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Hunter hits grand slam, leaves game in Twins win

Apr 18, 2007 - 6:51 AM SEATTLE (Ticker) -- Torii Hunter left his mark on the game, before the game left a mark on him.

Hunter hit his sixth career grand slam against Jeff Weaver to break open a close contest before leaving with a left shoulder injury, as the Minnesota Twins crushed the Seattle Mariners, 11-2.

Ramon Ortiz (3-0) won his third straight start by allowing just two runs on eight hits in seven innings and Joe Mauer hit three doubles as the Twins tied a team record with eight doubles.

"Our offense beat the ball around pretty good," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We had some balls roll through, we put some balls in the seats. Torii had a big grand slam and Joe Mauer had a big night, driving the ball all over the place. So it was a good night for our club offensively."

Meanwhile, Ortiz, who struggled last year, going 11-16 with a 5.57 ERA with Washington, opened the season 3-0 for the first time in his career.

"I am very confident," Ortiz said. "The way I see the team play, I'm very happy, and when you are happy, everything happens good."

With the Mariners holding a slim 3-1 lead in the fifth, Hunter belted a hanging breaking ball with two outs off Weaver (0-2) to improve to 11-for-24 lifetime against the righthander.

The Mariners elected to intentionally walk Justin Morneau to bring Hunter to the plate.

"I think that's smart because now you load the bases and you can throw to any base," Hunter said. "That was a good move and it just so happened I got lucky. Weaver for me as a righthander, when he bends over and throws sidearm, that's pretty tough for me. I'm uncomfortable hitting off this guy."

The six-time Gold Glove winner then left the game in the seventh, when he injured his left shoulder trying to make a head first diving catch of a line drive struck by Raul Ibanez. Hunter is listed as day-to-day.

"I think I'll be in there (Wednesday)," Hunter said. "It depends on how I wake up. I might be a little sore."

Weaver, who was making his first home start since signing a one-year, $8.5 million dollar free agent contract, was pounded for seven runs and 10 hits in six innings.

Ichiro Suzuki hit his 23rd career lead-off home run and his second in two days, and Jose Lopez hit a blast in the sixth for the Mariners, who had their two-game winning streak snapped.








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    MINNESOTA 2 0 0 0 5 0 0 4 0 11 15 0
    SEATTLE 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 10 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: MIN - RAMON ORTIZ, DENNYS REYES (8TH), PAT NESHEK (9TH) AND JOE
    MAUER
    SEA - JEFF WEAVER, SEAN WHITE (7TH), CHRIS REITSMA
    (9TH) AND KENJI JOHJIMA

    HOME RUNS: MIN -

    Apr 18 12:38 AM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MICHAEL CUDDYER SCORED LUIS CASTILLO AND JOE
    MAUER.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, M CUDDYER ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 11
    SEATTLE 2 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J MORNEAU (.271, 0-FOR-3, BB)

    Twins vs. MarinersApr 18 12:12 AM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JOE MAUER SCORED LUIS RODRIGUEZ AND JASON
    BARTLETT.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J MAUER ON SECOND, L CASTILLO ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 9
    SEATTLE 2 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: M CUDDYER (.347, 1-FOR-4, RBI)

    Twins vs. MarinersApr 18 12:11 AM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: J Rabe in left field.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 7
    SEATTLE 2 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: J Guillen (.179, 0-FOR-1)

    Apr 17 11:54 PM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: J Tyner in center field.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 7
    SEATTLE 2 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: J Guillen (.179, 0-FOR-1)

    Apr 17 11:54 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    MINNESOTA 2 0 0 0 5 0 0 7 11 0
    SEATTLE 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 6 1 (BOT 7)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: MIN - RAMON ORTIZ
    SEA - SEAN WHITE

    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: J GUILLEN (.179, 0-FOR-1, HBP)
    K JOHJIMA (.435, 0-FOR-2)
    Y BETANCOURT (.115, 0-FOR-2)

    Apr 17 11:53 PM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JOSE LOPEZ (1) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    6TH OFF RAMON ORTIZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 7, SEATTLE 2
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: I SUZUKI (.303, 1-FOR-2, HR, RBI)

    Twins vs. MarinersApr 17 11:38 PM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    GRAND SLAM BY TORII HUNTER (2) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN THE
    5TH OFF JEFF WEAVER SCORED LUIS CASTILLO, JASON TYNER AND JUSTIN
    MORNEAU.
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 7, SEATTLE 1
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J KUBEL (.276, 0-FOR-2)

    Apr 17 11:18 PM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    GRAND SLAM BY TORII HUNTER (2) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN THE
    5TH OFF JEFF WEAVER SCORED LUIS CASTILLO, JASON TYNER AND JUSTIN
    MORNEAU.
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 7, SEATTLE 1
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J KUBEL (.276, 0-FOR-2)

    Twins vs. MarinersApr 17 11:18 PM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JASON TYNER SCORED JASON BARTLETT.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J TYNER ON FIRST, L CASTILLO ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 3
    SEATTLE 1 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J MAUER (.333, 1-FOR-2, RBI)

    Apr 17 11:12 PM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JASON TYNER SCORED JASON BARTLETT.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J TYNER ON FIRST, L CASTILLO ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 3
    SEATTLE 1 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J MAUER (.333, 1-FOR-2, RBI)

    Twins vs. MarinersApr 17 11:12 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    MINNESOTA 2 0 0 0 2 5 0
    SEATTLE 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 (TOP 5)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: MIN - RAMON ORTIZ
    SEA - JEFF WEAVER

    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J BARTLETT (.207, 0-FOR-1)
    L CASTILLO (.244, 0-FOR-2)
    J TYNER (.364, 2-FOR-2)

    Apr 17 11:03 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    MINNESOTA 2 0 2 3 0
    SEATTLE 1 1 2 0 (BOT 2)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: MIN - RAMON ORTIZ
    SEA - JEFF WEAVER

    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: R SEXSON (.192, 2 HR, 8 RBI)
    J GUILLEN (.185, 1 HR, 2 RBI)
    K JOHJIMA (.476, 0 HR, 2 RBI)

    Apr 17 10:33 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    MINNESOTA 2 0 2 3 0
    SEATTLE 1 1 2 0 (BOT 2)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: MIN - RAMON ORTIZ
    SEA - JEFF WEAVER

    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: R SEXSON (.192, 2 HR, 8 RBI)
    J GUILLEN (.185, 1 HR, 2 RBI)
    K JOHJIMA (.476, 0 HR, 2 RBI)

    Twins vs. MarinersApr 17 10:33 PM