Red Sox 4, Twins 2

John Farrell is trying to figure out how to get Felix Doubront

to start an outing as well as he finishes it.

Doubront pitched six-hit ball for five scoreless innings

Saturday, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 4-2 in

the spring training finale for both teams.

”Better as the outing went along,” Farrell said. ”We’ve seen

it more than a couple of times this spring. He gets into that third

inning and seems to get into a much better rhythm, a much better

feel for his secondary stuff, and just overall more efficient. So

as we’ve talked a number of times, the efficiency is something we

continue to strive towards. But we can’t force it either. And

throughout the course of the outing as we’ve seen, better touch and

feel for his stuff.”

Doubront had runners on base in every inning but the fourth.

”My goal is to throw less pitches or get a double play,” he

said. ”I try to stay calm and make good pitches. If I have to

strike somebody out, I can do that.”

Twins right-hander Mike Pelfrey gave up four runs and nine hits

in 3 2-3 innings.

”Today we wanted to work on my slider and I think I got beat on

it a lot,” Pelfrey said. ”I think that is my fourth-best pitch

and I probably and gave up four, five hits on it. Not a great day

for them but I guess it’s a reason why it is my fourth-best

pitch.”

The Twins finished spring training with a record of 17-16.

”I think we have 25 guys who believe in each other, but it’s

going to come down to starting pitching,” Pelfrey said. ”If we

keep them in the ballgame we are going to win a lot. You win on

pitching and defense. I like our chances.”

NOTES: Twins 1B Justin Morneau, who had been sidelined with a

back tightness, had four at-bats in a minor league game Saturday

morning. He is expected to be ready to start the season. . RHP Cole

De Vries, who left Friday’s game after just three innings with

forearm tightness, is doing fine and is expected to make his start

on Saturday. . RHP Samuel Deduno, who has not pitched since the

World Baseball Classic final because of a sore left groin, is

feeling better but has not pitched a bullpen session yet. … He

will stay at the team’s spring training complex in Fort Myers when

the Twins leave. . RHP Liam Hendriks, who was hit in the hand by a

line drive in his last start, is scheduled to pitch in a minor

league game Sunday and is expected to make his start on Friday. .

Twins RHP Anthony Swarzak, on the disabled list because of a rib

injury, is scheduled to pitch in a minor league game on Tuesday. He

is eligible to come off the DL on April 6. . LHP Scott Diamond, on

the DL with an elbow injury, is expected to pitch in a minor league

game on Tuesday. . RHP Vance Worley is scheduled to start the

season opener for the Twins when they host the Tigers Monday

afternoon. . The Red Sox still have not finalized their roster and

are not expected to do so until the 3 p.m. EDT deadline on Sunday.

OF Jackie Bradley Jr. has not been officially added to the roster

but will travel with the team to New York. . OF Ryan Sweeney opted

out of his minor league contract with the Red Sox. He had the

option to leave the team if he was not put on the major league

roster by March 28. Boston has 48 hours to give him a counter

offer. . DH David Ortiz, who has been sidelined all spring with

sore heels related to his Achilles injury, will travel with the Red

Sox to New York and return to the team’s spring training complex in

Fort Myers by next weekend to continue his rehab. . SS Stephen

Drew, sidelined by concussion symptoms after being hit in the

helmet by a pitch on March 7, will stay in Fort Myers when the Red

Sox leave. … Backup C David Ross is expected to be behind the

plate for Boston’s third game of the season in New York. . LHP

Craig Breslow, who has been sidelined all spring with shoulder

inflammation, will go with the Red Sox to New York for his bullpen

session on Monday and then return to Fort Myers. . LHP Franklin

Morales, who has not pitched since Feb. 27 because of a herniated

disc, will remain in Fort Myers. . LHP Jon Lester is scheduled to

start the season opener for the Red Sox in New York on Monday

afternoon.