SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- Joe Mauer went 3-for-3 with a two-run
double and Matthew LeCroy homered in the 10th inning, leading the
Minnesota Twins to a 12-11 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on
Mauer, making back-to-back starts behind the plate for the first
time this spring, also singled twice before he was replaced by
LeCroy in the fifth inning. Knee surgery limited Mauer to 35 games
last year, and the Twins have been cautious with him this spring.
Torii Hunter and minor leaguer Josh Rabe hit two-run homers for
the Twins, who piled up a spring-high 20 hits off a cast of
pitchers trying to secure bullpen roles. Outfielder Michael
Restovich, hoping to secure the last roster spot, also had a pair
of run-scoring singles.
The Reds rallied for five runs off two minor league pitchers in
the ninth to tie it at 11, but LeCroy led off the 10th with a homer
off Jeriome Robertson.
Ken Griffey Jr. went 1-for-5 with a first-inning double.
Griffey, who is coming off hamstring surgery last August, is
hitting .282 without a homer this spring. He smoothly ran down a
couple of long flyballs in center, showing no problem with the leg.
Randa signed a one-year, $2.15 million deal last December. The
Reds haven't had a reliable third baseman since they traded Aaron
Boone to the Yankees midway through the 2003 season.
"I just wanted to get adapted and fit in," said Randa, who
spent the last six years with Kansas City. "I feel like I'm there
now. I feel comfortable."
Besides playing solid defense, Randa has gone on a hitting tear
-- 9-for-17 with a pair of homers in the last six games.
"I've felt good the whole spring," Randa said. "I wasn't
striking out early in camp, just hitting balls at guys. I didn't
get frustrated. I just stayed with the plan. I think it's going to
Reds left-hander Brandon Claussen gave up four hits and three
runs in the first inning, struggling at the outset for the second
straight appearance. Claussen is expected start the season in the
bullpen, and could be used as a fifth starter.
David Weathers, one of the relievers signed by Cincinnati as
part of a bullpen overhaul in the offseason, gave up Rabe's homer
during a five-run seventh inning that put Minnesota ahead 11-5.
Reds 1B Sean Casey was scratched from the lineup because of
a sore left thigh. ... The Reds plan to reduce their roster on
Wednesday. They have 36 players in camp, 11 over the opening day
limit. ... Rabe was one of six minor leaguers brought along for the
game. He was assigned to the minors on March 14. ... The game took
3 hours, 27 minutes.