Four in a row
Down two runs, the Orioles loaded the bases with one out in the ninth inning, but Jon Knott grounded into a game-ending double play, securing a 4-2 defeat, the team's fourth straight loss. The Twins broke a 2-2 eighth-inning tie on Garrett Jones' two-run double off Orioles reliever Jim Hoey, who gave up for two hits and walked two in one inning.
In his third exhibition start, Adam Loewen went four strong innings, striking out four and allowing two hits and one run on Michael Cuddyer's home run in the fourth inning. Loewen, relying heavily on his slider, was at his best in the third inning after the first two Twins reached. He struck out Alexi Casilla and Jeff Cirillo, then got Nick Punto to ground out. "I thought I accomplished everything I wanted to today," he said. "My slider was really working for me, and my changeup was better than it's been."
Before the game, the Orioles' three Canadians on the trip - Loewen, Adam Stern and Steve Green - hung out with Minnesota's Canadian star, Justin Morneau, the reigning American League Most Valuable Player. Loewen, Stern and Morneau worked out together this offseason and are close friends. The Orioles pitcher acknowledged that it was "weird" facing Morneau, who went 0-for-2 against the left-hander.
The Orioles will play host to the Minnesota Twins today at Fort Lauderdale. Steve Trachsel will start for the Orioles against Minnesota right-hander and former Oriole Sidney Ponson.