TWINS 9, MARLINS 1
at Fort Myers, Fla.
Monday, March 12
Twins at the plate:
After struggling to produce runs all spring, the Twins' bats woke up on Monday as each of the team's nine starters delivered a hit. Torii Hunter went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored. Justin Morneau drove in two runs with a hard shot down the third-base line in the first, and Nick Punto went 3-for-4 with an RBI.
Marlins at the plate:
Mike Jacobs hit his first home run of the spring on the first pitch of the fifth inning. Alex Sanchez tripled to lead off the sixth.
Twins on the mound:
Boof Bonser made a strong statement in the race for a starting spot as he threw four scoreless innings. Bonser did not allow a hit or a walk and struck out three, as the only baserunner reached on a Michael Cuddyer fielding error. Jesse Crain gave up the lone run in his one inning of work. Matt Garza threw two innings, allowing one hit and walking two.
Marlins on the mound:
Dontrelle Willis had a tough day on the mound as he gave up six runs on nine hits over three innings. Right-hander Gaby Hernandez gave up three runs in two innings.
Grapefruit League records:
Twins 5-8-1; Marlins 3-10
The Twins host the Cardinals on Tuesday in a 12:05 p.m. CT start. Johan Santana will get the start against another lefty, Randy Keisler. The Marlins return to Jupiter to host the Orioles in the first of two consecutive games between the clubs. Marlins right-hander Anibal Sanchez will start as the Orioles send right-hander Daniel Cabrera to the mound.
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.