"I felt more in control today," Crain said. "My goal was to throw more strikes and I felt like I did that. It's a positive step."While the Twins have been cautious with Crain early in spring, the right-hander said he expects now to be on a regular schedule -- pitching every two days. Now in left: Craig Monroe got to test the strained muscle in his lower left leg, getting his first start of the spring in the outfield. After playing six innings in left field, Monroe said that he still feels a little something in the leg, but it's not a huge concern. "A couple of days going out there and I think that's going to go away," Monroe said. The outfielder has talked about trying to remain more patient at the plate this season, but he took the first pitch he saw from Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz deep in the first inning. It was Monroe's first home run of the spring. He's back: Matt Guerrier was back with the Twins after missing three days of camp due to a family medical issue. The right-hander got right back into game action, pitching the fifth inning of Friday's game against Boston. But he took a line drive off the heel of his left shoe during the inning. Guerrier was able to remain in the game and pitch the rest of the inning. Twice as nice: The Twins picked up victories in both of their split-squad contests on Friday, as the club also defeated the Blue Jays, 4-0, in Dunedin, Fla. Starter Glen Perkins pitched three scoreless innings, allowing two hits while walking one and striking out three. Philip Humber and Kevin Mulvey each tossed two scoreless innings to help hold up the shutout. Carlos Gomez showcased his offensive skills with a bunt single in the first and a run-scoring triple in the third inning. Randy Ruiz also homered in the game. Up next: The Twins head to Bradenton on Saturday for their first meeting of the spring against the Pirates. Right-hander Scott Baker will get the start for Minnesota as he faces off against right-hander Matt Morris. First pitch is scheduled for 12:05 p.m. CT.
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.