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Orioles 12, Twins 5

March 15, 2001

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) _ Mike Kinkade homered twice and the Baltimore Orioles had 18 hits Thursday during a 12-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

Kinkade hit three-run homer in the first inning off loser Matt Kinney and a two-run homer in the eighth off Bob Wells. Brian Roberts also hit a three-run homer in the third against Eddie Guardado.

Brian Buchanan hit a solo homer in the sixth off Josh Towers. David Ortiz and Bobby Kielty both went 3-for-4 with one RBI and a run scored.

Kinney gave up five runs, five hits, three walks and two wild pitches in 1 1-3 innings.

Winner Jose Mercedes gave up four runs and six hits in five innings.

Notes: Twins 3B Corey Koskie agreed to a three-year contract worth about $6 million. ... Eight more players were cut by the Twins. RHP Danny Mota was optioned to Triple-A Edmonton of the Pacific Coast League, RHP Kyle Lohse and LHP Brad Thomas were optioned to Double-A New Britain of the Eastern League, and RHP Adam Johnson, INF Michael Cuddyer, INF Michael Moriarty, C Brandon Marsters and OF Michael Restovich were reassigned to the minor league complex.

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