Final in 8
1:05 PM ET, March 25, 2011
Hammond Stadium, Fort Myers, Florida
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Slowed early in camp by a turf toe injury, Delmon Young has caught up quickly.Young hit a two-run homer and Scott Baker pitched six solid innings to help the Minnesota Twins beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-5 on Friday.Jake Fox hit his ninth home run of the spring and Adam Jones his fifth for Baltimore. Nolan Reimold also went deep.Orioles starter Brad Bergesen was hit on the right forearm by Denard Span's line drive in the first inning. Bergesen left the game after throwing only four pitches, but X-rays were negative and the injury was determined to be a bruise.Young, sidelined for the first two weeks of spring training, homered in the second off minor leaguer Mike Ballard, who allowed six runs and six hits in one inning.The 25-year-old Young is entering his fifth full big league season. He hit .298 with 21 home runs and 112 RBIs last season, all career highs. Since coming back from the injury, he has played in 13 games, hitting .417 (15 for 36) with three homers and nine RBIs."Delmon is swinging really good," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Delmon's locked in right now. He's hitting the ball really, really hard. He got a bit of a late start with the toe thing, but he's swinging good."Young was drafted No. 1 overall by Tampa Bay in 2003 out of Adolfo Camarillo (Calif.) High School. He joined the Twins in a November 2007 trade."As a pitcher, you start to watch these hitters," Baker said. "He's not giving a lot of at-bats away. He's not swinging at bad pitches. He's not chasing pitches out of the zone. He's obviously very talented. He could be one of the best hitters in the league, for sure. I think you're starting to see that come to fruition."Baker, assured of a rotation spot, gave up three runs and five hits. He struck out five and walked one.Bergesen joked after his brief outing that he had a no-hitter. The right-hander is competing with Chris Tillman and Zach Britton for a spot in the rotation.Span's liner caromed off Bergesen's forearm and into the glove of second baseman Robert Andino for an out."The doctor said he hit me in probably the best spot," Bergesen said. "He said any higher would have been a deep muscle bruise, and that would have caused some damage. And a little bit lower would have been ligaments, and lower than that would have caught the bone flush by itself."He said to get in the right arm, that's the best spot."Bergesen entered with a 5.94 ERA over five spring appearances and was counting on a solid performance to enhance his bid to make the club."My hope coming into today was to get up six times and pitch how I'm capable of pitching, so that part's frustrating," Bergesen said. "But it's something I can't control, so hopefully I'll get another chance in another x-amount of days."Jones went 3 for 4 with a two-run shot off Baker in the third. Reimold connected in the fourth and finished with two hits.Twins first baseman Justin Morneau went 1 for 3 with an RBI, raising his spring average to .125. Joe Mauer was 0 for 2 with a walk, lowering his average to .385.
|Stadium||Hammond Stadium, Fort Myers, FL|
|Weather||80 degrees, Overcast|
|Wind||5 mph, W|
|Umpires||, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Sam Holbrook|