Baker, Blackburn go in B game

  • Updated: March 1, 2012 - 11:56 PM

The Twins righthanders each got in an inning of work against the Red Sox.

hide

Twins righthander Scott Baker pitched one inning during a B game against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday.

Photo: Elizabeth Flores, Star Tribune

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

Baker, Blackburn go in B game

FORT MYERS. FLA. - It was just a B game, but it was an important one for Twins righthanders Scott Baker and Nick Blackburn.

Both starters battled injuries last year but got off to a good start Thursday, with each pitching an inning in a 6-5 Twins victory over the Red Sox at Hammond Stadium.

Baker gave up a home run to Ryan Lavarnway but got through his inning feeling good. Baker landed on the disabled list twice during the second half of the 2011 season because of a flexor strain.

"Even though it's a B game, there's a little adrenaline going and I was a little jumpy at times," Baker said. "As long as I'm healthy and I feel the ball is coming out of my hand good, then I'm happy with it."

Blackburn hasn't faced opposing hitters since Aug. 21, when he lasted 11/3 innings. He landed on the disabled list because of a forearm strain and eventually had surgery to decompress a nerve.

"It was good to get out there and work on stuff," he said, "but I don't feel like I needed to do that more so this spring than any other."

Carlos Gutierrez struggled, giving up two runs over two-thirds of an inning on one hit and three walks. "I think we all saw that the game stopped when he was out there," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "That can't happen."

More action

The Twins ran through a few game situations on another field, enabling them to brush up on all the drills they have worked on over the past week and a half.

Pitchers faced hitters, and Gardenhire stopped play at times to send baserunners onto the field to go over scenarios.

Trevor Plouffe did hit a home run during the simulated game. On the play, Denard Span crashed into the center field fence. Span missed significant time last year because of a concussion.

Span, who had a swollen lip, waved off Gardenhire as he went onto the field.

"He told me, 'I just have a fat face,' " Gardenhire said.

Etc.

• Carl Pavano will start Saturday's spring opener against Tampa Bay. Terry Doyle will start Sunday against Boston in one of the Twins' split-squad games. Francisco Liriano will travel to Port Charlotte and face the Rays in the other game.

• The umpires for the B game were about an hour late because of a mixup. Twins third base coach Steve Liddle put on catcher's gear and called balls and strikes while a member of the grounds crew worked second base. The umps eventually showed up, but when Ray Chang was called out on strikes in the third inning on a questionable call, fans began cheering for Liddle to be brought back.

Camp profile

Wilkin Ramirez

Age: 26

Position: Outfielder

2011 stats: .287, 11 homers, 36 RBI in 81 games at Class AAA Gwinnett; .231 in 20 games with Atlanta.

Tidbits: Originally signed by Detroit, Baseball America had him ranked in their top 10 prospects for several seasons, and he was its top power prospect in 2005. ... His first major league hit was a home run off Texas' Matt Harrison in 2009. ... He's only had 35 games and 37 at-bats in the majors. ... He's a nonroster invite to camp.

LA VELLE E. NEAL III

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions
Final123456789RHE
Minnesota000000100140
Baltimore «00053100X970
@Ballpark Replay
Preview | Matchup | Lineup | Log | Wrap | Box
W:M.Gonzalez(7-7) L:T.May(0-4)
HR: MIN- T.Plouffe (11) BAL- D.Young (7), C.Davis (24)

ADVERTISEMENT

Cincinnati - LP: J. Broxton 1 FINAL
Pittsburgh - WP: T. Watson 2
Minnesota - LP: T. May 1 FINAL
Baltimore - WP: M. Gonzalez 9
NY Yankees - WP: C. Capuano 6 FINAL
Toronto - LP: M. Buehrle 3
Philadelphia - LP: J. Diekman 1 FINAL
NY Mets - WP: J. deGrom 4
Boston - WP: A. Ranaudo 8 FINAL
Tampa Bay - LP: C. Archer 4
Miami - LP: C. Hatcher 2 FINAL
Atlanta - WP: D. Carpenter 5
Cleveland 4 Top 7th Inning
Kansas City 0
Detroit 7 Bottom 8th Inning
Chicago WSox 1
Texas 13 Bottom 8th Inning
Houston 3
Chicago Cubs 7 Bottom 9th Inning
St. Louis 2
Colorado 0 Top 6th Inning
Arizona 0
Oakland 0 Top 4th Inning
LA Angels 0
Los Angeles 1 Bottom 3rd Inning
San Diego 1
Washington 3 Bottom 3rd Inning
Seattle 2
Milwaukee 1 Bottom 2nd Inning
San Francisco 3
Green Bay 9/4/14 7:30 PM
Seattle
(21) Texas A&M 52 FINAL
(9) So Carolina 28
Wake Forest 10 FINAL
ULM 17
Boise State 13 FINAL
(18) Ole Miss 35
Tulane 31 FINAL
Tulsa 38
Rutgers 41 FINAL
Washington St 38
Weber State 14 FINAL
(19) Arizona State 45
Temple 37 FINAL
Vanderbilt 7
BYU 35 FINAL
Connecticut 10
(6) Jacksonville St 7 FINAL
(8) Michigan State 45
Bowling Green 31 4th Qtr 3:30
Western Ky 52
TX-San Antonio 14 3rd Qtr
Houston 0
Colorado State 7 3rd Qtr 9:38
Colorado 17
UNLV 0 1st Qtr 5:30
Arizona 0
Penn State 8/30/14 7:30 AM
UCF
Troy 8/30/14 11:00 AM
UAB
(7) UCLA 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Virginia
Western Mich 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Purdue
(5) Ohio State 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Navy
Appalachian St 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Michigan
Ga Southern 8/30/14 11:30 AM
NC State
Boston College 8/30/14 2:00 PM
Massachusetts
West Virginia 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(2) Alabama
Rice 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(17) Notre Dame
(10) South Dakota St 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(24) Missouri
Fla Atlantic 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(22) Nebraska
California 8/30/14 2:30 PM
Northwestern
Marshall 8/30/14 2:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
UC Davis 8/30/14 3:00 PM
(11) Stanford
Arkansas 8/30/14 3:00 PM
(6) Auburn
(16) Clemson 8/30/14 4:30 PM
(12) Georgia
Liberty 8/30/14 5:00 PM
(23) North Carolina
Ohio U 8/30/14 5:00 PM
Kent State
Louisiana Tech 8/30/14 6:00 PM
(4) Oklahoma
Idaho 8/30/14 6:00 PM
Florida
Stephen F Austin 8/30/14 6:10 PM
(20) Kansas State
Fresno State 8/30/14 6:30 PM
(15) USC
Southern Miss 8/30/14 6:30 PM
Miss State
Texas-El Paso 8/30/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico
North Texas 8/30/14 7:00 PM
Texas
(1) Florida State 8/30/14 7:00 PM
Oklahoma State
(14) Wisconsin 8/30/14 8:00 PM
(13) LSU
South Dakota 8/30/14 9:30 PM
(3) Oregon
(25) Washington 8/30/14 9:30 PM
Hawaii
Utah State 8/31/14 6:00 PM
Tennessee
SMU 8/31/14 6:30 PM
(10) Baylor
Miami-Florida 9/1/14 7:00 PM
Louisville
Arizona 9/4/14 7:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
Pittsburgh 9/5/14 6:00 PM
Boston College
Washington St 9/5/14 9:30 PM
Nevada
Houston 2 2nd Half
Sporting Kansas City 1
Ottawa 10 FINAL
Montreal 20
Winnipeg 8/31/14 3:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Toronto 9/1/14 12:00 PM
Hamilton
Edmonton 9/1/14 3:30 PM
Calgary
Brt Columbia 9/5/14 6:30 PM
Ottawa
Calgary 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Edmonton
Hamilton 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Montreal
Saskatchewan 9/7/14 3:00 PM
Winnipeg
Minnesota 31 3rd Qtr
Phoenix 42
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: How sure are you that the Twins are on the road to improving?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close