Minnesota at Philadelphia

W: L. Perdomo (1-0) L: Z. Miner (1-1)
HR: MIN - A. Hicks (2),D. Rohlfing (1),A. Hicks (3),A. Hicks (4)   PHI - None

Twins 10, Phillies 6


CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - Aaron Hicks made a pretty strong case that he should be the Twins' starting center fielder.

He homered three times and helped the Twins to a 10-6 victory against the Phillies on a windy Thursday. He now has five home runs in his last three games.

"Wow, what do you say? Play the elements," Twins manager Rod Gardenhire said. "Wind's blowing out, and he hit `em out where the wind's blowing. Pretty fun day. You don't see that too many times."

Hicks hit homers in the first, fifth and seventh innings, the first coming on the second pitch of the game from Phillies starter Cliff Lee. He went 4 for 5 in the game with six RBIs.

"He had a pretty good day," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "Mother Nature kind of helped him though."

Hicks came up in the eighth inning with a chance at four homers, but instead laced a broken-bat, two-RBI single to center.

"Of course I wanted to go for the fourth one," Hicks said. "I had two pitches to do it on, missed both of them. Got a changeup, broken-bat base hit. Died a hero but got two runs in."

Hicks said the last time he hit three home runs was in high school.

Lee pitched 3 2-3 innings, gave up two runs, four hits and struck out five in his third appearance of spring training.

"I feel good," Lee said. "I feel strong. I felt like I could keep going, but I don't know what my pitch count was."

The Phillies held a steady lead for most of the contest, leading 6-3 as late as the sixth inning. Hicks' solo homer in the seventh, along with a run scored on Zach Miner's wild pitch, narrowed the lead to one before the five-run outburst in the eighth.

Miner took most of the shelling, allowing five of the Twins' 10 runs in his inning of work. Miner, who signed a minor-league contract with the Phillies with a non-roster invite to spring training, allowed three hits and walked two.

Darin Ruf, who has struggled most of the spring, led the Phillies at the plate with a 2 for 4 effort. His double in the second inning plated two in the second inning, and his single an inning later scored another run.

Coming into the contest, Ruf, who is battling for a starting outfield job, was 3 for 28 this spring.

"Hopefully that gets him going," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "Ruf is a good hitter. I don't worry about him going 3 for 30 or something. He might be trying a little hard. At the same time, he's all right."

Dan Rohlfing also homered for the Twins, a solo shot off Lee.

NOTES: Manuel said Ryan Howard will have Friday's game at the Rays off. Howard has started 14 games in 14 days before that...Hicks will play again Friday, as the Twins play the Red Sox...Jonathan Papelbon was scratched from his outing tomorrow, as he is still dealing a lingering illness.

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Players of the Game

A. Hicks
AB 5
R 4
H 4
HR 3

D. Ruf
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0

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Mark Sobolewski, 3B5000030 .313
Brian Dinkelman, RF-1B5000001 .118
Wilkin Ramirez, LF5130010 .364
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    Kyle Knudson, C2000014 .333
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RBI - Aaron Hicks 6 (12), Dan Rohlfing (2), Daniel Santana (2)
SB - Aaron Hicks (1, 2nd base off Savery/Kratz), Daniel Santana (1, 2nd base off Miner/Kratz)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Florimon-Dozier-Rohlfing, Dozier-Dinkelman
Minnesota Twins
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Ryan Pressly 1.2100000 0.00
Pedro Hernandez 2300000 0.00
Luis Perdomo (W,1-0) 2100120 3.60
Tim Wood 1000030 7.94
WP - Kyle Gibson 3 (4)
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Batters Faced - Kyle Gibson 16, Ryan Pressly 5, Pedro Hernandez 8, Luis Perdomo 7, Tim Wood 3
Philadelphia Phillies
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    Michael Martinez, CF1000010 .222
Freddy Galvis, SS5110013 .259
Chase Utley, 2B3001101 .235
    Cesar Hernandez, 2B1000010 .200
Ryan Howard, 1B3010010 .364
    Josh Fields, 1B1000011 .176
Michael Young, 3B3220001 .310
    Kevin Frandsen, 3B1000001 .348
Domonic Brown, LF4120000 .400
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John Mayberry Jr., RF3120100 .281
Erik Kratz, C4021013 .200
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3B - Freddy Galvis (1, Gibson)
RBI - Ben Revere (2), Chase Utley (3), Darin Ruf 3 (6), Erik Kratz (3)
CS - Ben Revere (1, 2nd base by Pressly/Herrmann)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Savery-Galvis-Fields
E - Josh Fields (1, Misplayed grounder)
Philadelphia Phillies
Cliff Lee 3.2422152 5.19
Jeremy Horst (H,1) 1.1111121 14.40
Raul Valdes (H,2) 1.1222141 7.36
Kyle Simon (H,1) 0.2000010 3.86
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WP - Raul Valdes (1), Zach Miner (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Cliff Lee 35-28, Jeremy Horst 14-9, Raul Valdes 21-14, Kyle Simon 4-4, Zach Miner 16-6, Joe Savery 8-7
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Game Information
Attendance - 6972
Game Time - 3:09
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Mark Carlson, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Toby Basner