Favorable company: The lone run that Yankees right-hander Joba Chamberlain allowed in his 24 regular-season innings last season came courtesy of a Mike Lowell home run.Now Garrett Jones can add his name to the rare list of players to homer off the much-hyped right-hander. Jones hit a rocket off Chamberlain in the fifth inning on Wednesday, a two-run shot that carried deep over the right-field wall. "I knew he had a great fastball," Jones said. "That's what I was trying to do, see the fastball and just put the good part of the bat on it. I didn't swing very hard. He's supplying a lot of power, throwing as hard as he does. I was able to time it right." As for Chamberlain's reaction to the homer, he just seemed to give credit where he felt it was due. "I guess if you're going to give them up, give them up big," Chamberlain said. "He didn't miss it." Jones, who is out of options, is currently battling for one of the Twins' final roster spots, along with infielder Brian Buscher. Rookie mistakes: With three inexperienced center fielders battling for the Twins' starting job this spring, Gardenhire has said that the club expects some mistakes to be made by the young players. Some of those rookie blunders were on display by two of the center-field candidates in Wednesday's game. On a Bobby Abreu single to center, Carlos Gomez tried to throw home to catch the runner coming from second base. But Gomez's throw was off line, ending up nearly 15 feet down the first-base line. The runner scored, and Gomez's throwing error allowed the two other runners to advance. Jason Pridie also made a miscue. His came on the basepaths, where he opted not to slide into second base and narrowly avoided the tag, thinking that the batter had fouled off the pitch. "They are all going to have their funny little plays," Gardenhire said. "I think we've talked about that. You start trying to compare them to Torii [Hunter], and you can't do that. You are going to see some things like that." Twins tidbits: Closer Joe Nathan's ankle was fine following his side session on Tuesday. Gardenhire said he expects his closer to pitch in a game some time in the next few days. ... The Twins have decided not to schedule another "B" game with the Red Sox. Gardenhire said that with the club's split squad on Friday, he feels there will be enough innings for all of the pitchers. ... The Twins announced on Wednesday that their new Spanish-language radio broadcast partner for the 2008 season will be Latino Communications Network. Twenty-six games will be simulcast on both KMNV-AM 1400 and KMNQ-AM 1470, including all Tuesday and Sunday home games. Up next: The Twins will host the Orioles in a 12:05 p.m. CT matchup on Wednesday at Hammond Stadium. Outfielder Craig Monroe could make his first game appearance in a week, having been sidelined with a strained muscle in his lower left leg. Right-hander Livan Hernandez will get the start for the Twins and face off against Orioles right-hander Daniel Cabrera.
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.