MINNEAPOLIS After skipping his last start due to shoulder tightness, Twins right-hander Nick Blackburn was on an 80-85 pitch limit Tuesday night.
He nearly used them all up in the first inning.
It was that kind of a night for Blackburn and the Twins, who fell, 11-2, to the visiting Boston Red Sox. It took Blackburn just five pitches to surrender the first of his five runs on the night. His night lasted only three innings, and he fell short of his pitch limit, at 71 pitches (44 strikes). When Blackburn's night was over, he had allowed five runs on eight hits, including a David Ortiz homer.
"It didn't work out for Blackie today. He just never got into the groove," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "They jumped on him. He never got going."
Blackburn exited his last start on April 14 in the middle of an at-bat against the Texas Rangers after experiencing discomfort and tightness in his right shoulder. He skipped his next time through the rotation, meaning he had a 10-day layoff pr...