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Pelfrey sharp for Twins against Orioles


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FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Mike Pelfrey struck out four in three scoreless innings and the Minnesota Twins beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-1 on Tuesday.

Pelfrey allowed just two hits and first baseman Joe Mauer went 2 for 3 with an RBI, raising his spring average to .306. Trevor Plouffe went 2 for 3 with an RBI and scored a run.

Steve Clevenger, who will be Baltimore's backup catcher, started and went 3 for 3, scoring his team's lone run. He is hitting .484 this spring.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire used three potential starting pitchers against the Orioles a day after a rainout. Kyle Gibson pitched three shutout innings, striking out one and giving up two hits. Scott Diamond gave up one run off two hits while striking out one in three innings.

Gibson and Diamond are competing for the Twins' fifth rotation spot.

STARTING TIME

Orioles: Bud Norris, in line to be Baltimore's fourth or fifth starting pitcher, struck out two, walked one and gave up two earned runs and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings.

''A little windy, so you really have to control your body out there,'' Norris said. ''I felt I did a really good job of pounding the strike zone. Steve called a great game. We're on the same page.''

Twins: Pelfrey has had a strong spring in his second season removed from Tommy John surgery and has one more start remaining before the Twins head north. He had a 5-13 record with a 5.19 ERA in 29 starts last season, a predictably up-and-down performance in his first year back from elbow surgery.

''Everybody always says that the second year is the year,'' Pelfrey said. ''Hopefully I have a good year this year. I think maybe I probably did too much trying to come back last year.''

CAMP COMPETITION

Twins starting pitchers Scott Diamond and Kyle Gibson have been competing for the fifth and final spot in Minnesota's rotation. Gibson, a first-round draft pick out of Missouri in 2009, appeared to get the upper hand Tuesday, striking out one in three scoreless innings to lower his spring ERA to 2.20.

Gibson had a 2-4 record with a 5.63 ERA in 10 starts last season, his first coming back from Tommy John surgery.

''Gibby's been great,'' Gardenhire said. ''He has been great all through camp. I haven't seen any problems with the young man. The ball is coming out of his hand really nice.''

Diamond gave up one run off two hits and struck out one in three innings and has a 5.29 ERA this spring. The left-hander went 6-13 with a 5.43 ERA in 24 starts last season.

Gibson said his confidence has increased from a year ago.

''Competition makes everybody better,'' Gibson said. ''We're all good friends, and we all enjoy being teammates. At the end of the day, we also know there's not enough room for everybody. That's just kind of the reality of the business side of it. I've always just wanted to throw the ball well and make the decision difficult for the front office.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Baltimore infielder Michael Almanzar, a Rule 5 draft pick from the Boston Red Sox, has patella tendinitis in his left knee and might start the season on the disabled list, manager Buck Showalter said.

LOCKED IN: Baltimore lefty Wei-Yin Chen will start the season's third game against Boston on April 3. The left-hander is 1-1 with a 6.39 ERA in four outings this spring.

Showalter also said he informed infielder Ryan Flaherty that he has made the big league club. Flaherty has hit .310 with two home runs and six RBIs in 16 spring training games.

 
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Players of the Game
Minnesota

T. Plouffe
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Baltimore

S. Clevenger
AB 3
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
David Lough, CF4000011 .257
   Quintin Berry, CF0000000 .229
Stephen Lombardozzi, 2B4000010 .209
Henry Urrutia, RF4000010 .256
Delmon Young, LF4010010 .286
Steve Clevenger, C3130000 .484
Nolan Reimold, DH3010012 .263
Ryan Flaherty, 3B3000003 .289
Steve Pearce, 1B2011010 .277
   Chad Tracy, 1B0000000 .000
Alexi Casilla, SS3000002 .158
   Jonathan Schoop, SS0000000 .400
Bud Norris, P0000000 .000
   Zach Britton, P0000000 .000
   Tommy Hunter, P0000000 .000
   Brad Brach, P0000000 .000
Totals3016106  
Batting
SF - Steve Pearce (1)
RBI - Steve Pearce (5)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Lombardozzi-Casilla-Pearce
E - Alexi Casilla (1, Misplayed grounder)
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Bud Norris (L,1-2) 5.1732120 2.65
Zach Britton 0.2000010 0.87
Tommy Hunter 1311010 3.86
Brad Brach 1000000 2.16
Pitches-Strikes - Bud Norris 32-27, Zach Britton 4-4, Tommy Hunter 8-8, Brad Brach 3-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bud Norris 6-8, Zach Britton 1-0, Tommy Hunter 1-1, Brad Brach 1-2
Batters Faced - Bud Norris 24, Zach Britton 2, Tommy Hunter 6, Brad Brach 3
Minnesota Twins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brian Dozier, 2B3110000 .277
   Eduardo Escobar, 2B1000010 .297
Kurt Suzuki, C3000001 .212
   Josmil Pinto, C1110000 .318
Joe Mauer, 1B3021000 .306
   Chris Colabello, 1B1011000 .351
Josh Willingham, LF3100002 .063
   Alex Presley, LF1010000 .189
Jason Kubel, DH4010023 .216
Trevor Plouffe, 3B3121001 .233
   Jason Bartlett, 3B1000000 .086
Oswaldo Arcia, RF3011012 .250
   Chris Parmelee, RF1000000 .195
Aaron Hicks, CF3000102 .317
Pedro Florimon, SS3000001 .176
Mike Pelfrey, P0000000 .000
   Scott Diamond, P0000000 .000
   Kyle Gibson, P0000000 .000
Totals34410414  
Batting
2B - Chris Colabello (4, Hunter), Trevor Plouffe 2 (3, Norris)
RBI - Joe Mauer (4), Chris Colabello (8), Trevor Plouffe (5), Oswaldo Arcia (5)
2-OUT RBI - Joe Mauer (1), Chris Colabello (6)
SB - Brian Dozier (2, 2nd base off Norris/Clevenger)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Florimon-Dozier-Mauer, Florimon-Dozier-Mauer-Gibson-Florimon-Colabello
Minnesota Twins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mike Pelfrey (W,1-0) 3200040 1.98
Scott Diamond (H,1) 3211010 5.29
Kyle Gibson (S,1) 3200010 2.20
WP - Kyle Gibson (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Pelfrey 18-18, Scott Diamond 13-13, Kyle Gibson 13-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Pelfrey 3-1, Scott Diamond 4-4, Kyle Gibson 5-2
Batters Faced - Mike Pelfrey 10, Scott Diamond 11, Kyle Gibson 10
Game Information
Attendance - 5574
Game Time - 2:14
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Brian O'Nora, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Toby Basner