Tigers 10, Twins 2
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ Travis Fryman drove in three runs and Jim Lindeman had two triples and drove in two runs as the Detroit Tigers defeated the Minnesota Twins 10-2 Monday.
Detroit starter Randy Nosek gave up one hit and three walks. Scott Aldred threw four innings to pick up the victory.
Minnesota led 2-1 on Brian Harper’s two-run homer in the fourth inning, but Lindeman gave Detroit the lead with a two-run triple in the sixth. The Tigers added a run in the seventh, four in the eighth and two more in the ninth.
Roy Smith started for the Twins and pitched five solid innings, giving up one run on four hits while striking out three. Rick Aguilera, who will be Minnesota’s closer this season, gave up four earned runs on five hits in one inning.
The Twins are now 3-6 in spring play. Detroit is 4-4.
After the game, the Twins made their first roster cuts of the spring, paring 15 players from the roster. The Twins now have 35 players in camp.
Optioned to Minnesota’s AAA affiliate in Portland were pitcher Paul Abbott, pitcher Pete Delkus, infielder Terry Jorgensen, infielder Scott Leius, catcher Derek Parks and infielder Paul Sorrento.
Optioned to Minnesota’s Orlando AA affiliate were pitcher Willie Banks and outfielder Jarvis Brown.
Six non-roster players invited to spring training are being returned to Portland. They are outfielder Bernardo Brito, outfielder Rafael DeLima, catcher Jamie Nelson, infielder Vic Rodriguez, pitcher Jack Savage and infielder Frank Valdez.
Returned to the Twins’ minor league camp in Fort Myers for reassignment was infielder Chuck Knoblauch.