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Twins 5, Orioles 5: Explosive episode in the second inning doesn’t last

Inning #2 was a big one for the Twins, but not enough for the win. At least it wasn’t few enough for the loss either.

MLB: Spring Training-Toronto Blue Jays at Minnesota Twins Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

This was one of those classic back-and-fourth, lopsided spring training games we all know and love. Though the Orioles jumped to a quick lead, getting one off Ervin Santana in the top of the first inning, the Twins scored five in the bottom of the second. Jason Castro, Byron Buxton, and Max Kepler all hit doubles, and there were RBI singles be Brian Dozier and Joe Mauer. It was cool.

Unfortunately, that lead did not last. Michael Tonkin gave up a home run to Chris Johnson in the top of the sixth inning, and then Drew Rucinski gave up a three-run home run in the top of the seventh to tie it.

The game remained tied 5-5 until the bottom of the ninth inning, when it still remained tied, and everyone just called it a night and left it at that.


  • Kennys Vargas is day-to-day with a left foot contusion. He fouled a ball off his foot in the third and limped off the field. X-rays were negative for a fracture, but got to think ByungHo Park’s chances of making the roster are increasing.
  • Orioles starter Mike Wright tried to pick Byron Buxton off first, threw the ball into right field, and Buxton made it all the made to freakin’ third baase before the Orioles recovered. Gotta love that speed.
  • Trevor May was back in the Twins clubhouse today visiting with teammates after his Tommy John’s . He had the surgery Wednesday in Texas.