston. The soon-to-be 40-year-old is returning from a year-long suspension and will get most of his at-bats as a designated hitter, but he should see limited time at third and perhaps first. LOOSENING UP Indians outfielder Michael Brantley’s tight back is feeling better. He might play against the Chicago White Sox after sitting several days.

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says agent Scott Boras should steer clear of the Chicago Cubs' plan on how to handle rookie Kris Bryant.

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