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    SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - Wei-Yin Chen looked totally at ease in his new surroundings.

    Chen made a neat exhibition debut, pitching two scoreless innings for the Baltimore Orioles in a 6-0 win Wednesday over the Minnesota Twins.

    Chen, a native of Taiwan, pitched in Japan the last four seasons. He retired the Twins in order in the first and, after giving up a leadoff single to Aaron Bates in the second, struck out Brian Dinkelman, Sean Burroughs and Ben Revere.

    "I think the most important thing is the Twins' batters don't know me. That's why I can strike out three guys in a row," Chen said through a translator.

    Chen signed a three-year, $11.3 million contract in January, and had worked on the Ed Smith Stadium mound once before - on Saturday - when his intrasquad stint had to be halted after he threw 31 pitches to five batters. After that game, he said he was still getting accustomed to the size of the mound and ball in the United States.

    He was much more economical in this outing, and he credited catcher Matt Wieters.

    "The last time I don't feel comfortable on the mound. But today, I adjusted a lot and I felt comfortable throwing the ball to Matt," Chen said.

    Eighty percent of his pitches were fastballs, the left-hander estimated, and his biggest surprise was that five of the seven batters he faced swung lefty - and he said he didn't know who any of them were.

    Chen was thrilled to pitch in front of a live crowd.

    "I'm still a human being. I'm still nervous the first time. This time I felt much better because this was the second time I was on the mound," he said.

    Armando Galarraga, trying to make the Orioles as a non-roster pitcher, followed Chen and threw two scoreless innings.

    In his second spring start, Carl Pavano allowed a run and six hits in three innings. In five innings, Pavano has given up three runs and nine hits.

    Pavano had a scary moment in the second. Baltimore's Mark Reynolds tried to steal second, and Twins catcher Drew Butera's throw hit a bent-over Pavano in the left forearm.

    Manager Ron Gardenhire trotted out to the mound to check on Pavano, but the veteran pitcher insisted he was fine.

    "I didn't know we were working on me being the cutoff down to second," Pavano joked.

    "I had some funny things to say to (Butera). He's never going to live that one down. If that would have hit me in the elbow, it would have been ugly. It's tough to pitch with a broken left elbow."

    Gardenhire, who often finds lots to joke about, told Butera: "We would have had him if Carl hadn't tried to block it."

    Robert Andino and Adam Jones had RBI singles for Baltimore. Jai Miller had a three-run double.

    NOTES: Baltimore 2B Brian Roberts said he's progressing in his recovery from a May concussion. He's fielding ground balls and taking batting practice, but isn't sure when he'll be able to play in a game. "I look at today - that's it," Roberts said. ... Orioles minor league C Mike Ohlman injured his right shoulder when his truck was sideswiped by a car shortly after leaving the team's training complex on Tuesday. Ohlman said he wasn't hurt seriously, and was scheduled for an MRI exam on Wednesday afternoon. ... Twins 1B Justin Morneau played in a "B" game in Fort Myers, and plans to play Thursday against Tampa Bay - his first action in consecutive games. Nick Blackburn pitched two scoreless innings in that 4-1 loss to Boston.

     
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    Minnesota Twins
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Denard Span, CF3010001 .500
        Darin Mastroianni, CF1000002 .250
    Tsuyoshi Nishioka, 2B3000002 .214
        Ray Chang, 2B1000000 .500
    Josh Willingham, RF2000100 .167
        Oswaldo Arcia, RF1000000 .000
    Aaron Bates, 1B3010101 .286
    Brian Dinkelman, DH3010012 .273
       a- Danny Rams, PH-DH1000000 .000
    Sean Burroughs, 3B3000013 .111
        Steve Pearce, 3B1010000 .111
    Ben Revere, LF2000013 .375
        Rene Tosoni, LF2010001 .167
    Drew Butera, C2010000 .143
        Danny Lehmann, C0000100 .000
    Pedro Florimon, SS3000003 .000
       b- Brian Dozier, PH1000002 .167
    Totals3206033  
    a-grounded out for Dinkelman in the 9th
    b-hit into fielder's choice for Florimon in the 9th
    Fielding
    Outfield Assists - Rene Tosoni 1
    DP - Nishioka-Florimon-Bates, Florimon-Bates
    Minnesota Twins
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Carl Pavano (L,0-1) 3611120 5.40
    Alex Burnett 1211200 4.50
    Jared Burton 1000010 0.00
    Luis Perdomo 1100100 4.50
    Esmerling Vasquez 1000000 0.00
    Jason Bulger 0.2444110 81.00
    Casey Fien 0.1000000 0.00
    HBP - Antonelli (by Jason Bulger)
    Pitches-Strikes - Carl Pavano 24-20, Alex Burnett 12-4, Jared Burton 5-5, Luis Perdomo 7-3, Esmerling Vasquez 3-3, Jason Bulger 12-7, Casey Fien 1-1
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carl Pavano 2-5, Alex Burnett 2-0, Jared Burton 1-1, Luis Perdomo 2-0, Esmerling Vasquez 2-1
    Batters Faced - Carl Pavano 16, Alex Burnett 6, Jared Burton 3, Luis Perdomo 4, Esmerling Vasquez 3, Jason Bulger 7, Casey Fien 1
    Baltimore Orioles
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Endy Chavez, RF2120100 .375
        Jai Miller, RF-LF1013100 .250
    J.J. Hardy, SS3010004 .400
        Ryan Flaherty, 3B2000012 .333
    Adam Jones, CF3011001 .333
        Steve Tolleson, SS2010000 .200
    Chris Davis, 1B3010003 .500
        Joe Mahoney, 1B2000001 .200
    Matt Wieters, C3010010 .200
        Brian Ward, C1000000 .000
    Mark Reynolds, 3B3110012 .200
        Xavier Avery, CF1110000 .375
    Wilson Betemit, DH2000102 .143
       a- Josh Bell, PH-DH0100100 .143
    Nolan Reimold, LF2010112 .200
        Matt Antonelli, 2B0100000 .500
    Robert Andino, 2B3011002 .200
        Scott Beerer, RF1111000 .500
    Totals34613654  
    a-walked for Betemit in the 8th
    Batting
    2B - Endy Chavez (1, Pavano), Jai Miller (1, Bulger)
    RBI - Jai Miller 3 (3), Adam Jones (1), Robert Andino (1), Scott Beerer (1)
    2-OUT RBI - Adam Jones (1), Robert Andino (1)
    SB - Mark Reynolds (1, 2nd base off Pavano/Butera), Xavier Avery (1, 2nd base off Bulger/Lehmann)
    Team LOB - 10
    Fielding
    DP - Andino-Mahoney
    Baltimore Orioles
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Wei-Yin Chen (W,1-0) 2100030 0.00
    Armando Galarraga (H,1) 2200100 0.00
    Luis Ayala (H,1) 1100000 0.00
    Matt Lindstrom (H,1) 1000100 9.00
    Steve Johnson (H,1) 1100000 0.00
    Stuart Pomeranz (H,1) 1000000 0.00
    Oscar Villarreal 1100100 0.00
    HBP - Lehmann (by Steve Johnson)
    Pitches-Strikes - Wei-Yin Chen 14-14, Armando Galarraga 12-8, Luis Ayala 4-4, Matt Lindstrom 6-2, Steve Johnson 5-4, Stuart Pomeranz 3-3, Oscar Villarreal 8-4
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wei-Yin Chen 1-2, Luis Ayala 2-1, Matt Lindstrom 2-0, Stuart Pomeranz 1-2, Oscar Villarreal 2-1
    Batters Faced - Wei-Yin Chen 7, Armando Galarraga 9, Luis Ayala 4, Matt Lindstrom 3, Steve Johnson 5, Stuart Pomeranz 3, Oscar Villarreal 5
    Game Information
    Attendance - 5080
    Game Time - 2:43
    Temperature - 81
    Umpires - Home - Manny Gonzalez, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - Bill Welke