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Twins 12, Rays 3

Offense does its thing, Baker looking good.

Remember when the Enterprise would be dead in the water, and then Geordi would restore main power, or the warp engines would come back online, or the lights would start working?  Remember that noise?  That noise is the Twins right now.

Minnesota's A-Team, minus Jason Kubel, beat up on Rays pitching early while Scott Baker kept them off the board for five innings.  Baker, who has now gone two, three, four and five innings in his starts this spring, pretty much looks ready to go.  Today he recorded three strikeouts, allowing just one hit and a walk.  His spring ERA is a miniscule 0.64, but the telling tale:  12 strikeouts and just two walks in 14 innings.

Joe Mauer, Michael Cuddyer, Jim Thome, Delmon Young and J.J. Hardy all picked up multi-hit afternoons, while Justin Morneau added a hit anda  walk.  Matt Macri finally got his first plate appearance of the spring and picked up a single, which might be the only shot he gets.

Opening Day for the Twins:  two weeks from tomorrow!

Joe Mauer (2-for-4, R)
Justin Morneau (1-for-3, BB, RBI, 3 R)
Michael Cuddyer (3-for-3, HR, 3 RBI, 3 R)
Jim Thome (2-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI, R)
Delmon Young (2-for-3, 2B, RBI)
J.J. Hardy (2-for-3, RBI)
Scott Baker (5 IP, 1 H, 3 K, 1 BB, 0 R)

Denard Span (0-for-4)
Nick Punto (0-for-3, K)
Clay Condrey (1 IP, 2 H, BB, 3 R)