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Twins 5, Red Sox 3: ByungHo Park does it again

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Park drove in the go-ahead runs for the Twins on his team-leading sixth home run of the spring.

MLB: Spring Training-Minnesota Twins at Miami Marlins
“How you like me now, bitches?”
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ByungHo Park—who hit a solo-home run in yesterday’s 1-0 win over the Rays—did it again today, breaking up a 3-3 tie in the eighth inning with a two-run PARK BANG over the “fake” green monster. It was his sixth home run of the spring, which is definitely more than any other Twin. Heck, it’s more than most other MLB players.

For reference, Park only hit three home runs last spring training.

Twins “Ace” Ervin Santana started the game. He did okay, I guess? The long-ball sort of got to him, as he gave up solo home runs to Xander Bogaerts and Pablo Sandoval. Overall, he gave up three earned runs on nine hits over 4.2 innings, but he struck-out five guys!

Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press caught up with the baseball-smeller after the game:

The bullpen today was stellar, which is encouraging. Craig Breslow gave up one hit, but other than that, Matt Belisle, Brandon Kintzler, and Alan Busenitz—who I think might be some guy they just pulled from the stands—all had perfect outings.

Notes

  • Alan Busenitz is actually the other guy the Twins got in the Ricky Nolasco-Hector Santiago trade with the Angels.
  • The Twins has officially decided to keep Justin Haley, their Rule 5 draft pick, but he won’t be in the rotation.
  • J.B. Shuck, who has not yet been officially reassigned to the minors, went 2-for-3 today.
  • Eduardo Escobar also went 2-for-3 today, but had a walk too.
  • No one won the Mayor’s Cup Chairman’s Cup this year. The Red Sox and Twins tied 3-3 in spring training games.