FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - Chris Parmelee’s three-run homer off left-handed reliever Jose Mijares broke open a close game in the sixth inning on Saturday, and the Minnesota Twins went on to beat the Boston Red Sox 6-2.
The former first-round draft pick is out of minor league options.
The Twins unveiled a $48.5 million renovation of their spring complex. A Hammond Stadium-record crowd of 8,547 was on hand.
Joe Mauer added a run-scoring single in the first for the Twins. He made his 2014 debut at first base after making the permanent move from catcher in the wake of a season-ending concussion last Aug. 19.
Daniel Nava homered for Boston and Grady Sizemore added a hit.
Red Sox: Rookie Allen Webster gave up three runs in the first inning and needed 45 pitches to secure just five outs. In his second big league start, last May 8 against the Twins at Fenway Park, Webster also failed to complete the second inning, allowing eight earned runs.
“First inning, he was just up,” catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. “It’s hard. A guy’s first time out there starting. Second inning, he threw a lot more two-seamers and was getting groundballs. I hope Webby takes the second inning and works off that, because that’s the Webby that I’ve heard about and that’s the Webby people will be talking about for a long time.”
Twins: Left-hander Scott Diamond, in a seven-way competition for the final spot in a revamped rotation, had trouble with Nava (homer, four-pitch walk) but was solid otherwise in his two-inning spring debut. Diamond, who had trouble finishing off hitters last season, jumped ahead 0-2 on four batters and retired them all.
“I’m happy with how it went,” Diamond said, “but there’s definitely a lot of adjustments I need to make.”
Red Sox: Veteran left-hander Rich Hill, trying to make the team as a non-roster invitee, remains in the Boston area due to a family issue.
Twins: Third-base prospect Miguel Sano will undergo Tommy John surgery after reinjuring his throwing elbow during Thursday’s intrasquad game. He will miss the entire 2014 season, the team announced.