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03/24/10 3:20 PM ET

Slowey sizzles as Twins sink Marlins

Righty records five strikeouts; Jones launches two-run homer

at Fort Myers, Fla.
Wednesday, March 24

Twins at the plate: Jacque Jones belted his first home run of the spring, a two-run shot to right field, to put Minnesota on the board in the third inning. Justin Morneau hit a solo homer, his second long ball of the spring, in the sixth. Ben Revere added another run in the seventh with a sacrifice fly to right.

Marlins at the plate: Hanley Ramirez doubled in two of his three at-bats in the contest, and the second led to a run that scored on Dan Uggla's RBI fielder's choice.

Twins on the mound: Right-hander Kevin Slowey continued his successful spring, pitching five scoreless innings while allowing three hits and striking out five. Slowey has allowed just one run in 16 innings this spring and has 15 strikeouts over that span. Jon Rauch pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout, and Clay Condrey gave up one run on three hits in his one inning.

Marlins on the mound: Anibal Sanchez, who is in line to be Florida's No. 3 starter, pitched six innings and allowed three runs on eight hits. Leo Nunez gave up one run on two hits in an inning of work.

Worth noting: Twins left-hander Glen Perkins is expected to be sidelined for a couple days with a strained lower back. ... Marlins catcher John Baker, who has been battling a stomach virus, was used as the designated hitter on Wednesday. Baker is expected to catch on Thursday against the Red Sox. ... Brett Carroll left the game on Wednesday after striking out in the second inning with a left oblique strain. He was replaced in the bottom of the inning by Bryan Petersen.

Grapefruit League records: Twins 11-8; Marlins 11-10

Up next: The Twins will travel to Port Charlotte, Fla., on Thursday for a 12:05 p.m. CT contest with the Rays. Left-hander Francisco Liriano is scheduled to make the start for Minnesota. For now, Liriano is competing for the fifth-starter's job, but the southpaw is also considered a closer candidate.

The Marlins will remain in Fort Myers, Fla., on Thursday to face the Red Sox in a 1:05 p.m. start. Right-hander Chris Volstad, a frontrunner to be the fourth starter, will have a key start in the contest. The 23-year-old right-hander can solidify the spot with a solid outing. He was impressive in his previous start, against the Nationals, when he showed improvement with his sinker.

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