Karstens shines in win over Twins

Karstens shines in win over Twins

at Tampa, Fla.
Wednesday, March 14

Twins at the plate: Minnesota had the bases loaded with one out in the fifth inning, but was unable to score. Luis Rodriguez had the Twins' only hit through the first five innings, a single in the fourth. Chris Heintz drove in Minnesota's lone run.

Yankees at the plate: Robinson Cano stroked a second-inning double over Torii Hunter's head in center field to bring in the Yankees' first run. New York added two runs in the third on Jason Giambi's RBI double to right-center and Hideki Matsui's run-scoring single. Backup catcher candidate Todd Pratt drove in the Yankees' fourth run.

Twins on the mound: Making his third start and fourth appearance of the spring, Carlos Silva surrendered two RBI doubles and a run-scoring single in four innings, allowing three runs and five hits in a 56-pitch (33 for strikes) effort. Kevin Slowey was impressive over two shutout innings, allowing a hit and striking out three.

Yankees on the mound: Jeff Karstens strengthened his bid for a spot on the team's Opening Day pitching staff, firing four innings of one-hit ball at the Twins. Karstens walked none and struck out four, throwing 41 pitches (30 strikes) in his third appearance and second start of the spring. Chase Wright threw two scoreless innings, walking one and striking out two, and Kyle Farnsworth earned his first save of the spring.

Grapefruit League records: Twins 6-9-1; Yankees 9-4-1.

Up next: The Yankees welcome the Braves to Legends Field on Thursday, facing off under the lights at 7:15 p.m. ET. Left-hander Kei Igawa is scheduled to start for New York, with right-hander Lance Cormier going for Atlanta.

The Twins are back home on Thursday to play the Orioles at 12:05 p.m. CT. Right-hander Ramon Ortiz is scheduled to start for Minnesota, with left-hander Adam Loewen going for Baltimore.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.