Spring Fever

Twins 4, Phillies 3

Johan Santana has struggled to find his changeup recently, but it's all there now. The American League Cy Young Award winner allowed just one hit in five shutout innings, helping the Minnesota Twins beat a Philadelphia Phillies split squad, 4-3 on Sunday. He walked three and struck out two, lowering his spring ERA to 0.64.

The reigning AL MVP, Justin Morneau, who ended his home run drought on Saturday, homered again for Minnesota and is 5-for-6 in his last two games.

The Phillies didn't bring any regular starters to Fort Myers other than outfielder Shane Victorino, who went 1-for-3 with a single, hitting .432 this spring.

Before the game, the Twins informed Denard Span, the likely heir apparent to Torii Hunter in center, that he had been optioned to AAA Rochester.

Red Sox 2, Orioles 1

Daniel Cabrera walked five batters in five innings Sunday while the Baltimore Orioles lost 2-1 to the Boston Red Sox in front of Orioles owner Peter Angelos. Not cool.

The 6'-7" righty allowed only one run with three strikeouts in five innings despite having problems with overthrowing. The only hits he gave up were consecutive doubles by Joe McEwing and Alberto Castillo that tied the score at 1 in the fifth.

Five Boston pitchers limited the Orioles to five hits, including an RBI single by Aubrey Huff.

Julian Tavarez pitched three scoreless innings of two-hit relief for Boston, and Mike Burns worked a perfect ninth for the save.

Red Sox starter Kason Gabbard pitched three shutout innings, giving up one hit and striking out two.

Curt Schilling threw 98 pitches over six solid innings in a game featuring mostly AAA players at Boston's minor league complex. Schilling mixed all his pitches and hopes his next start will prove to Terry Francona that he's prepared to go deep into the game during Boston's season opener at Kansas City on April 2nd.

Astros 4, Blue Jays 3

Roy Oswalt allowed three runs and one hit in 5.2 innings to help the Houston Astros beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 4-3. He didn't allow a hit until Reed Johnson's double in the sixth inning. Manager Phil Garner called Oswalt's spring training performance "outstanding."

Oswalt had planned to pitch just five innings, but returned for the sixth because he had thrown only about 50 pitches up until that point. He finished with 71 pitches - 48 for strikes. Oswalt is set to start his fifth straight Opener after going 15-8 with a 2.98 ERA last season.

Carlos Lee, batting .433 this spring, had a two-run single in Houston's four-run fifth inning.

A.J. Burnett allowed four runs and four hits with three walks in 4.1 innings for the Jays, working in some changeups and curveballs. He allowed just one hit over the first four innings before giving up all four runs in the fifth.

Casey Janssen impressed the club by allowing one hit and striking out five over 2.2 innings, helping his case for the big leagues. Non-roster invitee Hunter Pence, who is batting .593 this spring, had a triple in the eighth for Houston.

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deborah said...

i watched most of the twins game on sunday. it was almost like baseball season had started up.
two more weeks to wait...

Sooze said...


I'm so excited for the season to start. We're gonna dominate.