Final in 10

Twins 4

(19-9, 9-6 away)

Phillies 2

(10-18, 6-9 home)

    1:05 PM ET, March 31, 2004

    Bright House Networks, Clearwater, Florida 

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    Minnesota 4, Philadelphia 2

    CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- Jim Thome's finger is just fine.

    Thome hit a home run in his third start at first base since breaking his finger, but Ryan Owens had an RBI single off reliever Jim Crowell to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday.

    Thome broke the tip of the middle finger on his right hand March 5. He resumed hitting 10 days ago, but hasn't made a real throw in the three games he's played in the field.

    "It was great," Thome said. "It's coming along. Hopefully within the next couple days, I can start throwing. Just throwing it around the field, it feels better."

    Thome, who tied for the major league lead with 47 homers last season, lined a shot over the right-field wall with two outs in the sixth. Pat Burrell followed with a double, and Bobby Abreu hit an RBI single to tie it at 2.

    "I've been seeing the ball pretty good," Thome said.

    Owens gave the Twins a 3-2 lead with his RBI single, and James Tomlin added an RBI double. Matthew LeCroy hit a solo homer off Kevin Millwood in the second, giving the Twins a 1-0 lead.

    In his final start before pitching opening day at Pittsburgh, Millwood allowed one run and four hits in three innings.

    Millwood gave up two runs in eight innings in his last two starts after three rough outings, including one in which he allowed three consecutive homers to the Twins on March 21.

    "Everything I've worked on down here has gotten better and that's been my goal," Millwood said. "Physically, I feel better than I've ever felt. I don't care about the numbers down here."

    Twins starter Joe Roa allowed one hit in three innings. Roa, competing for a bullpen spot in Minnesota, started the Phillies' final home opener at Veterans Stadium last season before he was released.< ^Notes: OF Doug Glanville's contract for $550,000 this season became guaranteed when he was still on Philadelphia's roster. The Phillies released LHP Victor Alvarez before the game. They have 34 players remaining in camp. The roster must be set at 25 by 2 p.m. Sunday. ... LHP Randy Wolf and Thome will play in a Triple-A game in Clearwater on Friday, and later join the team in Philadelphia for two exhibition games against Cleveland at the new Citizens Bank Park. ... Phillies 3B David Bell played nine innings, a sign he's recovered from shoulder tendinitis that forced him to miss two weeks.

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