Final in 10

Twins 12

(14-12, 7-6 away)

Reds 11

(14-14, 7-7 home)

    7:05 PM ET, March 29, 2005

    Ed Smith Stadium, Sarasota, Florida 

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    MIN 3000215001 12 - -
    CIN 4000100150 11 - -

    Minnesota 12, Cincinnati 11 (10 innings)

    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 Tuesday night.

    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.

    The Reds were paced by third baseman Joe Randa, who hit a three-run homer in the first inning off Joe Mays, singled and walked.

    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 work out."

    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.

    Game notes


    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.

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