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Tampa Bay at Minnesota

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    Twins 7, Rays 3

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    FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau and Denard Span showed Saturday what made the Minnesota Twins division champions all those years.

    The three veterans went a combined 4 for 8 with two RBIs in a 7-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays, a positive sign for a trio whose injury struggles helped lead to last year's 99-loss debacle after Minnesota won six of the previous nine AL Central titles.

    "Joe looked at me and said, `Man, we've got a pretty good lineup when you put everybody in there,"' said Morneau, the 2006 AL MVP who has missed 174 games over the last two seasons with injuries ranging from his neck to his wrist to his knee to persistent concussion symptoms. "It's exciting. I woke up this morning, had a lot of adrenaline going, trying to calm myself down. At the same time, it's a good feeling to be able to run out there."

    No one was able to get a hit off David Price, though. The Rays ace looked impressive in the first inning, striking out Mauer and Morneau.

    "It's early. They've probably had four or five at-bats this entire spring training, so I don't take a whole lot away from that," Price said. "They're very good hitters. They're tough outs, so I was fortunate to get to strike three."

    Mauer, who hit a career-low .287 while playing in only 82 games last year due to injuries and illness, had an RBI single in his second at-bat, drawing a big cheer from the crowd.

    "I feel a big difference," Mauer said. "I've said all along that this spring is night and day compared to last year. I'm just trying to stay that way."

    Morneau followed with an RBI single of his own in the fifth inning.

    Span, who went 2 for 3, battled concussion and migraine symptoms throughout 2011. The outfielder also put his health to the test for the second time this week, diving for a catch only two days after crashing into a fence and busting his lip in a simulated game Thursday.

    "Yeah, I tell you, I'm trying to test this thing out, get everything out of the way, man," Span said. "I'm just crashing now, running into everything."

    New Twins shortstop Jamey Carroll also had a scare, taking Price's pitch off the helmet in his first at-bat. But he was able to shake it off and go to first base. The free-agent addition from the Dodgers went 2 for 3 in his first game with Minnesota.

    Matt Joyce hit a two-run homer off Twins starter Carl Pavano in the first inning. The drive over the right-field wall scored B.J. Upton, who had doubled.

    It was an encouraging sign for Joyce, whose fast start last year earned him a spot in the All-Star game before a shoulder injury dropped his batting average to .277 in the season's second half.

    "I think every year you have that mindset where you want to show everybody what you can do and grow as a player," Joyce said. "I think it may be a little different than years past in that (manager Joe Maddon) and the guys know what to expect from me, know what I'm capable of, so it takes a lot of pressure off you there."

    Healthy seasons from Mauer, Morneau and Span would certainly take some pressure off the Twins this year.

    "First day of spring training," manager Ron Gardenhire said with a shrug. "But like you and like everybody else, it's nice to see them out on the baseball field and playing and feeling good. Absolutely."

    Pavano, set to start on opening day, allowed three hits in two innings.

     
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    Tampa Bay Rays
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Desmond Jennings, LF2000010 .000
        Will Rhymes, 2B2000003 .000
    B.J. Upton, CF21200001.000
        Brandon Guyer, RF2000011 .000
    Ben Zobrist, 2B2000002 .000
        Jeff Salazar, CF2010010 .500
    Matt Joyce, RF2112001 .500
        Brad Coon, LF2000020 .000
    Jose Molina, C2000000 .000
        Chris Gimenez, C2110000 .500
    Jose Lobaton, DH2010000 .500
       a- Jesus Feliciano, PH-DH2010001 .500
    Juan Miranda, 1B2000011 .000
        Tim Beckham, SS1001000 .000
    Elliot Johnson, 3B2010001 .500
        Stephen Vogt, 1B2010012 .500
    Reid Brignac, SS2000001 .000
        Matt Mangini, 3B2000012 .000
    Totals3539308  
    a-singled for Lobaton in the 7th
    Batting
    2B - B.J. Upton (1, Pavano), Jeff Salazar (1, Perkins), Chris Gimenez (1, Swarzak)
    3B - B.J. Upton (1, Duensing)
    HR - Matt Joyce (1, Pavano)
    RBI - Matt Joyce 2 (2), Tim Beckham (1)
    2-OUT RBI - Matt Joyce 2 (2)
    CS - Jeff Salazar (1, 3rd base by Perkins/Butera)
    Team LOB - 6
    Fielding
    Outfield Assists - Brandon Guyer 1
    DP - Beckham-Vogt
    E - Will Rhymes (1, Throwing), Albert Suarez (1, Throwing)
    Tampa Bay Rays
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    David Price 1000020 0.00
    Chris Archer (H,1) 1000100 0.00
    Jhonny Nunez (H,1) 1211110 9.00
    Dane De La Rosa (H,1) 1100030 0.00
    Alex Colome (BS,1) 1311000 9.00
    Albert Suarez (L,0-1) 1232200 18.00
    Ricky Orta 1110200 0.00
    Wilking Rodriguez 1411020 9.00
    HBP - Carroll (by David Price)
    WP - Chris Archer (1)
    Pitches-Strikes - David Price 8-7, Chris Archer 10-5, Jhonny Nunez 11-7, Dane De La Rosa 10-10, Alex Colome 5-5, Albert Suarez 13-5, Ricky Orta 12-4, Wilking Rodriguez 10-10
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Price 1-0, Chris Archer 3-0, Jhonny Nunez 1-1, Alex Colome 1-1, Albert Suarez 2-1, Ricky Orta 2-1
    Batters Faced - David Price 4, Chris Archer 4, Jhonny Nunez 6, Dane De La Rosa 4, Alex Colome 5, Albert Suarez 7, Ricky Orta 6, Wilking Rodriguez 6
    Minnesota Twins
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Denard Span, CF3020000 .667
        Joe Benson, PR-CF1101010 .000
    Jamey Carroll, SS1000012 .000
        Tsuyoshi Nishioka, SS3120000 .667
    Joe Mauer, C2011011 .500
        Drew Butera, C2000002 .000
       a- Chris Herrmann, PH-C10110001.000
    Justin Morneau, 1B3011013 .333
        Chris Parmelee, PR-1B21200001.000
    Josh Willingham, RF3000003 .000
        Brian Dinkelman, RF10101001.000
    Ryan Doumit, DH2010110 .500
        Wilkin Ramirez, PR-DH2100012 .000
    Danny Valencia, 3B2010001 .500
        Sean Burroughs, 3B1100101 .000
    Trevor Plouffe, LF2000012 .000
        Matt Carson, LF0100200 .000
    Alexi Casilla, 2B1100111 .000
        Michael Hollimon, 2B2011002 .500
    Totals34713568  
    a-singled for Butera in the 8th
    Batting
    2B - Ryan Doumit (1, Suarez), Danny Valencia (1, De La Rosa)
    3B - Tsuyoshi Nishioka (1, W. Rodriguez)
    SF - Joe Benson (1)
    RBI - Joe Benson (1), Joe Mauer (1), Chris Herrmann (1), Justin Morneau (1), Michael Hollimon (1)
    2-OUT RBI - Justin Morneau (1)
    Team LOB - 11
    Minnesota Twins
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Carl Pavano 2322011 9.00
    Brian Duensing 2100010 0.00
    Matt Capps 1100000 0.00
    Glen Perkins (W,1-0) 1100010 0.00
    Alex Burnett (H,1) 1100010 0.00
    Matt Maloney (H,1) 1000030 0.00
    Anthony Swarzak 1211010 9.00
    HBP - Beckham (by Alex Burnett)
    Pitches-Strikes - Carl Pavano 15-12, Brian Duensing 9-9, Matt Capps 4-4, Glen Perkins 6-5, Alex Burnett 7-6, Matt Maloney 9-9, Anthony Swarzak 7-7
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carl Pavano 1-4, Brian Duensing 3-2, Matt Capps 3-0, Alex Burnett 1-1, Anthony Swarzak 2-0
    Batters Faced - Carl Pavano 9, Brian Duensing 7, Matt Capps 4, Glen Perkins 3, Alex Burnett 5, Matt Maloney 3, Anthony Swarzak 5
    Game Information
    Attendance - 6683
    Game Time - 2:57
    Temperature - 83
    Umpires - Home - Brian O'Nora, First Base - Tim Tschida, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Tim Timmons