Twins 8

(16-12, 6-7 away)

Blue Jays 6

(10-18, 4-10 home)

1:05 PM ET, March 28, 2006

Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, Dunedin, Florida 

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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.

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