La Velle E. Neal III has covered baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he grew up following the White Sox and hating the Cubs. He attended both the University of Illinois and Illinois-Chicago and began his baseball writing career at the Kansas City Star. He can be heard occasionally on KFAN radio, lending his great baseball mind to Paul Allen and other hosts. Mark Rosen borrows him occasionally for WCCO-TV.

Twins-Orioles: The spring training lid-lifter

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: February 23, 2013 - 11:09 AM

Here is the game story from the AP:

Minnesota's Josh Willingham opened the Grapefruit League season with two hits, including a two-run homer, though the Baltimore Orioles rallied late for a 5-3 win on Saturday.

Willingham, coming off a season in which he set career highs in home runs, runs and RBI, lined a pitch from Tommy Hunter over the fence in left in the third inning to put the Twins in front.

Chris Davis had two hits for the Orioles and Matt Wieters doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly by J.J. Hardy. Non-roster invitee Trayvon Robinson broke a 3-3 tie in the eighth with a two-run homer off Minnesota's Tyler Robertson.

Minnesota starter Kevin Correia allowed a run on two hits in two innings. Correia signed with the Twins last December after spending two years in Pittsburgh.

 

SARASOTA, FLA. - The Orioles have four former Twins in camp in Danny Valencia, Alexi Casilla, Lew Ford and J.J. Hardy - but none of them are in today's starting lineup. Baltimore is starting a lot of its big guns, which the home team normally does.

Zach Britton is scheduled to start for the O's, but Jake Arrieta, who best the Twins on Opening Day last year, is set to follow him. Also on the list to pitch is megaprospect Dylan Bundy.

Will check back later with updates.

It's great to see Brian Roberts back on the field after battling concussion issues in recent years.

UPDATES

Outfielder Oswaldo Arcia will miss several days with a pulled muscle in his left side. Arcia suffered the injury during early work on Friday. Gardenhire was disappointed because he wanted to see Arcia in game action this weekend.

Third baseman Trevor Plouffe might play in the intrasquad game on Sunday if his workout on Saturday goes well.

Twins

1. Darin Mastroianni, CF
2. Eduardo Escobar, 3B
3. Josh Willingham, LF
4. Ryan Doumit, DH
5. Chris Parmelee, RF
6. Chris Colabello, 1B
7. Brian Dozier, 2B
8. Drew Butera, C
9. Pedro Florimon, SS

RHP Kevin Correia, with Shairon Martis, Ryan Pressly, Josh Roenicke, Tyler Robertson and Tim Wood set to follow.

O's

1. Brian Roberts, 2B
2. Nate  McLouth, LF
3. Nick Markakis, DH
4. Adam Jones, CF
5. Matt Wieters, C
6. Chris Davis, 1B
7. J.J. Hardy, SS
8. Manny Machado, 3B
9. Chris Dickerson, RF

Pitching: LHP Zach Britton, followed by Jake Arrieta, Tommy Hunter, T.J. McFarland, Dylan Bundy, Steve Johnson and others.

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Los Angeles - LP: P. Maholm 7 FINAL
Pittsburgh - WP: V. Worley 12
San Francisco 9 Bottom 14th Inning
Philadelphia 5
Texas - LP: N. Tepesch 1 FINAL
NY Yankees - WP: J. Francis 2
Boston - LP: J. Peavy 3 FINAL
Toronto - WP: J. Happ 7
Miami - WP: J. Turner 6 FINAL
Atlanta - LP: M. Minor 5
San Diego - LP: E. Stults 0 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - WP: K. Hendricks 6
Cincinnati - LP: S. LeCure 3 FINAL
Milwaukee - WP: F. Rodriguez 4
Cleveland - WP: D. Salazar 8 FINAL
Minnesota - LP: Y. Pino 2
Kansas City - WP: B. Chen 7 FINAL
Chicago WSox - LP: S. Carroll 1
Tampa Bay - WP: J. Odorizzi 7 FINAL
St. Louis - LP: A. Wainwright 2
Washington - WP: C. Stammen 7 FINAL
Colorado - LP: B. Brown 4
Detroit 4 Bottom 8th Inning
Arizona 3
Houston 2 Bottom 8th Inning
Oakland 2
Baltimore 3 Top 8th Inning
LA Angels 0
NY Mets 3 Bottom 8th Inning
Seattle 1
Calgary 7/24/14 8:00 PM
Edmonton
Winnipeg 7/25/14 9:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Ottawa 7/26/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton
Toronto 7/26/14 9:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Winnipeg 7/31/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton
Tulsa 93 FINAL
San Antonio 95
Atlanta 108 FINAL
Minnesota 112
Indiana 57 FINAL
Chicago 60
Phoenix 89 FINAL
Seattle 71

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