FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Minnesota Twins had their busiest day of the spring today, holding a brief simulated game and hosting the Boston Red Sox in a B-squad game on the Hammond Stadium Field.
The Twins won the B game 6-5, though that's deceiving; it was a loose affair.
Because the umpires didn't show up until the third inning, Twins third-base coach Steve Liddle called balls and strikes, and one of the groundskeepers served as the umpire in the field. The Twins also batted in the bottom of the ninth despite leading, and the sixth inning was called after two outs because Twins right-hander Carlos Gutierrez had ground the game to a halt.
The hard-throwing reliever gave up two runs on a hit and three walks before the side was called. Gutierrez spent last season at Class AAA Rochester, compiling a 2-3 record and 4.62 earned-run average in 43 appearances.
"First time out, maybe he's a little nervous, but he's better than that," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He's been pitching a...