Baltimore at Minnesota

W: C. Fien (1-0) L: T. Hunter (0-1)
HR: BAL - M. Wieters (5)   MIN - J. Willingham (3)

Twins 9, Orioles 5


FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - Nick Markakis joined his Baltimore teammates to play Tuesday, and that was a pleasant sight for the Orioles.

Markakis went 1 for 5 in his return to the lineup while Twins pitcher Liam Hendriks exited early after being struck in the hand by a line drive in Minnesota's 9-5 win over the Orioles.

Markakis was the designated hitter in his first exhibition game since March 1 after recovering from a herniated disk in his neck. The outfielder was limited to 104 games last season because of hand and thumb injuries.

"It was good," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "He didn't want to walk the last time. You could tell."

Showalter said he wanted to play Markakis in right field Wednesday.

"His legs felt good," Showalter said. "We'll see how it goes."

Durability had not been a concern for Markakis until last season. From 2007 to 2011, he played in at least 157 games every year. In 2012, he hit .298 with 13 homers and 54 RBIs.

Hendriks, still in the mix for the back end of Minnesota's rotation, gave up four hits and fanned two in 2 2-3 scoreless innings until a liner by Brian Roberts struck him in the pitching hand.

Hendriks had swelling in his right hand but said he expected to throw his normal bullpen session Thursday.

"I decided to stop it with my hand instead of my face," Hendriks said. "I had my hand in front of my glove that was in front of my face."

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he was relieved Hendriks did not get hurt worse.

"I'm glad it didn't hit him in the face, because that can get you killed," Gardenhire said. "But he'll be fine."

Hendriks, a native of Australia, was 1-8 with a 5.59 ERA last season in 16 big league starts. He has a 4.15 spring ERA after seven starts this year.

"It was just precautionary," Hendriks said. "I feel fine. The ball was coming out good. It was just one of those things where they took me out just in case it was something more serious. But the pitch count thing does stink a little bit."

Twins outfielders Aaron Hicks and Chris Parmelee, each set to win starting jobs on opening day, both got three hits and scored twice.

Nate McLouth got three hits and scored twice for Baltimore.

Orioles starting pitcher Kevin Gausman, the fourth overall pick in the 2012 draft out of LSU, struck out three and gave up three runs and six hits in 3 2-3 innings.

"He's pretty polished," Showalter said. "You can see why he was so coveted."

NOTES: The Orioles reassigned OF Lew Ford to minor league camp. ... RHP Steve Johnson's start on Thursday against Tampa Bay is in jeopardy due to lower back stiffness. ... Baltimore acquired RHP Jairo Asencio from Milwaukee for a player to be named. Asencio, who will not be added to the major league roster, has pitched in the systems of Atlanta, Cleveland and the Chicago Cubs. ... The Twins reassigned RHPs P.J. Walters and Samuel Deduno to minor league camp.

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Players of the Game

M. Wieters
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1

A. Hicks
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0

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Nick Markakis, DH5010014 .235
Brian Roberts, 2B3000003 .313
    Steve Pearce, RF2011000 .375
Adam Jones, CF2010100 .208
    Ryan Flaherty, 3B2000011 .229
Chris Davis, 1B3000003 .298
    Conor Jackson, 1B1000000 .320
Matt Wieters, C3111010 .421
    Chris Dickerson, CF1000010 .297
J.J. Hardy, SS2100110 .171
    Taylor Teagarden, C1010000 .333
Nate McLouth, LF3230000 .273
    Alexi Casilla, SS1000001 .298
Nolan Reimold, RF2011101 .256
    Buck Britton, 2B1000000 .231
Manny Machado, 3B3011000 .261
    Kyle Hudson, LF11100001.000
2B - Nate McLouth (6, Hendriks), Nolan Reimold (2, Fien)
HR - Matt Wieters (5, Fien)
RBI - Steve Pearce (16), Matt Wieters (14), Nolan Reimold (9), Manny Machado (1)
2-OUT RBI - Steve Pearce (7), Matt Wieters (5)
Team LOB - 7
E - Kevin Gausman (1, Missed catch of throw), Manny Machado (4, Misplayed grounder)
Baltimore Orioles
Kevin Gausman 3.2633030 3.94
Tommy Hunter (L,0-1) 1.1443011 4.76
Tyler Wilson 3522110 6.00
HBP - Willingham (by Tyler Wilson)
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Gausman 24-24, Tommy Hunter 15-12, Tyler Wilson 21-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Gausman 6-3, Tommy Hunter 2-2, Tyler Wilson 4-4
Batters Faced - Kevin Gausman 18, Tommy Hunter 9, Tyler Wilson 16
Minnesota Twins
Aaron Hicks, CF5232002 .379
Brian Dozier, 2B4011011 .276
    Harold Garcia, 2B1000000 .000
Josh Willingham, LF3111001 .333
    Daniel Ortiz, PR-LF1000002 .500
Justin Morneau, DH3110111 .267
   a- Trevor Plouffe, PH-DH1000000 .395
Ryan Doumit, C3111000 .265
    Dan Rohlfing, C1000000 .286
Miguel Sano, 3B5111003 .300
Chris Parmelee, 1B5231012 .295
Wilkin Ramirez, RF4132000 .444
Pedro Florimon, SS4010024 .216
a-flied out for Morneau in the 8th
2B - Ryan Doumit (1, Hunter), Chris Parmelee 2 (4, Gausman, Hunter), Wilkin Ramirez 2 (9, Gausman, Gausman)
3B - Aaron Hicks (1, Gausman)
HR - Josh Willingham (3, Hunter)
SF - Ryan Doumit (1)
RBI - Aaron Hicks 2 (18), Brian Dozier (8), Josh Willingham (6), Ryan Doumit (6), Miguel Sano (1), Chris Parmelee (3), Wilkin Ramirez 2 (5)
2-OUT RBI - Wilkin Ramirez (2)
SB - Pedro Florimon (3, 2nd base off Hunter/Wieters)
Team LOB - 10
Outfield Assists - Aaron Hicks 1
DP - Dozier-Florimon-Parmelee, Hicks-Dozier, Garcia-Florimon-Parmelee
E - Pedro Florimon (2, Misplayed grounder)
Minnesota Twins
Liam Hendriks 2.2400020 4.15
Alex Burnett 1.1121300 7.56
Casey Fien (BS,1; W,1-0) 2322001 6.10
Jared Burton (H,3) 1000010 3.12
Glen Perkins (H,3) 1100010 0.00
Mike O'Connor 1211010 9.00
WP - Mike O'Connor (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Liam Hendriks 15-15, Alex Burnett 18-6, Casey Fien 12-10, Jared Burton 5-5, Glen Perkins 5-5, Mike O'Connor 8-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Liam Hendriks 1-4, Alex Burnett 4-1, Jared Burton 1-1, Glen Perkins 1-0, Mike O'Connor 1-1
Batters Faced - Liam Hendriks 11, Alex Burnett 9, Casey Fien 8, Jared Burton 3, Glen Perkins 3, Mike O'Connor 5
Game Information
Attendance - 7739
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 60
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - David Soucy, Third Base - David Rackley