Offense was order of the day all around

The Twins ran out to a big lead while beating Philadelphia 11-7 as Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau offered a reminder of what things look like when they are in the lineup together.

hide

Justin Morneau went 3-for-4, including a two-run homer. Oh yeah, Trevor Plouffe hit three homers in a minor league game.

Photo: Charles Krupa, AP

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

FORT MYERS, FLA. - There was offense all over the Lee County Sports Complex on Wednesday. The Twins ran out to a big lead while beating Philadelphia 11-7 as Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau offered a reminder of what things look like when they are in the lineup together.

Both went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Mauer singled to left, right and center. Morneau clobbered his third home run of the spring, a two-run shot to right in the first inning off Vance Worley.

Mauer is batting .340. After watching his average drop to .091, Morneau has a five-game streak during which he's 8-for-17 and has nine RBI.

"It's nice to see those two back on the field enjoying the game of baseball and not worrying about what they are icing after the game,'' manager Ron Gardenhire said.

In addition, Luke Hughes was 2-for-4 with a three-run homer and is batting .375.

Trevor Plouffe was the designated hitter in a minor league game elsewhere on the campus and belted three homers and a double in four at-bats against Class AAA Norfolk of the Orioles chain.

Gardenhire, watching the game from a tower overlooking the minor league fields, yelled down to Plouffe after the second home run, "I haven't seen you run yet! Can you keep it in the park?''

Plouffe couldn't, sending a strong signal that he wants to be the Opening Day right fielder.

Plouffe did some running in the outfield after his fourth at-bat -- because he mostly trotted around the bases.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions
Final123456789RHE
Chicago WSox000002010380
Minnesota «00100030X460
@Ballpark Replay
Preview | Matchup | Lineup | Log | Wrap | Box
W:J.Burton(2-2) L:R.Belisario(3-7) S:G.Perkins (25)
HR: CWS- A.Nieto (1) MIN- None

ADVERTISEMENT

Toronto - WP: A. Sanchez 5 FINAL
NY Yankees - LP: D. Robertson 4
Washington - WP: D. Fister 4 FINAL
Cincinnati - LP: M. Latos 2
Arizona - LP: V. Nuno 2 FINAL
Philadelphia - WP: R. Hernandez 4
Boston - WP: A. Webster 3 FINAL
Tampa Bay - LP: C. Archer 2
NY Mets - WP: J. deGrom 2 FINAL
Milwaukee - LP: J. Nelson 0
Miami - WP: J. Turner 4 FINAL
Houston - LP: C. McHugh 2
Chicago WSox - LP: R. Belisario 3 FINAL
Minnesota - WP: J. Burton 4
Cleveland - WP: D. Salazar 10 FINAL
Kansas City - LP: B. Chen 3
St. Louis - WP: A. Wainwright 1 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - LP: K. Hendricks 0
Detroit - LP: J. Chamberlain 1 FINAL
LA Angels - WP: J. Smith 2
Pittsburgh - WP: T. Watson 7 FINAL
Colorado - LP: R. Brothers 5
Baltimore - WP: T. McFarland 3 FINAL
Seattle - LP: Y. Medina 2
San Diego - LP: E. Stults 3 FINAL
Atlanta - WP: M. Minor 8
Oakland - WP: S. Kazmir 9 FINAL
Texas - LP: M. Mikolas 3
Los Angeles - WP: H. Ryu 4 FINAL
San Francisco - LP: J. Peavy 3
FC Dallas 2 FINAL
Vancouver FC 2
Portland 3 FINAL
Montreal 2
Calgary 26 FINAL
Edmonton 22
Winnipeg 23 FINAL
Brt Columbia 6
Ottawa 23 FINAL
Hamilton 33
Toronto 9 FINAL
Saskatchewan 37
Minnesota 76 FINAL
Connecticut 65
Atlanta 67 FINAL
Washington 77
Chicago 69 FINAL
Tulsa 79
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: Should the Twins replace Ron Gardenhire?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close