Mays has solid outing

Associated Press

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Joe Mays pitched three scoreless innings as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 in Grapefruit League action Tuesday.

Mays, who allowed his first two batters to reach, said he had trouble getting loose because of an unusually long national anthem. But he recovered and got Jeff Conine to ground into an inning-ending double play.

"I'm a quick worker," Mays said. "I like to get in and get after it. I had to make a little adjustment to get out of the first, and after that I was fine."

Baltimore's Brook Fordyce, trying to rebound from a poor season, hit a two-run homer in the fifth off Jack Cressend.


Mays, who signed a $20 million, four-year contract in January, gave up two hits, struck out two and walked one.

Minnesota scored four runs in the first, going ahead when Jacque Jones drew a leadoff walk and David Lamb tripled down the right-field line off John Stevens.

Lamb scored on a sacrifice fly by Jay Canizaro, a candidate to make the team as a utility infielder after missing last season with a knee injury.

David Ortiz walked, went to third on Brian Buchanan's double and scored on Justin Morneau's grounder. Bobby Kielty doubled to drive in Buchanan, who returned after missing with five days a sore wrist.

Marty Cordova, a former Twin who signed a $9.1 million, three-year contract with the Orioles this winter, went 2-for-3.

Notes: The MRI test on 3B Corey Koskie's sprained right wrist was inconclusive, so he'll have a CT scan on it Wednesday. He's still day-to-day. ...

The Twins' spring injury woes continued Tuesday when RF Michael Restovich strained his right oblique muscle while swinging in batting practice before the game. "We never know how long something like that is going to take," said manager Ron Gardenhire. "I've seen those things linger on for awhile, and I've seen them be a little bit of nothing."

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