Game 5: Twins improve to 3-0 vs. Rays
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — The Twins continued to beat up on the Rays, improving to 3-0 against them this spring with a 3-2 win at Charlotte Sports Park. Minnesota still plays Tampa Bay six more times in Grapefruit League play.
What went right: Right-hander Scott Baker looked impressive, throwing two hitless innings with one walk. He threw 23 pitches, 15 for strikes, while recording five fly ball outs and one groundout.
Left-hander Matt Maloney also threw two scoreless frames. He gave up two hits and struck out one. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was impressed, and said he plans on stretching out Maloney as a starter this spring.
Right-hander Matt Capps got into a jam in the fifth, allowing back-to-back singles with one out but stranded the two baserunners with a pair of fly outs to end the inning. Glen Perkins, Brian Duensing and Phil Dumatrait each threw a scoreless inning in relief.
Ben Revere went 1-for-2 with a run and a sacrifice bunt, while Alexi Casilla had two hits and a stolen base and Jamey Carroll added a hit, a walk and a stolen base. Danny Valencia went 1-for-4 with an RBI single with the bases loaded in the third.
What went wrong: Revere made an error in left field in the third inning, as he bobbled a ball hit by Desmond Jennings and followed it with a bad throw to third base.
Darrin Mastroianni replaced Revere in left, and made an error of his own in the eighth that led to a run. He lost a fly ball hit by Elliot Johnson in the wind and dropped it to allow a run to score from second. Johnson reached second on the play, and later scored on a single from Jose Lobaton.
What they said: “Bake was easy,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “He didn’t even work up a sweat, which is good. I like that. He threw the ball nice and easy, and located a little bit. He threw his breaking ball a little bit. It was a good day for him.”
What’s next: Right-hander Carl Pavano is set to make his second Grapefruit League start of the year on Wednesday against the Orioles at 12:05 p.m. CT at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota. Pavano allowed two runs on three hits over two innings in his Spring Training debut against the Rays on Saturday. Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen will start for the Orioles. The Twins also are scheduled to host a “B” game against the Red Sox at 10 a.m. ET at Hammond Stadium. Joe Mauer is set to play first base, Justin Morneau is slated to serve as designated hitter and right-hander Nick Blackburn is scheduled to start.
Injury update: Twins infielder Luke Hughes took a day off from throwing today. He threw for six days so team doctors advised him to rest for one day. He’s hoping to make his first start in the infield later this week. … First-base coach Jerry White spent last night in the hospital after experiencing tightness in his chest and stomach. He underwent a stress test today and was released from the hospital. He’s expected to be back out on the field tomorrow … Reliever Joel Zumaya set a date to undergo Tommy John surgery, as he’ll have it on March 29 in Pensacola, Fla. Dr. James Andrews will perform the operation.