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.

Final123456789RHE
Chicago WSox «0013010005110
Minnesota000000020231
@Ballpark Replay
Preview | Matchup | Lineup | Log | Wrap | Box
W:H.Noesi(5-7) L:P.Hughes(10-7) S:J.Petricka (5)
HR: CWS- None MIN- D.Santana (3)

ADVERTISEMENT

Boston - LP: R. De La Rosa 0 FINAL
Toronto - WP: M. Stroman 8
San Francisco - LP: T. Hudson 1 FINAL
Philadelphia - WP: C. Hamels 2
Texas - LP: C. Lewis 2 FINAL
NY Yankees - WP: B. McCarthy 4
Houston - LP: S. Feldman 1 FINAL
Oakland - WP: J. Samardzija 13
Miami - WP: H. Alvarez 3 FINAL
Atlanta - LP: C. Kimbrel 2
San Diego - WP: T. Ross 13 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - LP: E. Jackson 3
NY Mets - LP: D. Gee 1 FINAL
Milwaukee - WP: M. Garza 9
Chicago WSox - WP: H. Noesi 5 FINAL
Minnesota - LP: P. Hughes 2
Cleveland 1 Bottom 12th Inning
Kansas City 1
Detroit 1 Bottom 5th Inning
LA Angels 3
Baltimore 4 Bottom 6th Inning
Seattle 0
Montreal 1 2nd Half 5:00
Real Salt Lake 2
Calgary 26 5:55
Edmonton 20
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
Toronto 8/1/14 6:00 PM
Montreal
Brt Columbia 8/1/14 9:00 PM
Calgary
Saskatchewan 8/2/14 6:00 PM
Ottawa
New York 73 4th Qtr 2:24
Seattle 74
Phoenix 64 3rd Qtr 7:50
Los Angeles 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: What's your outlook for the Twins' second half?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT