SARASOTA, FLA. – The split-squad Twins team that made the trip to Orioles camp scored eight runs over the final two innings to rout Baltimore 9-2 Monday.
Danny Santana tripled in James Beresford in the eighth to tie the score at 2-2. The Twins then sent 11 batters to the plate in the ninth as they broke the game open. Wilkin Ramirez hit a three-run home run in the inning to make the score 6-2 and open the floodgates.
A year ago, Ramirez batted .404 in spring training and won a spot on the Twins’ Opening Day roster. Here he comes again, as Ramirez was 3-for-4 with four RBI. The veteran outfielder is off to a .571 start this spring.
Righthander Vance Worley pitched three shutout innings and attacked the strike zone, holding Baltimore to one hit. Darin Mastroianni robbed Nelson Cruz of a home run in the second inning when he reached up as he bumped into the outfield wall and grabbed the drive.
Santana hit two triples and had three RBI.
LA VELLE E. NEAL III