SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - Brian Matusz and Francisco Liriano apparently don't need much more work on their strikeout pitches.
Matusz fanned eight in 4 2-3 innings for Baltimore, and Liriano struck out seven in five innings to help the Minnesota Twins beat the Orioles 3-2 Friday night.
Matt Tolbert had three hits and accounted for the only run off Matusz with his first spring homer, a shot to left-center with one out in the third. Steve Holm and Jason Repko doubled off Matusz, who projects as the Orioles' No. 2 starter this season.
The left-hander has 13 strikeouts in 12 1-3 innings this spring. He scattered six hits and didn't walk a batter.
"I just had a good rhythm today," Matusz said. "I had a good rhythm and a good delivery. And that's the ultimate goal, to get in that rhythm so you're ready for the season. Today was the first time out there I really had that this spring and it felt good."
Baltimore manager Buck Showalter removed Matusz after 80 pitches, including 54 strikes.
"He pitched pretty effective," Showalter said. "I'd like to have seen him get through the fifth inning. He wasn't very pitch efficient, but his stuff was good. ... Eighty pitches in four and something, he's going to have to get better at that."
Liriano allowed one run and three hits, walking one.
"Tonight, I felt like I was staying back and hitting my spots. Everything was working," the left-hander said.
Liriano was making his third start of the spring, and his second against the Orioles. He made his debut against them March 9 and was charged with five earned runs (six total) and five hits, with three walks, in 1 2-3 innings. He blanked the Philadelphia Phillies on four hits over three innings on March 13.
Liriano pitched in a "B" game before his first start against the Orioles.
"He threw the ball great," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He overanalyzes and wants to be perfect, but the ball was really coming out of his hand."
Twins designated hitter Jeff Bailey looped a two-out, two-run single into right field off Jason Berken in the seventh for a 3-1 lead.
Trevor Plouffe and Tolbert singled to spark the rally, and Tolbert raced to second on left fielder Luke Scott's throw to third base. Scott's poor decision put two runners in scoring position for Bailey.
Scott hit an RBI double in the seventh off Twins closer Joe Nathan after Mark Reynolds reached on an error. Scott was 2 for 32 with one RBI before the at-bat.
NOTES: Orioles 1B Derrek Lee is scheduled to make his spring debut Saturday against the Phillies in Sarasota. Lee took batting practice before Friday night's game and didn't report any soreness in his right wrist. He had been restricted to soft toss and hitting off a tee while waiting for the inflammation in his wrist to clear out. ... Orioles 2B Brian Roberts also took batting practice Friday. Roberts hasn't played since March 7 because of back spasms. ... Baltimore C Craig Tatum was cleared to resume full baseball activities after being shut down with a sore right oblique.
|Denard Span, CF||4||0||1||0||0||3||1||.371|
|Ben Revere, CF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.205|
|Matt Tolbert, SS||5||2||3||1||0||1||0||.281|
|Justin Morneau, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||2||3||.000|
|Steven Liddle, 1B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jeff Bailey, DH||3||0||1||2||0||1||1||.259|
|Luke Hughes, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||1||4||.341|
|Steve Singleton, 3B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.500|
|Brian Dinkelman, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.083|
|Jason Repko, RF||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.179|
|Steve Holm, C||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.429|
|Danny Lehmann, C||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Trevor Plouffe, 2B||3||1||1||0||0||0||2||.206|
|Chase Lambin, 2B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.313|
|2B - Jason Repko (4, Matusz), Steve Holm (2, Matusz)|
|HR - Matt Tolbert (1, Matusz)|
|RBI - Matt Tolbert (2), Jeff Bailey 2 (6)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jeff Bailey 2 (3)|
|SB - Denard Span (4, 2nd base off Matusz/Wieters)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|E - Steve Singleton (1, Throwing), Matt Tolbert (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|Jose Mijares (W,1-0)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.45|
|Joe Nathan (H,3)||1||1||1||0||0||1||0||8.53|
|Alex Burnett (H,2)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||4.50|
|Glen Perkins (S,1)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||2.25|
|Pitches-Strikes - Francisco Liriano 36-32, Jose Mijares 3-3, Joe Nathan 7-7, Alex Burnett 8-8, Glen Perkins 7-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Francisco Liriano 5-3, Jose Mijares 1-2, Joe Nathan 3-0, Alex Burnett 2-0, Glen Perkins 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Francisco Liriano 19, Jose Mijares 3, Joe Nathan 5, Alex Burnett 4, Glen Perkins 3|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.306|
|Felix Pie, CF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.205|
|Nick Markakis, RF||3||1||1||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Nolan Reimold, RF-LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.325|
|Adam Jones, CF||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.256|
|Robert Andino, 2B||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.243|
|Vladimir Guerrero, DH||3||0||2||1||0||0||0||.289|
|a- Ryan Adams, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.500|
|Mark Reynolds, 3B||3||1||0||0||0||2||2||.189|
|Brendan Harris, SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.231|
|Luke Scott, LF||3||0||1||1||0||1||2||.091|
|Nick Green, PR-RF||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.111|
|Jake Fox, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.333|
|Brandon Snyder, 1B||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.343|
|Matt Wieters, C||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.270|
|Josh Bell, 3B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.225|
|Cesar Izturis, 2B-SS||2||0||0||0||1||1||1||.167|
|Michel Hernandez, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.500|
|a-struck out for Guerrero in the 8th|
|2B - Nick Markakis (3, Liriano), Luke Scott (2, Nathan)|
|RBI - Vladimir Guerrero (9), Luke Scott (2)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Jason Berken (L,0-1)||3||3||2||2||0||2||0||5.00|
|HBP - Bailey (by Alberto Castillo)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Brian Matusz 36-36, Alberto Castillo 8-3, Jason Berken 16-16, Chris Jakubauskas 3-3|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Matusz 3-3, Jason Berken 2-5, Chris Jakubauskas 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Brian Matusz 20, Alberto Castillo 3, Jason Berken 12, Chris Jakubauskas 3|
|Attendance - 8168|
|Game Time - 2:30|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Manny Gonzalez, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Chad Fairchild|