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Parmelee Homers in Twins Win

Created: 03/01/2014 4:05 PM KSTP.com

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.

Parmelee hit just .172 against lefties last year. He opened the season as the Twins' everyday right fielder but gradually lost playing time until being sent back to Triple-A at the All-Star break.

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.

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Minnesota Twins' Joe Mauer hits an RBI single off Boston Red Sox pitcher Allen Webster as Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski, left, looks on in the first inning.
Photo: AP/Steven Senne

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