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Minnesota 7, Cincinnati 1

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Entering his 19th major league season,
Terry Mulholland's desire to win hasn't waned.

Mulholland pitched two scoreless innings of relief and Jacque
Jones hit a three-run homer to lead the Minnesota Twins over the
Cincinnati Reds 7-1 Monday.

"Anytime I come into a ballgame and we're behind or the game's
tied, I go into the dugout after the inning's over and basically
say, 'Hey, let's win one for the old guy," the 42-year-old
Mulholland said. "It doesn't hurt to ask. Sometimes they answer
pretty well. I don't say it under my breath -- I come in there to
make a point of letting everybody know, and today they gave a good
effort."

Mulholland allowed one hit, struck out a batter and walked one.

Jones' home run highlighted the Twins' seven-run sixth inning.

Justin Morneau led off with a double and Michael Cuddyer
followed with a single before Jones homered off reliever Todd
Coffey.

Luis Rivas then tripled to center and scored on Augie Ojeda's
single. Ojeda scored on a single by Lew Ford, who came home on Joe
Mauer's double. Mauer scored on a wild pitch to make it 7-1.

Jason LaRue homered in the second for the Reds. Ken Griffey Jr.
went 0-for-4 and struck out twice.

Cincinnati right-hander Aaron Harang shut out Minnesota through
five innings, allowing two hits and striking out two while walking
five.

"Harang kind of shut us down -- he threw the ball pretty good
against us," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "But then after
that we kind of got after it a little bit. Jacque hit a big homer --
that was nice to see -- and a few of the other boys put some nice
swings on the ball and we ended up having a big inning. That's two
days in a row we've scored a touchdown. Touchdowns are good in
baseball. They're good in football, but they're better in
baseball."

Mauer finished 1-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and a run in six
innings before being replaced at catcher by Mike Redmond. Mauer is
scheduled to start Tuesday night in Sarasota against the Reds, his
first back-to-back starts of the spring.

The club still is being cautious with Mauer, who had
arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and missed all but 35 games
in his rookie season. He had swelling and soreness in the knee the
first week of March but there have been no setbacks since.

"I felt good. No problems," Mauer said. "I'm ready to go
tomorrow night, and we'll go from there."

Game notes
Gardenhire said RH reliever Grant Balfour has been cleared
by doctors to start his throwing program. Balfour was placed on the
15-day disabled list Saturday with a strained forearm. ... Before
the game, Donald Fehr, head of the players' union, met with the
Twins for almost two hours.