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Young, Twins top Orioles 6-5

March 26, 2011
From AP wire reports

Slowed early in camp by a turf toe injury, Delmon Young has caught up quickly.

Young hit a two-run homer and Scott Baker pitched six solid innings to help the Minnesota Twins beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-5 Friday in Fort Myers.

Jake Fox hit his ninth home run of the spring and Adam Jones his fifth for Baltimore. Nolan Reimold also went deep.

Orioles starter Brad Bergesen was hit on the right forearm by Denard Span's line drive in the first inning. Bergesen left the game after throwing only four pitches, but X-rays were negative and the injury was determined to be a bruise.

Young, sidelined for the first two weeks of spring training, homered in the second off minor leaguer Mike Ballard, who allowed six runs and six hits in one inning.

Young, 25, is entering his fifth full big league season. He hit .298 with 21 home runs and 112 RBI last season, all career highs. Since coming back from the injury, he has played in 13 games, hitting .417 (15 for 36) with three homers and nine RBI.

"Delmon is swinging really good," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Delmon's locked in right now. He's hitting the ball really, really hard. He got a bit of a late start with the toe thing, but he's swinging good."

Young was drafted No. 1 overall by Tampa Bay in 2003 out of Adolfo Camarillo (Calif.) High School. He joined the Twins in a November 2007 trade.

Baker, assured of a rotation spot, gave up three runs and five hits. He struck out five and walked one.

Twins first baseman Justin Morneau went 1-for-3 with an RBI, raising his spring average to .125. Joe Mauer was 0-for-2 with a walk, lowering his average to .385.

Rays 9, Pirates 5: Justin Ruggiano had two hits and drove in three runs to help Tampa Bay beat Pittsburgh at Port Charlotte.

Ruggiano's two-run single off Joel Hanrahan snapped a sixth-inning tie. He added an RBI in the eighth as the Rays won their fifth straight spring training game.

Rays starter Jeff Niemann allowed five runs and nine hits while striking out six in six innings. Pirates starter Charlie Morton yielded five runs, five hits and walked three in five innings.

Pittsburgh's Josh Rodriguez had a two-run single off Niemann. Norton and Ryan Doumit also drove in runs for the Pirates.

Marlins 6, Mets 5: Anibal Sanchez has been Florida's best starting pitcher this spring.

The right-hander pitched the Marlins to victory over the New York Mets, throwing three-hit ball for 5 1/3 scoreless innings in his longest outing of the spring.

Mike Stanton had two more RBI, one each on a double and a sacrifice fly. He has nine RBI in two games since he made his Grapefruit League debut Thursday after missing most of the spring with a right quadriceps strain.

Chris Coghlan played center field for the first time since March 16. He entered as a defensive replacement in the sixth inning.



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