Devil Rays 1

(4-2, 1-2 away)

Twins 5

(3-3, 2-1 home)

    1:05 PM ET, March 7, 2005

    Hammond Stadium, Fort Myers, Florida 

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    Minnesota 5, Tampa Bay 1

    FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Carlos Silva knows he needs to expand his repertoire of pitches, and that's what the right-hander is working on this spring.

    So far so good for Silva, who struck out two in two scoreless innings for the Minnesota Twins in a 5-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Monday.

    Silva went 14-8 with a 4.21 ERA last year, his first as a full-time major league starter. Armed with a good sinker, Silva is trying to establish his breaking balls in preparation for the season.

    "You can have the best slider in the league, but if you don't have another pitch they're going to sit on that," said Silva, who signed a $5.05 million, two-year contract over the winter.

    After arriving from Philadelphia in the trade for Eric Milton, Silva wasn't sure what to expect with a new team in a new league with a new role. It's worked out well for him.

    "This team, and the coaches, they make everything easy for you," Silva said.

    Silva allowed one hit and -- like the other four Twins who pitched Monday -- didn't allow a walk.

    "He was pounding it inside, outside, putting it right where he wanted it," Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said.

    Devil Rays starter Mark Hendrickson gave up five hits and two runs -- one earned -- in three innings. Rob Bell, fighting for a spot in the rotation, relieved and yielded five hits and three runs in three innings.

    Tampa Bay center fielder Chris Singleton, in camp as a nonroster player, left the game in the middle of the first inning after feeling a twinge in his groin. It's not considered serious. He was replaced by Tom Goodwin, another veteran nonroster invitee the Devil Rays are looking at in a crowded outfield competition.

    B.J. Upton, Tampa Bay's 20-year-old shortstop, reached on a throwing error by second baseman Juan Castro leading off the ninth and scored on Francisco Liriano's second wild pitch of the inning.

    Delmon Young went 2-for-4 for the Devil Rays.

    C.J. Nitkowski pitched two perfect innings of relief for the Twins. Shannon Stewart and Michael Restovich each went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI for Minnesota, and shortstop prospect Jason Bartlett was 2-for-3 with a double and a run.

    Twins catcher Joe Mauer was given Monday off because of some mild soreness and swelling in his left knee, the first problem he's had this spring.

    The team was told by Mauer's doctors that this was a normal expectation in his recovery from surgery to repair torn medial meniscus cartilage in the knee. But it wasn't exactly good news, either.

    "We're going to back him off for a day or two," Gardenhire said, "and see how it goes from there. All we can do is wait and see."

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