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Victorino drives in run as Red Sox beat Twins, 4-3

  • Minnesota Twins pitcher Phil Hughes warms up in the first inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers, Fla., Thursday, March 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Minnesota Twins pitcher Phil Hughes warms up in the first inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers, Fla., Thursday, March 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

  • Minnesota Twins center fielder Aaron Hicks (32) dives for a single hit by Boston Red Sox Mike Napoli in the second inning of an exhibition baseball game in Fort Myers, Fla., Thursday, March 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Minnesota Twins center fielder Aaron Hicks (32) dives for a single hit by Boston Red Sox Mike Napoli in the second inning of an exhibition baseball game in Fort Myers, Fla., Thursday, March 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy warms up in the first inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers, Fla., Thursday, March 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy warms up in the first inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers, Fla., Thursday, March 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

  • Umpire Jeff Kellogg (8) reviews a play that was a foul ball off the bat of Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli, in the sixth inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers, Fla., Thursday, March 13, 2014. The Red Sox won 4-3. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Umpire Jeff Kellogg (8) reviews a play that was a foul ball off the bat of Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli, in the sixth inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers, Fla., Thursday, March 13, 2014. The Red Sox won 4-3. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

  • Boston Red Sox second baseman Jonathan Herrera dives for a line drive to throw out batter Minnesota Twins' Wilkin Ramirez in the eighth inning of a spring exhibition baseball game in Fort Myers, Fla., Thursday, March 13, 2014. The Red Sox won 4-3. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Boston Red Sox second baseman Jonathan Herrera dives for a line drive to throw out batter Minnesota Twins' Wilkin Ramirez in the eighth inning of a spring exhibition baseball game in Fort Myers, Fla., Thursday, March 13, 2014. The Red Sox won 4-3. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

  • Boston Red Sox second baseman Jonathan Herrera throws out Minnesota Twins batter Wilkin Ramirez at first base after fielding a ground ball in the eighth inning of an exhibition baseball game in Fort Myers, Fla., Thursday, March 13, 2014. The Red Sox won 4-3. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Boston Red Sox second baseman Jonathan Herrera throws out Minnesota Twins batter Wilkin Ramirez at first base after fielding a ground ball in the eighth inning of an exhibition baseball game in Fort Myers, Fla., Thursday, March 13, 2014. The Red Sox won 4-3. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

  • Boston Red Sox Christian Vazquez (79) reaches third base as Minnesota Twins third baseman Brandon Waring covers on a double by Deven Marrero in the ninth inning of an exhibition baseball game in Fort Myers, Fla., Thursday, March 13, 2014.  The Red Sox won 4-3. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Boston Red Sox Christian Vazquez (79) reaches third base as Minnesota Twins third baseman Brandon Waring covers on a double by Deven Marrero in the ninth inning of an exhibition baseball game in Fort Myers, Fla., Thursday, March 13, 2014. The Red Sox won 4-3. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

  • Boston Red Sox closer Francisco Cordero pitches in the ninth inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers, Fla., Thursday, March 13, 2014. The Red Sox won 5-4. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Boston Red Sox closer Francisco Cordero pitches in the ninth inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers, Fla., Thursday, March 13, 2014. The Red Sox won 5-4. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

  • This is a 2014 photo of pitcher Jake Peavy of the Boston Red Sox baseball team. This image reflects the Red Sox active roster as of Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 when this image was taken. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    This is a 2014 photo of pitcher Jake Peavy of the Boston Red Sox baseball team. This image reflects the Red Sox active roster as of Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 when this image was taken. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Minnesota Twins pitcher Phil Hughes works out in the bullpen before an exhibition baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals was cancelled because of rain, Thursday, March 6, 2014, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Minnesota Twins pitcher Phil Hughes works out in the bullpen before an exhibition baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals was cancelled because of rain, Thursday, March 6, 2014, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • This is a 2014 photo of right fielder Shane Victorino of the Boston Red Sox baseball team. This image reflects the Red Sox active roster as of Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, when this image was taken. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    This is a 2014 photo of right fielder Shane Victorino of the Boston Red Sox baseball team. This image reflects the Red Sox active roster as of Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, when this image was taken. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Minnesota Twins pitcher Phil Hughes warms up in the first inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers, Fla., Thursday, March 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
  • Minnesota Twins center fielder Aaron Hicks (32) dives for a single hit by Boston Red Sox Mike Napoli in the second inning of an exhibition baseball game in Fort Myers, Fla., Thursday, March 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy warms up in the first inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers, Fla., Thursday, March 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
  • Umpire Jeff Kellogg (8) reviews a play that was a foul ball off the bat of Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli, in the sixth inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers, Fla., Thursday, March 13, 2014. The Red Sox won 4-3. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
  • Boston Red Sox second baseman Jonathan Herrera dives for a line drive to throw out batter Minnesota Twins' Wilkin Ramirez in the eighth inning of a spring exhibition baseball game in Fort Myers, Fla., Thursday, March 13, 2014. The Red Sox won 4-3. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
  • Boston Red Sox second baseman Jonathan Herrera throws out Minnesota Twins batter Wilkin Ramirez at first base after fielding a ground ball in the eighth inning of an exhibition baseball game in Fort Myers, Fla., Thursday, March 13, 2014. The Red Sox won 4-3. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
  • Boston Red Sox Christian Vazquez (79) reaches third base as Minnesota Twins third baseman Brandon Waring covers on a double by Deven Marrero in the ninth inning of an exhibition baseball game in Fort Myers, Fla., Thursday, March 13, 2014.  The Red Sox won 4-3. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
  • Boston Red Sox closer Francisco Cordero pitches in the ninth inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers, Fla., Thursday, March 13, 2014. The Red Sox won 5-4. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
  • This is a 2014 photo of pitcher Jake Peavy of the Boston Red Sox baseball team. This image reflects the Red Sox active roster as of Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 when this image was taken. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Minnesota Twins pitcher Phil Hughes works out in the bullpen before an exhibition baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals was cancelled because of rain, Thursday, March 6, 2014, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • This is a 2014 photo of right fielder Shane Victorino of the Boston Red Sox baseball team. This image reflects the Red Sox active roster as of Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, when this image was taken. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Making his first appearance of the spring, Jake Peavy pitched three-plus innings and allowed one run on two hits and two walks, and the Red Sox took advantage of four Twins errors to beat Minnesota, 4-3, yesterday.

Peavy’s first start on the mound was delayed after he cut his finger preparing for a fishing trip March 1.

Yesterday, his fastball hit 93 mph several times on the Hammond Stadium scoreboard radar.

“It was nice to get out there for the first time in a game-like atmosphere and to be able to use all your pitches and be able to use that next step,” Peavy said. “It was nice to ramp up the intensity a little bit more than I had been.”

Twins right-hander Phil Hughes couldn’t overcome the sloppy defense and allowed two unearned runs in the third inning.

Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe failed to glove Xander Bogaerts’s leadoff grounder in a 37-pitch third for Hughes. Bogaerts scored one out later when first baseman Joe Mauer dropped a pickoff throw.

Shane Victorino, appearing in just his second game of the spring due to nagging injuries, drove in the other unearned run that inning with a line single to center.

Victorino also had a bunt single and scored the go-ahead run in the fifth, when shortstop Danny Santana’s fielding error led to a two-out rally.

Victorino and Dustin Pedroia each went 2-for-3 to lead Boston’s seven-hit attack. Pedroia drove in two runs.

The Twins made four errors overall, leading to four unearned runs.

Starting time

Twins: Hughes gave up four hits (all singles) and walked none in shaving his spring ERA to 1.04. He was unable to work around two errors in the third, however, and Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson said Hughes admittedly “let it get away from him mentally a little bit.”

Hughes didn’t mind laboring near the end of his 65-pitch outing.

“I thought overall it was pretty good,” he said. “It’s good to get those innings where you have to throw a bunch of pitches and get through it and get that arm strength going.”

Trainer’s room

Red Sox: Outfielder Grady Sizemore, who missed the past two seasons with back and knee injuries, played five innings in a Class A game and went 1-for-2 with a walk.

Twins: Shortstop Pedro Florimon, coming off Feb. 17 appendectomy, took batting practice and is slated to play three innings in a minor league game today. He could make his 2014 Grapefruit League debut as soon as Sunday.

Right-handed power prospect Miguel Sano won’t return to Twins camp until tomorrow after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday in New York City. Sano felt dizzy after taking pain medication and will remain in the hospital through tonight.

Roster trim

Pitching prospect Anthony Ranaudo topped the list of 12 Red Sox players in the first round of cuts yesterday morning. Ranaudo, a right-handed starter, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket along with outfielder Bryce Brentz, third baseman Garin Cecchini, outfielder-first baseman Alex Hassan and right-hander Alex Wilson.

Seven others were reassigned to minor league camp: right-handers Matt Barnes, Miguel Celestino and Noe Ramirez, left-hander Henry Owens, infielder Heiker Meneses, first baseman Travis Shaw and catcher Blake Swihart.

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