The Red Sox beat the Twins Thursday evening in Fort Myers, but the result isn't important.
What is important, in descending order:
- Kevin Slowey pitched two scoreless innings and displayed his customary control in dispatching the Bostons, and
- Pat Neshek (above) sailed through his one inning of work.
Both righties are coming off injuries, and Slowey's language in discussing his wrist earlier this week had some fearing that the two screws inserted in the joint might damage his greatest skill.
It was just one outing, but those fears can be set aside — at least until he has a rough outing.