Twins' seven-run first dooms DuBose

Baseball

Twins 11, Orioles 3 : Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

March 28, 2005|By Roch Kubatko | Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF

The Minnesota Twins sent 10 batters to the plate in the first inning yesterday, taking advantage of some sloppy play by the Orioles and a poor performance from starter Eric DuBose, and coasted to an 11-3 victory.

Michael Restovich capped a seven-run first inning with a grand slam. His at-bat came after the first of two errors by Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada.

With the game still scoreless, the Orioles botched a rundown between third base and home that should have produced the second out. The next six batters reached on a single, double, single, error, homer and single.

DuBose got through the next two innings unscathed, but Michael Cuddyer hit a three-run homer off him in the fourth to give the Twins a 10-3 lead.

Nine of the 10 runs off DuBose were earned. He allowed 11 hits in four innings.

Sammy Sosa hit a two-run homer in the second inning and Larry Bigbie added a bases-empty shot in the third to account for the Orioles' scoring. Both players have three homers this spring.

Who's hot

B.J. Ryan: Take away one bad outing against the Washington Nationals, and this guy is untouchable.

Todd Williams: Still hasn't allowed a run this spring, but is there room in the bullpen?

Who's not

Eric DuBose: They must have a different strike zone in Alabama, too.

Miguel Tejada: The bat was solid, but the glove needed some caulk.

Injury report

Larry Bigbie returned to the lineup for the first time since being scratched from Tuesday's lineup with a strained muscle in his neck. ... Williams entered in the fifth inning after missing most of last week with a viral infection.

Orioles today Opponent: Florida Marlins

Site: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Time: 1:05 p.m.

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