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Mauer helps lead Twins 4-1

March 22, 2011
From AP wire reports

Joe Mauer and Delmon Young both missed some time in spring training. They haven't missed a beat since.

Mauer had two hits and an RBI and Young also rapped out a pair of singles to help the Minnesota Twins beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1 Monday.

Mauer, who had knee surgery in the offseason, started at catcher for the second time this spring and played six innings. He singled twice and drew a walk, finishing 2-for-3.

Young, who has recovered from a toe injury, singled in his first two at-bats against left-hander Paul Maholm.

"I told the guys in our dugout, 'Why do you guys come to spring training so early and swing so much? Just do what Joe and Delmon are doing, skip 10 or 12 games and just start hitting,'" Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "They're right on line. Their swings look great."

Left-hander Brian Duensing pitched five innings for Minnesota (13-10), allowing an unearned run and three hits. He walked one and struck out two.

"The ball came out of his hand really good," Gardenhire said. "He had all of his pitches working. His location was outstanding. He was moving the ball in and out, using both sides of the plate. He had a great little breaking ball that he could slip over any time he wanted to."

Duensing struggled with mechanics in his previous start, when he yielded two runs and five hits in four innings against the New York Mets.

Maholm worked six innings, his longest outing this spring. The left-hander gave up two runs and six hits, walked two and struck out five.

In the fifth, the Twins loaded the bases with none out. Maholm got Young to ground into a double play and worked out of the jam allowing just one run.

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Rays 3, Yankees 1: Bartolo Colon made another strong bid for a spot in the Yankees' rotation, allowing one run over six innings in New York's loss to the Tampa Bay.

Colon is competing with Ivan Nova, Freddy Garcia and Sergio Mitre for two openings behind CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Phil Hughes.

Colon gave up two hits and struck out five during his 64-pitch outing. In four exhibition starts, the burly right-hander has allowed four runs over 15 innings.

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez went 0 for 2 with a walk. A-Rod had gotten a hit in each of his other 13 spring training games.

Phillies 4, Red Sox 1: Roy Halladay looked ready for opening day and beyond, pitching into the eighth inning to lead Philadelphia past Boston.

Halladay, the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, flirted with a rare spring training complete game. He held the Red Sox to one run and five hits before being relieved by Ryan Madson with two outs in the eighth.

"I felt good, both arm and body. I felt strong," said Halladay, who led the majors with 250 2/3 innings last year. "I didn't feel like I got tired. I felt like I had a lot more left. Physically, I feel like where I need to be."

Halladay, 33, struck out six and walked three.

Halladay will make one more start in Florida before the Phillies break camp next week. He is on tap to start his second straight opening day for the pitching-rich Phillies on April 1 at home against the Houston Astros.

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