Miller: Former Twins Hardy, Ford help beat Minnesota

  • Blog Post by: Phil Miller
  • March 17, 2013 - 2:55 PM

SARASOTA, FLA. -- The Twins were no match for the ex-Twins on Sunday.

J.J. Hardy hit a long home run off Minnesota starter Vance Worley, and Lew Ford drove in three runs, and the Baltimore Orioles coasted to a 7-1 victory over the Twins in Ed Smith Stadium.

Worley allowed three runs in four innings, but his problem in the two-run second was that Baltimore didn't hit the ball hard enough. With the bases loaded, Chris Dickerson dribbled a slow grounder just barely out of Worley's reach for a run-scoring single. Then Ford followed with a ground ball directly at shortstop Pedro Florimon, but the ball reached him too late to turn an inning-ending double play.

Florimon did take part in double plays in the first and third innings, however.

The Twins managed only six hits off Orioles starter Steve Johnson and three relievers, and avoided the shutout only when Brandon Boggs lifted a Jair Jurrjens pitch over the right-field wall in the ninth inning, the reserve outfielder's third home run of the spring.

Matt Weiters also homered for Baltimore, a two-run shot off Casey Fein.

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