FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Sometimes the waiting is the hardest part.
It was certainly the case for Twins right-hander Scott Baker on Friday, as he had to sit through two lengthy delays in the first and second innings of his outing against the Orioles.
In the first inning, it was an injury delay, after Orioles right-hander Brad Bergesen was struck in the right forearm by a line drive from Denard Span and left the game after just four pitches. And in the second, it was a another long inning, with the Twins' offense scoring six runs and sending 10 batters to the plate.
So while Baker looked just fine in the first and second inning, it caught up with him later, as he allowed a two-run homer to Adam Jones in the third and a solo homer from Jake Fox in the fourth. In all, Baker allowed three runs on five hits and a walk while striking out five over six innings.
"The first two innings were extremely tough," said Baker, who had surgery in the offseason to remove bone spurs and chips from his pitching elbow. "One inning of that is tough, but it's even tougher to do it two times in a row. Obviously, you appreciate the runs, but I definitely had to make an effort to stay loose."