It was a rough Tuesday night for the Boston Red Sox against their cross-town spring training rival the Minnesota Twins.

First, Clay Buchholz thought it was Christmas because he got lit up like the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center in NYC. But more importantly, Dustin Pedroia had to leave the game with a mildly sprained wrist after making a diving play at second.

The good news for Pedroia and the Red Sox is that the sprain doesn’t appear to be too serious and it looks like he’ll be back in the lineup on Friday. Phew…. If Pedroia was seriously hurt, this would have left the Red Sox with a huge hole because their middle infield depth isn’t too strong right now. But for now, they don’t have to worry about Pedroia, they just need to find a backup shortstop.

Buchholz gave up six runs (five earned) on four hits, three walks, a hit batter and three wild pitches in just 1 2/3 innings. He did have two strikeouts. Ramon Ramirez allowed a run on two hits in 1 1/3 innings. Jonathan Papelbon (1 inning, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts) and Hideki Okajima (1 2/3 inning, 1 strikeout) each allowed a hit while Daniel Bard struck out one in 1 1/3 innings. Manny Delcarmen was perfect in his inning of work.

Offensively, the Red Sox had eight hits with Kevin Youkilis, David Ortiz, Jason Varitek and Brett Harper smashing doubles. Gustavo Molina and Angel Sanchez had the RBIs for the Red Sox.

We are a little behind today but the Red Sox are in Bradenton to take on the Pittsburgh Pirates. The game began at 1:05 p.m. and is available on MLB GameDay Audio. You can also catch it on the MLB At Bat app for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

Josh Beckett will make the start for the Red Sox and he’ll be followed by RHP Joe Nelson, LHP Brian Shouse, and RHP Fernando Cabrera. Paul Maholm gets the ball for the Pirates and he’ll be followed by RHP D.J. Carrasco, RHP Brendan Donnelly, LHP Brian Burres and RHP Wil Ledezma.

Lineups and links after the jump.

Boston Red Sox

Pittsburgh Pirates

1. Jacoby Ellsbury LF 1. Akinori Iwamura 2B
2. Mike Cameron CF 2. Ronny Cedeno SS
3. Victor Martinez C 3. Lastings Milledge LF
4. Mike Lowell 1B 4. Garrett Jones RF
5. Jeremy Hermida DH 5. Bobby Crosby 1B
6. Bill Hall SS 6. Ramon Vazquez 3B
7. Tug Hulett 2B 7. John Raynor CF
8. Josh Reddick RF 8. Jason Jarmillo C
9. Jorge Jimenez 3B 9. Paul Maholm SS
Josh Beckett SP Paul Maholm SP

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Buchholz unsure of 2010 role [Alex Speier –]

Sweet revenge: An unlikely prospect settles score with Lackey [Alex Speier –]

Sox’ catching prospects are being well-received [Boston Globe]

Pedroia dives in, hurts wrist [Boston Globe]

Dustin Pedroia sprains wrist [Boston Herald]

Inconsistency shapes Clay Buchholz [Boston Herald]

Terry Francona mulls backup plan [Boston Herald]

Mike Cameron ends up being good as Gold [Boston Herald]

Dustin Pedroia’s X-rays negative [Boston Herald]

Pedroia sprains his left wrist [Clubhouse Insider]

Pedroia says he’s fine, expects to play Friday [Clubhouse Insider]

Buchholz may be losing spot in Red Sox rotation [CSN New England]

Pedroia expected to return Friday [CSN New England]

Good news on Pedroia: X-rays negative [ESPN Boston]

Angioma survivor offers hope for Westmoreland [ESPN Boston]

X-rays negative for Pedroia [Extra Bases]

Embree throws perfect inning [Extra Bases]

MLB condenses playoff schedule [Extra Bases]

What Happened With the Red Sox: Tuesday [Full Count]

Why Joe Nelson is ‘LOST’ and some other Red Sox stuff [Full Count]

Embree uses veteran wiles to baffle minor leaguers [Full Count]

Pedroia Scares Me [Hit and Run With Dan Roche]

Marlins To Keep An Eye On Lowell [MLB Trade Rumors]

Victor Martinez Will Be Critical for Red Sox Success in 2010 []

Brian Rose: Red Sox Will ‘Have to Create Some Runs’ to Help Rotation []

For Hermida, patience will be a virtue [Providence Journal]

Red Sox Journal: For some, day of decision draws near [Providence Journal]

No questioning Beltre’s work ethic, defense []

Buchholz left shaking his head after outing []

Pedroia sprains left wrist, day-to-day []

Pedroia gets clean bill of health []

Former Springfield reporter Jade McCarthy goes it alone on NESN — for now [Red Sox Monster]

Ranking ’em from top to bottom [Tony Massarotti – Boston Globe]