FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Daniel Bard made his final case for a rotation spot, allowing three runs and four hits in six innings Friday as the Boston Red Sox beat a Minnesota Twins’ split squad 9-7.
Bard, who struck out seven and walked three, is competing with Alfredo Aceves, Felix Doubront and Aaron Cook for the final two starting berths.
Cody Ross homered twice for Boston, raising his spring training total to six.
Twins starter Nick Blackburn gave up two runs and five hits in five innings.
Minnesota’s Joe Mauer singled twice, raising his spring-training average to .367 after an injury filled season that saw him his a career-low .287
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