Monday, March 9, 2009

Twins edge Rays

Delmon Young hit a two-run homer off Joe Nelson in the fifth for what proved to be the winning run in the Twins 4-3 victory.

Nelson was making his Rays debut.

Elliot Johnson hit his third home run of the spring, a solo shot in the ninth to bring the Rays to within one.

Scott Kazmir, who allowed a run on three hits in two innings, said he felt fine. He needed 24 pitches to get through the second inning, but he said that was because he was working on some things. That's what they all say.

The good news for Kazmir was he threw four sliders and thought they all had late movement, something he couldn't do with the pitch last season.

Ben Zobrist had a double and a triple off Twins starter Kevin Slowey. Pat Burrell, back after spending four days in San Francisco for his sister's wedding, doubled in three at-bats.

The Rays are back at it Tuesday against the visiting Blue Jays.

Matt Garza, Andy Sonnanstine and David Price are scheduled to make their spring debuts for the Rays.

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