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Span homers twice to lead Twins over Orioles

Sep 14, 2008 - 1:01 AM By Sean Burns PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

BALTIMORE (Ticker) -- Denard Span had two home runs and four RBI as the Minnesota Twins routed the Baltimore Orioles, 12-2, in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday.

Span, who had four home runs entering the contest, gave the Twins the lead for good with a solo shot in the third inning, then padded the total with a two-out blast off Alberto Castillo in the ninth.

"Span had a heck of a day out there," Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said.

The Minnesota offense was in full gear, with Justin Morneau adding four hits, including a pair of RBI doubles, and Carlos Gomez tying a career-high with four RBI.

"We had plenty of opportunities to open the game up, but didn't capitalize at first," said Gardenhire, whose team stranded runners in five of the first six innings. "But we got some good hits late and made it a nice game for us."

The Twins drew a season-high 10 walks. Baltimore pitching leads the majors in walks allowed, issuing 638 free passes through 146 games.

The support was more than enough for Scott Baker (9-4), who retired 15 of the last 19 batters he faced after three straight Baltimore singles made it a 1-1 game in the bottom of the first. Baker struck out four and walked three.

"I tried to just let it fly," Baker said of settling down after Ramon Hernandez's RBI single in the first. "I was either a little jumpy or trying to guide the ball into the zone. I had to find that happy medium. I threw some good breaking pitches, and that allowed me to use my fastball more effectively."

Despite carrying a 3.66 ERA into the game, Baker had won twice since the All-Star break, leaving with the lead and failing to factor in the decision three times in that stretch.

That was not an issue when his teammates touched Baltimore starter Daniel Cabrera (8-10) for four runs - three earned - on seven hits and five walks in 5 1/3 innings.

Initially, Baker was going to return to pitch the seventh, but Gardenhire decided to hold him after the long sixth, which saw Minnesota bump the lead to 7-1.

"Physically, I felt pretty good," he said. "I wanted to go back out there, but after the long inning it made sense. I understood why they held me back."








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    MINNESOTA 1 0 3 0 0 0 3 0 5 12 14 0
    BALTIMORE 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 6 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: MIN - SCOTT BAKER, BOOF BONSER (7TH), EDDIE GUARDADO (8TH), JOSE
    MIJARES (9TH) AND JOE MAUER, RYAN JORGENSEN (9TH)
    BAL - DANIEL CABRERA, BRIAN BURRES (6TH), ALFREDO

    Sep 13 8:08 PM


  • AL
    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE (1ST GAME)
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY DENARD SPAN (6) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT
    IN THE 9TH OFF ALBERTO CASTILLO SCORED NICK PUNTO AND CARLOS GOMEZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 12, BALTIMORE 2
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: A CASILLA (.295, 1-FOR-4, BB)

    Twins 12, Orioles 2  Top 9, 0 OutsSep 13 7:56 PM


  • AL
    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE (1ST GAME)
    DOUBLE BY CARLOS GOMEZ SCORED JASON PRIDIE AND BRENDAN
    HARRIS.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C GOMEZ ON SECOND, N PUNTO ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 9
    BALTIMORE 2 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: D SPAN (.304, 1-FOR-4, BB, HR, RBI)

    Twins 9, Orioles 2  Top 9, 0 OutsSep 13 7:51 PM


  • AL
    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE (1ST GAME)
    DOUBLE BY NICK MARKAKIS SCORED BRIAN ROBERTS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, N MARKAKIS ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 7
    BALTIMORE 2 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: M MORA (.283, 1-FOR-3)

    Twins 7, Orioles 2  Bot 7, 0 OutsSep 13 7:25 PM


  • AL
    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE (1ST GAME)
    SINGLE BY CARLOS GOMEZ SCORED JUSTIN MORNEAU AND DELMON
    YOUNG.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, C GOMEZ ON FIRST, B HARRIS ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 7
    BALTIMORE 1 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: D SPAN (.305, 1-FOR-3, BB, HR, RBI)

    Twins 7, Orioles 1  Top 7, 0 OutsSep 13 7:14 PM


  • AL
    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE (1ST GAME)
    DOUBLE BY JUSTIN MORNEAU SCORED JOE MAUER.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J MORNEAU ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 5
    BALTIMORE 1 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J KUBEL (.278, 1-FOR-2, BB, RBI)

    Twins 5, Orioles 1  Top 7, 0 OutsSep 13 7:02 PM
  • 5
    roots
    McTool Added 5 roots

    Twins 4, Orioles 1  Bot 4, 0 OutsSep 13 6:12 PM


  • AL
    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE (1ST GAME)
    FIELDER'S CHOICE BY BRIAN BUSCHER SCORED JUSTIN MORNEAU.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, B BUSCHER ON FIRST, J KUBEL ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 4
    BALTIMORE 1 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: N PUNTO (.280, 0-FOR-1)

    Twins 4, Orioles 1  Top 3, 0 OutsSep 13 5:52 PM


  • AL
    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE (1ST GAME)
    DOUBLE BY JUSTIN MORNEAU SCORED ALEXI CASILLA.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J MORNEAU ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 3
    BALTIMORE 1 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J KUBEL (.278, 1-FOR-1, RBI)

    Twins 3, Orioles 1  Top 3, 0 OutsSep 13 5:46 PM


  • AL
    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE (1ST GAME)
    SOLO HOME RUN BY DENARD SPAN (5) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    3RD OFF DANIEL CABRERA.
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 2, BALTIMORE 1
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: A CASILLA (.295, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Twins 2, Orioles 1  Top 3, 0 OutsSep 13 5:43 PM


  • AL
    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE (1ST GAME)
    SINGLE BY RAMON HERNANDEZ SCORED MELVIN MORA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R HERNANDEZ ON FIRST, A HUFF ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 1
    BALTIMORE 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: L SCOTT (.269, 22 HR, 60 RBI)

    Twins 1, Orioles 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsSep 13 5:25 PM


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

    CURRENT PITCHERS: MIN - SCOTT BAKER
    BAL - DANIEL CABRERA

    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: B ROBERTS (.293, 9 HR, 53 RBI)
    N MARKAKIS (.300, 18 HR, 81 RBI)
    M MORA (.283, 23 HR, 99 R

    Twins 1, Orioles 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsSep 13 5:15 PM