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Associated Press, Published March 02 2013

Morneau homers for Twins in loss to Red Sox

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Justin Morneau homered in his final game with Minnesota before leaving for the World Baseball Classic, but the Twins lost to the Boston Red Sox 2-1 on Saturday.

Morneau, who will play for Canada in the WBC beginning Friday, led off the fourth inning with a drive that landed in a pond behind the right-field wall at Hammond Stadium.

Juan Carlos Linares went deep for Boston off starter Kyle Gibson, and the Red Sox took a 2-1 lead in the fifth when Jonathan Diaz scored on Ryan Sweeney's single.

Linares has yet to play in the major leagues.

The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Twins. Boston has won three consecutive games.

Red Sox 2, Twins 1

Boston Minnesota

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Victorino rf 2 0 0 0 Benson cf 3 0 1 0

Bradley pr-rf 1 0 0 0 E.Rsrio ph 1 0 0 0

Sweeney lf 4 0 2 1 C.Thms cf 0 0 0 0

J.Hazlbkr lf 0 0 0 0 Carroll 2b 2 0 1 0

Mddlbrks 3b 3 0 0 0 Dozier 2b 1 0 0 0

Sutton 3b 1 0 0 0 Mauer c 3 0 1 0

Overbay 1b 3 0 0 0 C.Hrrmnn c 1 0 0 0

M.Hmiltn 1b 1 0 0 0 Wllinghm lf 3 0 1 0

J.Linares dh 4 1 2 1 Boggs pr-lf 1 0 0 0

Maier cf 3 0 0 0 Morneau 1b 2 1 1 1

J.Henry cf 1 0 0 0 C.Cbllo 1b 1 0 0 0

D.Butler c 2 0 1 0 Doumit dh 3 0 0 0

C.Vazquez c 1 0 0 0 J.Pnt ph-dh 1 0 0 0

Iglesias ss 3 0 0 0 Parmlee rf 2 0 0 0

D.Mrrero ss 1 0 1 0 Dnklman rf 1 0 0 0

J.Diaz 2b 1 1 0 0 E.Escbr 3b 4 0 1 0

H.Menses 2b 1 0 0 0 Florimon ss 2 0 1 0

Olmedo ss 1 0 1 0

Totals 32 2 6 2 Totals 32 1 8 1

Boston 010 010 000— 2

Minnesota 000 100 000— 1

DP—Boston 1, Minnesota 3. LOB—Boston 7, Minnesota 7. HR—J.Linares (1), Morneau (1).

IP H R ER BB SO

Boston

Buchholz 1Zc 1 0 0 2 2

Acvs W,1-0 BS,1-1 3Xc 5 1 1 0 3

Webster 3 2 0 0 1 2

J.de la Torre S,1-1 1 0 0 0 0 2

Minnesota

Gibson 1Xc 3 1 1 1 3

Duensing 1Zc 0 0 0 0 1

Perkins 1 0 0 0 0 2

Vasquez L,0-1 1Xc 2 1 1 2 0

C.Thielbar 1Zc 0 0 0 0 1

D.Guerra 1 0 0 0 0 0

A.Albers 1 1 0 0 0 1

HBP—by Vasquez (D.Butler). WP—Gibson. PB—C.Herrmann.

T—3:03. A—6,591 (8,100).