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Minnesota 4, Philadelphia 2

3/31/2004

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
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^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.