FORT MYERS, Fla. - In his final Florida spring training at-bat, David Ortiz hit his first home run of the spring in the Red Sox's 7-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Thursday.
Ortiz announced on his 40th birthday in November that this will be his final season. He played in 342 Grapefruit League games in Fort Myers over 20 seasons with the Twins and Red Sox.
With two outs in the fifth, Ortiz launched a ball over the right field wall. Two batters earlier, Twins center fielder Byron Buxton sprinted backward and dove to catch Josh Rutledge's drive to the warning track for an out.
The Red Sox opened the scoring in the third when Jackie Bradley Jr. led off with a walk and scored when Xander Bogaerts grounded into a double play.
Hanley Ramirez hit his second home run of the spring. Clay Buchholz, in his final spring training start, allowed a run on two hits in four innings. He struck out two and walked two.
Minnesota's Eddie Rosario hit his third homer, and Danny Santana had three hits and two RBI.
The Red Sox play exhibition games against the Toronto Blue Jays in Montreal on Friday and Saturday before opening the regular season Monday in Cleveland.
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