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Minnesota at Tampa Bay

Minnesota (13-13) «0102002106121
Tampa Bay (14-13)001300000471

Twins 6, Rays 4


PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) - David Price needs a little more time before opening day.

"I'm still searching right now," the Tampa Bay Rays ace said after Saturday's 6-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins.

The AL Cy Young Award winner gave up three runs - two earned - and nine hits in five innings. He had been hoping to pitch into the sixth.

"I feel fine. I feel good out there, and my stuff is good and good in the bullpen," Price said. "I really feel like last year it took me to my first start. That's when everything clicked for me. I'm still kind of waiting for that now."

Price was 20-5 with a 2.56 ERA last year,

"This last week I feel like I've hit a wall in spring training," he said. "I get out there on the mound, I just feel like blah."

Eduardo Escobar hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the seventh against Jim Palduch.

Jose Lobaton, trying to earn a backup catching job with the Rays, was 3 for 3 with a solo home run and raised his spring average to .257.

"I've been struggling all spring and been working hard in the cage," Lobaton said.

NOTES: Twins RHP Samuel Deduno will miss a few days after straining a groin at the WBC. ... Minnesota LHP Glen Perkins made his first spring training appearance since March 2. The Twins closer, who was on the U.S. team at the WBC, had appeared in two minor leagues games since returning to camp. ... Evan Longoria hit his eighth double. ... Rays reliever Joel Peralta turned 37. ... Rays RHP Kyle Farnsworth left as precaution when a comebacker ricocheted off his pitching hand. ... The Rays released OF Jack Cust and sent RHPs Dane De La Rosa and Kirby Yates, OF Rich Thompson and INFs Leslie Anderson and Cole Figueroa to their minor league camp.

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Players of the Game

E. Escobar
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
Tampa Bay

J. Lobaton
AB 3
R 1
H 3
HR 1

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Minnesota Twins
Aaron Hicks, CF3011200 .304
    Brandon Boggs, CF1000010 .204
Brian Dozier, 2B3010101 .240
    Nathan Hanson, 3B1000013 .000
Josh Willingham, DH4000026 .333
   a- Jeff Clement, PH-DH1000000 .216
Ryan Doumit, C4010023 .256
    Drew Butera, PR-C1210000 .357
Wilkin Ramirez, LF3120010 .425
    Chris Colabello, 1B1111100 .333
Darin Mastroianni, RF4000022 .364
Dan Rohlfing, 1B-LF5121036 .308
Eduardo Escobar, 3B-2B5122003 .313
Pedro Florimon, SS2010100 .227
    Jason Christian, SS2000022 .000
a-popped out for Willingham in the 8th
2B - Drew Butera (2, Farnsworth), Wilkin Ramirez (7, Price)
RBI - Aaron Hicks (15), Chris Colabello (4), Dan Rohlfing (4), Eduardo Escobar 2 (5)
2-OUT RBI - Aaron Hicks (2)
SB - Brian Dozier (2, 2nd base off Price/Lobaton), Wilkin Ramirez (2, 2nd base off Price/Lobaton), Eduardo Escobar (1, 2nd base off Paduch/Lobaton)
Team LOB - 13
DP - Florimon-Dozier-Rohlfing, Dozier-Florimon-Rohlfing, Christian-Colabello
E - Aaron Hicks (2, Misplayed grounder)
Minnesota Twins
Kevin Correia 4.2543321 6.30
Tim Wood (W,2-1) 1.1100010 4.91
Glen Perkins (H,2) 1100010 0.00
Alex Burnett (H,2) 1000000 7.71
Casey Fien (S,1) 1000020 5.40
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Correia 33-21, Tim Wood 7-7, Glen Perkins 5-5, Alex Burnett 3-3, Casey Fien 7-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Correia 6-4, Tim Wood 1-2, Glen Perkins 1-0, Alex Burnett 3-0, Casey Fien 1-0
Batters Faced - Kevin Correia 20, Tim Wood 5, Glen Perkins 3, Alex Burnett 3, Casey Fien 3
Tampa Bay Rays
Desmond Jennings, CF3000001 .268
    Sean Rodriguez, RF1000010 .174
Ben Zobrist, RF3000011 .207
    Leslie Anderson, LF1000000 .396
Matt Joyce, LF3000011 .244
    Jason Bourgeois, CF1000000 .267
Evan Longoria, 3B2110100 .395
    Shelley Duncan, 1B1000000 .205
Luke Scott, DH2000100 .324
   a- Ryan Roberts, PH-DH1000010 .163
Yunel Escobar, SS3121012 .256
    Mike Fontenot, 3B1000010 .175
James Loney, 1B3111002 .256
    Cole Figueroa, SS1000000 .313
Jose Lobaton, C3131000 .257
    Joey Rickard, PR0000000 .000
    Chris Gimenez, C0000000 .378
Kelly Johnson, 2B2000102 .119
    Reid Redman, 2B0000000 .000
a-struck out for Scott in the 9th
2B - Evan Longoria (8, Correia), Yunel Escobar (3, Correia), James Loney (2, Correia)
HR - Jose Lobaton (1, Correia)
RBI - Yunel Escobar (8), James Loney (4), Jose Lobaton (5)
Team LOB - 3
DP - Longoria-Johnson-Loney
E - Evan Longoria (1, Misplayed grounder)
Tampa Bay Rays
David Price 5932270 2.77
Jim Paduch (BS,1; L,1-1) 2122340 5.40
Kyle Farnsworth 0.1211000 1.69
Cesar Ramos 0.2000010 2.70
Kenneth Kelly 1000020 0.00
HBP - Mastroianni (by Jim Paduch)
WP - Jim Paduch (1)
Pitches-Strikes - David Price 47-38, Jim Paduch 29-16, Kyle Farnsworth 3-3, Cesar Ramos 4-4, Kenneth Kelly 7-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Price 6-2, Jim Paduch 1-2, Kenneth Kelly 1-0
Batters Faced - David Price 26, Jim Paduch 12, Kyle Farnsworth 3, Cesar Ramos 2, Kenneth Kelly 3
Game Information
Attendance - 5073
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - David Rackley, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - Travis Carlson, Third Base - Chad Whitson