Twins Win Grapefruit Opener With BoSox
Hunter makes Twins return in 9-8 win over Red Sox
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Torii Hunter drove in a run in his first plate appearance with the Minnesota Twins in eight years, helping defeat the Boston Red Sox 9-8 on Thursday night.
Hunter, who played for the Twins from 1997-2007, finished 1-for-3.
Dustin Pedroia had three hits, including a grand slam, for the Red Sox and scored two runs.
Red Sox starter Joe Kelly, hoping to solidify an uncertain rotation, gave up four runs and seven hits in 1 2/3 innings.
Minnesota starter Kyle Gibson, coming off his first full season in the majors, struck out two, walked one and gave up one run and two hits in 2 innings.
New Twins manager Paul Molitor, whose 39-game hitting streak was ended by Red Sox manager John Farrell during his rookie season in 1987, made his debut managing a Grapefruit League game at Hammond Stadium, which reopened after a two-year, $48.5 million renovation.