Minnesota 8, Toronto 6

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) -- Toronto Blue Jays starter Scott Downs left
Tuesday's 8-6 loss to the Minnesota Twins when his right knee felt
irritated while he warmed up for the third inning.

"It was the tendon area under his knee," manager John Gibbons
said. "Hopefully it's not serious."

Scott Baker pitched six solid innings in his effort to become
Minnesota's fifth starter. Baker allowed three runs, four hits and
one walk. He struck out one.

"Any time you can be efficient and get guys out early in the
count is all you can ask for," said Baker who retired 12 of his
final 13 hitters.

Nick Punto and Joe Mauer each had two hits for the Twins, and
Terry Tiffee drove in two runs.

Bengie Molina hit a two-run homer and Jason Phillips had a solo
homer for the Blue Jays. Phillips' homer came while his younger
brother Kyle was catching for the Twins.

Loser James Baldwin allowed five runs and four hits in the
seventh inning.

Game notes
Blue Jays RHP A.J. Burnett threw off the mound for the
first time since scar tissue broke free in his right elbow March
18. "He threw 55 pitches over 12 minutes," pitching coach Brad
Arnsberg said. "He threw all his pitches at 80 percent." Burnett
may pitch three innings Saturday against Triple-A Syracuse. ...
Toronto returned Baldwin its minor league camp. ... Twins RHP Juan
Rincon pitched for the first time this spring training, facing
Double-A and Triple-A hitters during an intrasquad game in Fort
Myers. He went one inning, allowed one hit and threw 12 pitches.