FORT MYERS, Fla. — Josh Willingham finally hit his first home run of the spring in Minnesota’s exhibition finale, and the Twins beat the Boston Red Sox 7-4 on Saturday.
The game was called because of rain with two outs in the top of the ninth inning.
Mike Napoli went 2 for 2 with a home run and three RBI for the Red Sox. Jake Peavy, making his third Grapefruit League start, gave up one run and three hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out three.
Boston left-hander Tommy Layne gave up five runs on two homers – to Adam Brett Walker and Josmil Pinto – in the seventh.
Peavy made just three starts this spring, delayed after he cut his left index finger March 1 with a fishing knife. Manager John Farrell said he was pleased with Peavy’s spring.
“Even if there wasn’t an incident there with the finger, it’s been a spring training that has been productive,” Farrell said. “He made a normal progression. And then in light of the incident, we couldn’t be more pleased with the way he came through that particular situation and getting to the appropriate number of pitches thrown in a game.”
Right fielder Shane Victorino left the game after the third inning, when he doubled and scored on Napoli’s double. Farrell said Victorino felt his right hamstring grab while rounding the bases. Victorino is expected to return to Boston for an MRI.
Designated hitter David Ortiz sat out with an ailing right calf. He’s expected to start the opener Monday at Baltimore.
Left-hander Craig Breslow, on the disabled list with a mild left shoulder strain, is expected to throw Sunday at the team’s spring-training complex.
GIANTS: Pitcher Tim Lincecum is expected to make his first scheduled start in the regular season despite getting hit in the left knee by a comebacker Friday night.
DODGERS: Pitcher Clayton Kershaw was placed on the 15-day disabled list for the first time in his seven-year career because of a swollen muscle in his left upper back.
BRAVES: Right-hander Cory Gearrin has a “significant” injury to his right elbow and will open the season on the disabled list.
• Mike Minor retired all four batters he faced in his first game this spring, and Atlanta lost 13-4 to its Double-A team at Rome, Ga.
NATIONALS: Washington placed pitcher Doug Fister on the 15-day disabled list with a strained muscle on the right side of his upper back.
ROCKIES: Right-hander Tyler Chatwood said he has a minor left hamstring strain and expects to make his first regular-season start Wednesday.
PADRES: Rookie infielder Tommy Medica and 35-year-old outfielder Xavier Nady made the roster, and left fielder Carlos Quentin will start the season on the disabled list.
• Seth Smith and Chase Headley homered, and Yonder Alonso hit a three-run double to lead San Diego to a 9-8 victory against visiting Cleveland.
ASTROS: Jesus Guzman and George Springer hit consecutive home runs in the first inning, Jonathan Meyer had a grand slam in the fifth and Houston rolled to a 13-6 victory over Texas at San Antonio.
BLUE JAYS: Melky Cabrera’s two-run homer in the eighth inning gave Toronto a 2-0 victory against the New York Mets and a sweep of their two-game exhibition series at Montreal.
RAYS: Chris Archer pitched four scoreless innings and 21-year-old prospect Justin O’Conner hit three doubles in Tampa Bay’s 6-5 loss to its Double-A affiliate at Montgomery, Ala.
ORIOLES: Matt Wieters hit a three-run homer and Baltimore topped its Triple-A affiliate 4-3 at Norfolk, Va.
BREWERS: Marco Estrada pitched five scoreless innings and Jonathan Lucroy hit a two-run double, leading Milwaukee past visiting Kansas City, 7-2.
MARINERS: Chris Young tossed shutout ball in his Seattle debut, providing a much-needed pitching boost as the team closed spring training with a 2-1 loss to Colorado at Scottsdale, Ariz.