"I had a really good sinker tonight," said Pelfrey, who has a 3.52 ERA in three Grapefruit League starts. "I think I should've realized that earlier. I think it was all I threw in the second and third inning. It was really good tonight, and I think I can have days like that where it's my strength and I can throw it 90-95 times."
Ryan Dempster, Boston's new rotation member, gave up five hits and two runs over 3 2/3 innings, walking none and striking out two. The righty has yet to walk a batter in three Grapefruit League starts.
"I feel really good," Dempster said. "That just comes with me trying to repeat it as much as I can on the side, and obviously in the game. I just feel like even behind the count I can make a pitch where I want to throw it, or get softer contact."
Aaron Hicks, who is developing into the story of Spring Training for the Twins, had a run and a hit from the leadoff spot. Ryan Doumit went 2-for-3.
It was a quiet night for the Red Sox offensively. Jacoby Ellsbury, Ryan Sweeney and Jonny Gomes each had a hit.
Up next: Right-hander Cole De Vries is set to take the mound for the Twins on Saturday against the Pirates in a 12:05 p.m. CT game airing live on MLB.TV. De Vries, who is competing for a spot in the rotation, has yet to allow a run in four innings this spring. Right-hander A.J. Burnett is scheduled to start for the Pirates in Bradenton.
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