Play It Again

Twins 3, Orioles 2

April 04, 2007|By DAN CONNOLLY

Glove man

Miguel Tejada has been adamant that he still has enough range and ability to play shortstop. He made that point in the fourth inning when he made an impressive diving stop on a grounder up the middle. He flipped to second baseman Brian Roberts, who made a perfect throw to first for a double play.

Gutsy call

With Joe Mauer on third and the Twins up just 3-2 in the bottom of the eighth, Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo allowed lefty Jamie Walker to face left-handed slugger Justin Morneau, who just happened to be 6-for-14 against Walker with two homers. It was a curious decision, but it paid off. Walker stuck out Morneau. And then Chad Bradford got the next batter, Torii Hunter, to ground out.

Running wild

The Twins stole five bases yesterday, their most in a game since Aug. 21, 2001, at Kansas City. Four of those bases came against pitcher Daniel Cabrera, who had 11 bases stolen against him in 26 starts in 2006. All five thefts were of second base and were against catcher Alberto Castillo, whose contract was purchased Monday.

Huff hitting

New first baseman Aubrey Huff had two singles in three at-bats and walked in his other plate appearance. He was 2-for-4 Monday, giving him four hits in his first seven Orioles at-bats. He's had an RBI in each of his two starts.

Next up

The Orioles attempt to avoid a sweep in Minnesota today with Jaret Wright making his Orioles debut against Ramon Ortiz, who is making his Twins debut.

DAN CONNOLLY

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