FORT MYERS, Fla. - Kevin Gausman left today’s game after 3 2/3 innings with his pitch count at 69, including 50 for strikes.
Gausman allowed three runs and six hits, with no walks and three strikeouts. Pedro Florimon reached on an infield single with two outs, bringing manager Buck Showalter from the dugout.
First baseman Chris Davis bobbled the ball and threw late to Gausman covering the bag. The play was scored a hit.
A 27-pitch third inning reduced the chances of Gausman getting past the fourth.
Four of the six hits off Gausman were for extra bases - three doubles and a triple.
Gausman is expected to be reassigned to minor league camp. Today marked his seventh appearance and second start. He allowed seven runs and 17 hits in 16 innings, with six walks and 17 strikeouts.
Matt Wieters his his fifth spring home run in the top of the fifth inning to tie the game 3-3. Wieters lifted a high fly ball to right that just kept carrying until it barely cleared the fence.
Josh Willingham broke the tie in the bottom of the fifth with a home run off Tommy Hunter. Another run scored on a Manny Machado error, Chris Parmelee had an RBI double after Nate McLouth failed to make a sliding catch in left field, and another runner crossed the plate on a ground ball.
Twins 7, Orioles 3.
Update: Nate McLouth singled in the sixth inning and Nolan Reimold followed with an RBI double. McLouth is 3-for-3 today.
Minor league pitcher Tyler Wilson gave up a run in the bottom of the sixth.
Twins 8, Orioles 4.
Manager Buck Showalter expects Russ Canzler to bat third or fourth at Triple-A Norfolk and to play first base, third base and the outfield. Just not at the same time.
“He’s one of those guys who’s starting to figure it out,” Showalter said. “He’s only 26. He’s not 30 or something like that.
“I don’t think he’s going to hurt you (defensively). Is he going to turn hits into outs? Probably not, but he’s not going to hurt you. He’s going to catch what he’s supposed to catch. He’s going to be engaged. He’s into the game, he’s smart. He’s a typical Bethlehem Steel Mill, Pennsylvania, blue-collar ... doesn’t get involved in all the bull (crap).
“He’s going to figure it out. He knows who he is as a hitter, too. I like him. He’s good people. We’re lucky to have him. I’m really glad he has an option.”
Showalter envisions Rule 5 pick T.J. McFarland as a multi-inning reliever, for now, if the left-hander makes the club out of spring training.
“I just don’t know if we’re going to be able to take him. It’s going to be close,” Showalter said. “We’re going to have to get some help, probably, from another organization to do it. I don’t know.”
Trading a reliever to clear room remains the Orioles’ best option at this point.