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Postgame notes: Red Sox 6, Twins 4

03.14.10 at 3:57 pm ET
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FORT MYERS, Fla. — The champagne is no doubt on ice following the Red Sox’ 6-4 win over the Twins, as Boston moved within one game of clinching this year’s Mayor’s Cup with its third win in four contests against its spring training neighbor. The two teams will face each other three more times this spring.

Yet, more important issues were on the docket for the Sox, chiefly, the health of infielder Jed Lowrie and pitchers Daisuke Matsuzaka and Josh Beckett.

Here are Sox manager Terry Francona’s updates following Sunday’s game:

On Jed Lowrie, who has been sidelined for the past few days while dealing with fatigue:

Lowrie, who is one of several Sox player who has been experiencing illness, has undergone a series of precautionary tests to determine what is responsible for a feeling of significant fatigue that he reported to team officials on Thursday in Port St. Lucie.

More are planned for the coming days. Rob Bradford reports that Lowrie experienced an accelerated heart rate.

“He just came in and said, ‘I feel like I got hit by a truck,’” said Francona. “He just feels run down.

“We think he’s fine,” the manager added. “He’s been fatigued a little bit. We want to rule out stuff. I think what happens a lot of times is, you get down here, you get a little tired, you get on the bus, you get sick – which he is – and you feel beat up. We just want to make sure that’s what it is.”

Lowrie has been going into the Red Sox clubhouse in mornings to be seen by the team’s medical and training staff.

On Josh Beckett getting scratched from the start due to illness:

Francona said that the right-hander would stay on his normal schedule. The hope is that he will feel better in the coming days, allowing him to throw his usual between-starts side session in anticipation of making his next scheduled start.

“It might cost him getting stretched out one inning,” said Francona. “We could tell he was a little bit batting it. I don’t know, if he had gone, if a lot of good would have come out of it.

“He’ll just stay right on his day,” Francona added. “The biggest thing to do is for him to feel better.”

On Jason Varitek’s first Grapefruit League outing of the spring:

Varitek struck out and got hit by a pitch in his first two plate appearances since starting for the Sox against Boston College on the first night of exhibition play. Francona and Varitek both suggested that the catcher can head to the minor league complex to make up for any last at-bats.

“He works hard,” said Francona. “He’ll get himself ready.”

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