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Minnesota at Tampa Bay

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Minnesota (10-7) «02010000126110
Tampa Bay (11-6)11001001004111

Twins 6, Rays 4(10)

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PORT CHARLOTTE (AP) - Sure, Desmond Jennings wants to see more pitches per at-bat. Yes, he'd like to take more walks this season. And maybe this is the year he finally masters the bunt.

But the Tampa Bay Rays center fielder and leadoff man sees his job as a simple one: get on base.

He did that two more times on a Monday night, but the Minnesota Twins rallied to tie it in the ninth then won it in the 10th inning, 6-4 Monday night.

Jennings scored the game's first run when he doubled to left-center in the first and came around on a double by Evan Longoria. Perhaps more impressive was Jennings' turn at plate leading off the bottom of the third. After failing to get down a bunt on the first pitch, he worked the count full before walking.

With six free passes in 25 plate appearances, Jennings has an on base percentage over .500.

"I'm just trying to swing at strikes," said Jennings, back in the lineup and at full speed after tweaking his ankle on the bases Saturday. "I'll take my walks all day. My goal is to get on base - do whatever I can to get on base and try to zone the pitcher in on balls over the plate."

Jennings was known for his plate discipline in the minor leagues and his early stints with the Rays. But he walked only 46 times last year and his on-base percentage plummeted to .314 in his first full season with the major league club.

That won't cut it for the top of the order. He knows he needs to find ways to get on base in front of bats like Longoria's. He'll even try a bunt now and then.

The new approach is working. He's not just walking but seeing better pitches to hit after working the count.

"I don't know, you just get caught up in the moment," said Jennings of his struggles to get on base consistently last season. "I was trying to do too much instead of just doing my job. I was just . wanting to be aggressive and swing at everything instead of zoning in."

Twins designated hitter Oswaldo Arcia appeared to have found the zone as well. He had two hits ans scored twice batting cleanup. Arcia, Minnesota's 2012 minor league player of the year, was playing only his second spring game while working back from a pulled intercostal muscle.

Ron Gardenhire wishes his young hitter saw a few more pitches like Jennings. But the Twins manager is otherwise encouraged.

"He's a swinger, but the kid can hit," Gardenhire said. "He generates bat speed and he's fun to watch up there. He's very intense. He doesn't look like he thinks anybody should get him out."

Minnesota scored the go-ahead runs when Clete Thomas led off the 10th with a double and scored when Ray Olmedo followed with a triple. Olmedo came home on a sacrifice fly.

NOTES: Vance Worley gave up two earned runs on five hits in four innings. An offseason acquisition from Philadelphia, Worley walked one and struck out two. He has an ERA of 5.63 this spring. . Luke Scott hit his first home run on a towering shot that just cleared the fence in left. . The Twins scored the tying runs in the top of the ninth when Joe Benson and Eric Fryer tripled to start the inning. Benson scored but Fryer was stranded at third.

 
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Players of the Game
Minnesota

O. Arcia
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
Tampa Bay

L. Scott
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Minnesota Twins
Aaron Hicks , CF3000010.371.378.800
Eduardo Escobar , 3B3010010.367.375.400
Jamey Carroll , 2B3010001.292.393.333
Oswaldo Arcia , DH4220020.286.375.429
Joe Benson , RF3210102.114.262.257
Jeff Clement , 1B3011023.222.300.259
Darin Mastroianni , CF1011000.412.450.588
Dan Rohlfing , C3000014.294.400.588
Brian Dozier , 2B4000004.226.314.323
Brandon Boggs , LF2010001.171.194.371
Clete Thomas , CF2110011.304.333.391
Ray Olmedo , SS2111000.375.375.583
Mark Sobolewski , 3B1001000.286.261.381
Eric Fryer , C2011011.429.375.857
Brian Dinkelman , 1B1000001.125.250.125
Totals3761151918  
BATTING
2B - O Arcia (1); C Thomas (2)
3B - J Benson (1); R Olmedo (2); E Fryer (1)
RBI - J Clement (4); D Mastroianni (3); R Olmedo (5); M Sobolewski (6); E Fryer (2)
SF - D Mastroianni (1); M Sobolewski (2)
BASERUNNING
SB - B Boggs (1)
CS - E Escobar (1)
Minnesota Twins
Vance Worley 4.05221215.63
Ryan Pressly 1.02111201.13
Tyler Robertson 1.00000205.68
Brian Duensing 1.00000103.00
Luis Perdomo 1.02110204.50
P.J. Walters (W,1-0) 2.02002300.00
Tampa Bay Rays
Desmond Jennings , CF2110101.412.583.529
Kelly Johnson , 2B2000112.174.296.217
Evan Longoria , 3B3022001.429.435.619
Matt Joyce , RF3000013.250.379.375
Yunel Escobar , SS3000011.308.321.500
Luke Scott , 1B3121000.357.400.714
a-Stephen Vogt , PH-DH2000013.273.273.364
Ryan Roberts , 3B3000021.261.280.609
James Loney , 1B2120000.296.321.333
Jose Lobaton , C2000012.222.286.222
  Mark Thomas , C2010000.222.222.556
Sean Rodriguez , 2B2000010.143.138.393
Wil Myers , RF1000100.269.333.423
Chris Gimenez , 1B2000022.458.462.667
Jason Bourgeois , CF2110000.333.455.389
Mike Fontenot , SS1000111.240.387.280
Brandon Guyer , LF2021000.333.412.400
Cole Figueroa , 3B2000012.368.429.526
Totals39411441219  
a-Grounded out for L Scott in the 8th.
BATTING
2B - D Jennings (2); E Longoria 2 (4); L Scott (2)
HR - L Scott (1)
RBI - E Longoria 2 (6); L Scott (2); B Guyer (1)
BASERUNNING
SB - J Bourgeois 2 (4)
Tampa Bay Rays
Roberto Hernandez 4.05320303.60
Jamey Wright 1.00000105.40
Kyle Farnsworth 1.01000100.00
Joel Peralta 1.01000100.00
Jake McGee 1.00000106.23
J.D. Martin (L,0-2) 1.04330006.00
Kirby Yates 1.00001200.00