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Associated Press, Published February 26 2013

Morneau has two hits as Twins prevail against Jays

DUNEDIN, Fla. – Justin Morneau had two hits, including a run-scoring double, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-4 on Tuesday.

Morneau and teammate Joe Mauer, both taking part in next month’s World Baseball Classic, made the 2½ hour trip from Fort Myers.

Mauer singled and walked twice. He scored on Morneau’s third-inning RBI double.

Morneau, who will be playing for Canada in the WBC, received a nice cheer when named during the announcement of pregame lineups. The first baseman hit a three-run double in Minnesota’s 5-4 victory over Pittsburgh on Monday.

Both starting pitchers, Toronto’s Ricky Romero and the Twins’ Mike Pelfrey lasted just 1Xc innings in their spring training debuts.

Minnesota Toronto

ab r h bi ab r h bi

A.Hicks cf 4 1 2 1 Bnifcio ss 3 1 1 0

Thomas rf 2 0 0 0 Zawdzki ss 1 0 1 0

Mastranni lf 4 0 1 1 M.Izturis 2b 3 0 0 0

Dinkelmn lf 0 0 0 0 Velez 2b 1 0 0 0

Mauer c 2 1 1 0 R.Davis lf 3 1 2 1

D.Rohlfing c 1 0 1 0 Nanita pr-lf 1 0 0 0

Morneau 1b 4 1 2 1 Lind 1b 3 1 1 2

Clement 1b 1 0 0 0 L.Jimnz 1b 1 0 0 0

Plouffe 3b 2 1 1 1 H.Blanco c 3 0 1 0

Sblwski 3b 2 0 0 0 Thole c 1 0 0 0

Colabllo dh 3 0 0 0 Langrhns rf 2 0 0 0

Hrrmnn dh 1 0 0 0 Sierra rf-cf 2 0 0 0

Bnson rf-cf 4 2 1 2 Ochinko dh 2 0 0 0

Dozier 2b 2 1 1 0 A.Jimnz dh 2 0 0 0

E.Rsario 2b 2 1 2 2 LaRche 3b 3 1 2 1

Flrimon ss 3 0 0 0 Schimpf 3b 1 0 0 0

D.Sntna ss 2 0 0 0 Gose cf 1 0 1 0

Lown ph-rf 1 0 0 0

Totals 39 8 12 8 Totals 34 4 9 4

Minnesota 022 101 200— 8

Toronto 300 000 100— 4

E—M.Izturis (1), Bonifacio (1). DP—Toronto 2. LOB—Minnesota 11, Toronto 4. 2B—A.Hicks (1), D.Rohlfing (1), Morneau (2), Dozier (1), Bonifacio (1), LaRoche (1). HR—Benson (1), E.Rosario (1), Lind (1), LaRoche (1). SB—Florimon (1), Gose (1). CS—Mastroianni (1).

IP H R ER BB SO

Minnesota

Pelfrey 1Xc 5 3 3 0 2

Pressly W,1-0 1Zc 0 0 0 0 0

Ti.Wood 2 2 0 0 1 1

Roenicke 1 0 0 0 0 0

T.Robertson 1 2 1 1 0 1

M.Tonkin 1 0 0 0 0 0

Perdomo 1 0 0 0 0 1

Toronto

Romero 1Xc 2 2 2 1 0

J.Perez Zc 0 0 0 0 0

Delabar L,0-1 BS Xc 3 2 2 0 0

Korecky Zc 0 0 0 0 1

E.Rogers 1 2 1 1 1 1

Schwimer 1 0 0 0 1 1

Ortiz 1 2 1 1 1 0

Bush 1 1 2 2 1 1

Wagner 1 1 0 0 1 0

Thompson 1 1 0 0 1 1

PB—Mauer.

T—3:00. A—2,702 (5,509).