Twins 11, Orioles 1

Twins pound Hentgen, Daal to end streak

March 05, 2003|By Joe Christensen

The Minnesota Twins brought a skeleton squad to Fort Lauderdale Stadium and still broke the Orioles' four-game winning streak, blistering Pat Hentgen for five runs in three innings. Hentgen, making his second start of the spring, gave up a pair of two-run homers. Omar Daal, another pitcher projected for the Orioles' starting rotation, allowed three runs on five hits in three innings of relief. Todd Sears, Michael Restovich and Jose Morban each hit home runs for the Twins, who did not bring Torii Hunter, Corey Koskie, A.J. Pierzynski, Doug Mientkiewicz or Cristian Guzman on the trip. Rick Reed, J.C. Romero and three other Twins pitchers held the Orioles to seven hits. B.J. Surhoff drove home the Orioles' only run with a second-inning single.

Who's hot

B.J. Surhoff: At least one hit in every game he's played this spring.

Tony Batista: Now, if the Orioles could just keep him out of Melvin Mora's ear.

Larry Bigbie: Crushed ball to opposite field for an eighth-inning out.

Who's not

Pat Hentgen: Orioles just glad he's icing ankle, not elbow.

Omar Daal: Brilliant in debut; shaky in this encore.

Jeff Conine: Hitting .111 and putting batting helmets on the endangered species list.

Injury report

Hentgen took a line drive off his right leg, just above his right ankle, when Matthew LeCroy hit a first-inning smash back to the mound. Hentgen iced his ankle after the game but said he was fine. ... The Orioles sent backup catcher Brook Fordyce to see a doctor yesterday, to check on a potential virus associated with his sore throat. He has yet to play in an exhibition game. ... Starting pitcher John Stephens, who was scratched from Monday's game because of a pulled groin, practiced yesterday.

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