Spring Fever

Twins 1, Red Sox (ss) 0

Had this been a regular season game, it would have been the matchup of the week.

A good old-fashioned pitcher's duel between Johan Santana and Curt Schilling highlighted this exhibition game, as Johan tossed three scoreless innings to lead the Minnesota Twins over the Boston Red Sox split squad, 1-0 Thursday. Santana mixed pitches, striking out three of 12 batters.

Schilling struck out four in four innings, allowing one run, two hits and one walk. He also worked on a changeup using it on 14 of 60 pitches.

When asked about the recent conversation he had with the media, Santana said, "I would love to stay here. It's going to be up to them to make it happen. Hopefully they'll find a way to keep this team together when they get a new ballpark for many years to come."

Another Twins Venezuelan lefty, Jose Mijares, earned the save with a perfect ninth in his first spring training appearance after missing the past two weeks when his brother was killed by a gunshot in Caracas.

Nationals 12, Astros 5

Shortstop Josh Wilson went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored in the Washinton Nationals' 12-5 win over the Houston Astros. The 25-year-old raised his batting average from .222 to .417 after batting .307 with 10 homers and 45 RBIs in 89 games for AAA Colorado Springs last season.

Starter Jason Simontacchi showed a lack of control when he allowed three runs and four hits in four innings with four strikeouts, no walks and two hit batters.

Houston's Jason Jennings gave up four runs and five hits in three innings, striking out three and walking one. Jason Bergmann pitched three scoreless innings of relief for the Nats, keeping his ERA at 0.00 in five innings.

Chris Snelling was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Abraham Nunez homered for the Nationals while Robert Fick singled in a pair of runs in Washington's five-run eighth.

Houston's Jason Lane was 3-for-4 with a home run, a double and two RBIs while Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer.

In other Astros news, catcher Hector Gimenez had surgery to repair his torn labrum and is expected to begin throwing in about three months.

Marlins 2, Dodgers 1

Derek Lowe and Anibal Sanchez, the two most recent owners of major league no-no's, were both sharp in the 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Each pitched three good innings, with Lowe allowing 1 hit and no runs off 10 batters while Sanchez allowed one run - a Nomar Garciaparra homer - struck out four and didn't walk a batter in his second spring start.

With #2 starter Josh Johnson out for at least two months with nerve irritation in his pitching arm, Sanchez is contending with Scott Olsen and Ricky Nolasco for the spot behind opening day ace Dontrelle Willis.

Miguel Cabrera was 3-for-3 with a two-run single as the Marlins scored two runs in the sixth inning.

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Jake The Snake said...

I wonder if Curt wrote about it on his blog...

Sooze said...

Most likely.