Baltimore 6, Twins 0: Bulger provides no relief at all once again in loss

  • Article by: JOE CHRISTENSEN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 8, 2012 - 9:02 AM

Twins center fielder Ben Revere during Wednesday's loss to the Orioles in Sarasota, Fla.

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SARASOTA, FLA. — Jason Bulger made the Angels' Opening Day roster each of the past four years and seemed like a reliever to watch for the Twins this spring, but his first two appearances have been hard on the eyes.

The 33-year-old righthander allowed four runs on four hits and a walk in two-thirds of an inning in Wednesday's 6-0 loss to the Orioles after giving up five earned runs in one-third of an inning on Saturday against the Red Sox.

"Obviously that's the worst start I can imagine coming into camp with a new team," said Bulger, whose ERA actually dropped from 135.00 to 81.00. "I just have to put things together. There's no other reason behind it. I just have to put the ball over the plate where I need it to go."

Signed to a minor league deal, he hopes to find the form that helped him post a 3.56 ERA in 64 games for the Angels in 2009. His fastball looks OK for spring training -- 88 to 89 mph -- but he keeps missing his spots.

"He's a veteran, trying to get through it," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He's fighting himself a little bit mentally."


    Up next: Twins split squad vs. Tampa Bay • 12:05 p.m. today • Fort Myers, Fla. • TV: none (1500-AM)

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