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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