FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Takeaways from the last day in the Fort, where Shane Victorino tweaked his right hamstring rounding first base, and lightning strikes could be seen in the early evening sky as the Boston Red Sox departed for Baltimore.
THE RESULT: The Red Sox fell to the Minnesota Twins 7-4, with most of the regulars departing the game after two at-bats in order to pack and leave the City of Palms. Only Daniel Nava and Grady Sizemore, who each went 0-for-3, got three at-bats. Mike Napoli hit his second home run in as many days. This time, he took Twins starter Mike Pelfrey deep. Napoli finished spring training with a .255 average (14-for-55) with a team-leading five home runs. Napoli also hit a two-RBI double. Xander Bogaerts drove in the fourth run with an RBI double that scored Napoli in the third inning. The Red Sox were shut out the rest of the way and finished spring training with an 11-17-1 record.
PEAVY SOLID: Jake Peavy struck out three, walked one and gave up one run, a solo homer to Josh Willingham, in five innings of work. Peavy finished spring training with a 2.13 ERA. "He had the intention of pitching five innings, 75-to-80 pitches, which we were able to accomplish today," Farrell said. "He's ready to go."
VICTORINO ON TEAM FLIGHT: Victorino, who went 1-for-2 with a run scored in the finale, tweaked his right hamstring rounding first base in the third inning, when he hit a double. Manager John Farrell said Victorino would get an MRI in Boston on Sunday and the team would adjust the roster if needed.
LESTER NOT WORRIED: Jon Lester, slated to start on Opening Day, said he had no problem with stalling contract extension talks in order to focus on the regular season. "We agreed to take a step back right now and put it on hold until a later time," said Lester, who becomes a free agent at the end of this year, the last of a six-year, $42.75 million contract. "It might have been a little bit of a rush to get it done before the season."
ATTENDANCE HUGE: The Red Sox announced a paid attendance of 10,061 fans on Saturday, the second-highest Grapefruit League attendance in franchise history. The Red Sox drew a record 10,147 on Wednesday when the Orioles were in town. In 15 home Grapefruit League games this year, the Red Sox drew 147,668 paying fans, an average of 9,844 per game. In Florida, only the Yankees (11,141 average entering Saturday) averaged more fans per game.