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 postgame: Blasted by Baltimore

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: March 9, 2011 - 4:49 PM

Luke Hughes hit his third homer of the spring and might force the Twins to re-evaluate their bench corps (just wondering out loud) but the rest of the big hits belonged to Baltimore in a 11-2 rout at remodeled Ed Smith Stadium.

Twins lefthander Francisco Liriano was awful. He didn't have good stuff and didn't know where it was going,

``Just trying to do too much,'' he said. ``I know it's early in spring training but I feel like I'm trying too hard.''

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire thinks Liriano is trying to hard to catch up with the other starters in camp and should realize there's a natural progression.

Other stuff

Chris Parmelee is out with a sore left shoulder. That's going to lead to some interesting first base choices when Justin Morneau isn't playing.

Michael Cuddyer is making good progress in the post-wart removal stage of his recovery.

Delmon Young is expected to start in left field tomorrow against Toronto.

Anthony Slama is out with a stress reaction in his elbow. His joints allow him to practically hyperextend his elbow, which is where the discomfort is. Sounds like he'll need several days of rehab.

Game stuff

Denard Span singled to center and cued one down the left field line to go 2-for-3 and raise his average to .368. He was the only Twin with multiple hits on Wednesday.

Pitching coach Rick Anderson has been working with Jim Hoey to keep the ball down  ``Actually the ball was down,'' Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said, ``they were just whacking it.'' Hoey gave up three runs in the sixth, including a two-run home to Adam Jones. Hoey did hit 95 mph on the gun.

Span was charged with a fielding error in the second on Vlad Guerrero's fly ball but it was a tough error. Span ran a long way to get a glove on the ball and the wind had the flags stiff from right to left.

 

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