Young leads Twins past Pirates
BRADENTON, Fla. — Delmon Young homered and went 2-for-2 on Saturday to help the Minnesota Twins beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4 in the final exhibition game of the spring for both clubs.
Young’s solo homer off Matt Morris in the fourth inning tied the score at 2. Young, expected to be the Twins’ starting left fielder, was acquired from Tampa Bay in an offseason trade and finished the spring with a .286 batting average and two home runs.
Minnesota starter Kevin Slowey pitched three innings and allowed two runs and six hits with no walks and three strikeouts.
Morris ended a rough spring on a good note, giving up two runs and six hits in six innings with three walks and three strikeouts to lower his ERA to 8.03.
Backup catcher Mike Redmond also went 2-for-2 for Minnesota.
Jason Bay, Luis Rivas and minor leaguers Tom Hagan and Anthony Webster had two hits each for Pittsburgh.
Juan Rincon pitched one scoreless inning for the win. Matt Capps was charged with three unearned runs in two-thirds of an inning and took the loss.
The Twins scored three runs in the seventh to break a 2-all tie. The two tiebreaking runs scored when Pirates minor league center fielder Edward Garcia dropped a fly ball on the warning track.
Hagan’s two-run single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning drew the Pirates to 5-4, but the Twins held on to finish the spring with a 15-15 record.
Pittsburgh’s final mark was 13-17.
Both teams open the regular season Monday night with Minnesota hosting the Los Angeles Angels, and Pittsburgh visiting Atlanta.
Notes: Pittsburgh 2B Freddy Sanchez, who has been bothered by soreness in his surgically repaired right shoulder, played in a minor league game Saturday morning and was deemed ready to start in the opener. … SS Josh Wilson, designated for assignment earlier in the week, cleared waivers and accepted an assignment to Triple-A Indianapolis. … INF Jorge Velandia asked for and was granted his release at Indianapolis.