Wigginton leads O's offense vs. Twins
Infielder goes 3-for-3 with an RBI; Zaun has two hits, RBI
TWINS 4, ORIOLES 3
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Wednesday, March 11
Twins at the plate: Denard Span and Alexi Casilla both singled in the first inning and came around to score. Michael Cuddyer had two doubles and a single, including a run-scoring shot in the first inning. Jason Kubel singled three times, and infielder Matt Macri drilled a two-run double in the seventh to put the Twins ahead.
Orioles at the plate: Matt Wieters singled in his first at-bat and scored on a one-out single by Gregg Zaun. Jolbert Cabrera drove home Baltimore's second run with a sacrifice fly to medium center field. Adam Jones reached base and stole third in the third inning, and he also doubled and scored on a single in the fifth. Ty Wigginton had three singles in three at-bats.Twins on the mound: Southpaw Glen Perkins worked three innings and worked out of a bases loaded jam in the third. Nick Blackburn pitched a scoreless inning and got a key double play in the fourth. Minnesota closer Joe Nathan allowed two hits and one earned run. Orioles on the mound: David Pauley got banged around for eight hits in the first two innings but managed to limit the damage. Pauley got a double play to escape a bases-loaded jam, and stranded a runner at third in the second. Relievers George Sherrill, Jamie Walker and Jim Johnson all pitched scoreless innings. Grapefruit League records: Twins: 8-3; Orioles: 7-6 Up next: The Orioles will stage an intrasquad scrimmage on Thursday and will send prospects Jake Arrieta, Brian Matusz and David Hernandez to the mound. Mark Hendrickson is also expected to pitch.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.