An injury in 2009 forced Kevin Slowey off the mound at midseason. This spring, the Minnesota right-hander has been pitching in midseason form.
Jacque Jones hit a two-run home run and Justin Morneau hit a solo shot to support Slowey in the Twins' 4-1 victory over the Florida Marlins Wednesday.
Slowey struck out five without a walk while giving up three hits in five scoreless innings, lowering his spring ERA to 0.56 against a Marlins team that fielded most of its regulars.
Slowey had a 10-2 record by June 19, but threw his last pitch of the season two weeks later.
"He's a pretty tough kid," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We'll let it play out. He's throwing the ball as well as anybody in camp."
Marlins right fielder Brett Carroll left the game in the middle of the first with a strained left oblique muscle and is expected to sit out for a few days. Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said he anticipates Carroll missing at least two days. Carroll is competing for a bench role in the outfield.
Rays 5, Blue Jays 3: Jason Bartlett hit a pair of solo homers and Jeff Niemann pitched five solid innings for Tampa Bay.
Red Sox 6, Pirates 4: Victor Martinez, Bill Hall and Mike Cameron each homered to lead Boston. Josh Beckett racked up nine strikeouts in five innings, fanning seven of nine batters in one stretch.