In case you missed it, the Orioles were almost no-hit by the Minnesota Twins today.

Offensively, there weren't any outstanding individual performances in today's game. The Orioles managed only one hit -- a ninth-inning single by catcher Matt Wieters. The Twins only had four hits, but they managed to score two runs and took the victory.

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Final score: Twins 2, Orioles 0

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Matt Wieters -- For the second consecutive game, the Orioles' top prospect delivered a clutch hit in the ninth inning. Yesterday, Wieters hit an RBI single to tie the game, which the Orioles eventually lost, 3-2, to the Marlins in 10 innings. Today's hit wasn't as important in determining the final score, but his single broke up the Twins' no-hit bid in the final inning. The 22-year-old catcher is hitting .471 (8-for-17) so far this spring. Wieters continues to show that the pressure doesn't affect his mentality when playing the game.

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Jolbert Cabrera -- The 36-year-old utility player replaced Ryan Freel at shortstop in the middle of today's game. Cabrera was 0-for-2 with a runner left on base. He is batting .250 (3-for-12) with three singles and two strikeouts in seven games in the Grapefruit League. By the way, Freel committed a throwing error in the game, which is his third defensive miscue of the spring.

Justin Christian -- The 28-year-old outfielder, who received a non-roster invitation to spring training, was 0-for-2 with a strikeout before being replaced by Lou Montanez in center field. Christian is hitting .235 (4-for-17) with a double, a home run and two RBIs in nine games during the Grapefruit League.

Donnie Murphy -- After taking over for Brian Roberts at second base in the loss, Murphy was 0-for-2 with a runner left on base. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound utility player is batting .143 (2-for-14) with one home run and two RBIs in 10 games during spring training.

Hayden Penn -- The 24-year-old right-hander struggled for the first time this spring. Penn suffered the loss after allowing two runs and two hits in two innings against the Twins. He gave up a two-run home run to Twins center fielder Carlos Gomez in the sixth inning. After all of the freak injuries and bad luck that he's suffered to this point in his career, I'll admit that I'm rooting for Penn to earn a spot on the Opening Day roster. He's still young, so there's a lot of hope that Penn can have a successful career in the major leagues.

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