Scouting report: Twins vs. Orioles


At Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Day Time TV Starters

Tonight 7:35 HTS J.C. Romero (2000 debut)

vs. Sidney Ponson (5-7, 5.44)

Tomorrow 7:35 HTS Mark Redman (9-4, 4.36)

vs. Mike Mussina (6-10, 3.86)

Wednesday 3:05 HTS Brad Radke (7-11,4.18)

vs. Pat Rapp (6-7, 6.11)

Radio: All games on WBAL (1090 AM) and WTOP (1500 AM)

Twins update

Despite being sequestered in last place in the AL Central, Min-nesota has been on a roll. The Twins had won seven of nine and 11 of their past 17 before yester-day's 7-4 loss to the New York Yankees, and they remain within a half-game of overtaking Kansas City. They're beginning a 10-game, 11-day road trip. First baseman/ designated hitter David Ortiz has been swinging a hot bat, with 21 hits in his past 41 trips (.512). The Twins have won seven games when trailing after seven innings, al-ready eclipsing last year's total of six. Ponson recorded his first major-league shutout in Minnesota on April 16, allowing four hits in a 5-0 victory that enabled the Orioles to win the series. They had dropped the opener, 10-9, when the bullpen coughed up six runs in the eighth inning. Mussina is 14-2 with a 2.69 ERA lifetime against the Twins. Ponson is 3-0 with a 1.33 ERA.

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