Orioles fall to Twins, 9-5, in windy road finale

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Predicting the path of the baseball through 26-mph winds at Hammond Stadium on Tuesday afternoon was difficult for both the Orioles and Twins.

In their final road game of the spring, the Orioles lost, 9-5, while playing in a fierce wind blowing out in right field. Orioles catcher Matt Wieters and Twins left fielder Josh Willingham both hit homers that caught in the wind and drifted out.


For outfielders on both teams, however, it was an adventure.

For the first time this spring, the Orioles fielded a starting lineup on the road full of regulars.


The Twins broke open a tied game with a four-run fifth inning against right-hander Tommy Hunter. After Willingham took a 95 mph fastball from Hunter to right for a solo homer, four straight Twins batters reached base, capped by Chris Parmelee's RBI single that dropped in front of a sliding Nate McLouth in left.

Wieters hit his five homer of the spring in the fifth. McLouth has three hits. And Nick Markakis was 1-for-5 hitting out of the DH spot in his first game since March 1, lining the first pitch he saw for a single to right field.

Kevin Gausman, making his final spring start, allowed three runs on six hits over 3 2/3 innings.

"Definitely not my best, but I felt good," Gausman said. [I'm] pretty happy with it."