Huff homers in loss to Twins
Hendrickson gives up two runs in three innings of work
TWINS 5, ORIOLES 3
at Fort Myers, Fla.
Monday, March 16
Orioles at the plate: Carlos Rojas drove in Baltimore's first run in the third inning with an RBI single to right field. Aubrey Huff belted his first homer of the spring, a solo shot to right field in the seventh off Twins right-hander Armando Gabino.
Twins at the plate: Third baseman Joe Crede belted his first home run since signing with Minnesota, a two-run shot to left field in the third inning. It was part of a 3-for-3 day for Crede, who singled in the first and doubled in the fifth. Mike Redmond added an RBI double to center in the fourth. Denard Span went 2-for-3 with a triple to right field while leading off the fifth.
Orioles on the mound: Right-hander Mark Hendrickson was given the start on Monday and pitched three innings, allowing two runs on five hits. David Pauley, who had originally been slated as the starter, followed Hendrickson and pitched 1 2/3 innings while allowing two runs on four hits and striking out one.Twins on the mound: In his first Grapefruit League start, Philip Humber pitched two scoreless innings. He did not allow a hit and struck out two in the outing. He allowed only one Oriole to reach base, on a throwing error by Crede. Rule 5 Draft pick Jason Jones gave up one run on four hits over two innings. Jesse Crain and Craig Breslow each pitched a scoreless inning. Grapefruit League records: Twins 9-7; Orioles 9-9 Up next: The Twins will travel across town on Tuesday to play the Boston Red Sox in a 1:05 p.m. ET start. Right-hander Scott Baker will take the mound for Minnesota as he faces Boston righty Josh Beckett. Matt Guerrier and Jose Mijares are also scheduled to pitch for the Twins. The Orioles have an off-day on Tuesday before they host the Cardinals on Wednesday. Right-hander Adam Eaton gets the start for Baltimore against St. Louis righty Kyle McClellan in a 1:05 p.m. ET game.
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.