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Matusz shows strikeout ability vs. Twins

Matusz shows strikeout ability vs. Twins

at Sarasota, Fla.
Monday, March 8

Twins at the plate: Michael Cuddyer went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored while Jason Kubel added an RBI double. Prospect Ben Revere had a three-hit afternoon and Luke Hughes chipped in a pair of knocks.

Orioles at the plate: Baltimore's bats were stifled all afternoon by Twins pitchers. Felix Pie had a leadoff single in the first inning and his replacement, Jonathan Tucker, also singled. Matt Wieters recorded his first hit of Spring Training off Clay Condrey in the bottom of the seventh.

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Twins on the mound: In his second Grapefruit League appearance (first start), Kevin Slowey tossed three scoreless innings, allowing just a leadoff single to Pie. Slowey struck out two and walked one. A day after signing a four-year deal, Nick Blackburn also had an impressive outing, throwing three scoreless frames. Blackburn also picked up a pair of strikeouts and issued a walk.

Orioles on the mound: Starter Brian Matusz yielded two runs on three hits in the first inning, but he rebounded to strike out the side. Matusz fanned Luke Hughes to open the second and retired the next two batters. He finished with six strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings. Closer Michael Gonzalez pitched around a walk, a double and a single, thanks to a play at the plate for the fourth inning's second out. Gonzalez struck out Chris Parmelee to end the inning. Setup man Jim Johnson allowed a run on two hits in the fifth, while Koji Uehara tossed a scoreless sixth.

Worth noting: Revere, one of the Twins' top-ranked prospects, fell a homer short of the cycle in the leadoff hole and scored twice to continue his impressive Spring Training.

Grapefruit League records: Twins 3-3; Orioles 1-5.

Up next: The Orioles are slated to play their third straight home contest Tuesday vs. the Rays at 1:05 p.m. ET. Chris Tillman will get the start and is expected to be followed by Cla Meredith, Dennis Sarfate and Alberto Castillo. Outfielder Nolan Reimold, who has been held back from game action due to offseason left Achilles' tendon surgery, is expected to start his second spring game.

The Twins are set to host the Cardinals on Tuesday in a 12:05 p.m. CT contest at Hammond Stadium. It's the first meeting between the two clubs this spring. Right-hander Carl Pavano is scheduled to get the start and he'll likely pitch three innings.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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