Twins 2, Orioles 0: Another near no-hitter

Posted on March 8th, 2009 – 1:51 PM
By Joe Christensen

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. — For the second time in four games, the Twins carried a no-hit bid late into an exhibition game Sunday, with Francisco Liriano pitching four perfect innings and Joe Nathan retiring all three batters he faced, too.

On Thursday, the Netherlands spoiled the Twins’ no-hit bid with one out in the eighth inning. This time, prized Orioles catching prospect Matt Wieters broke up the no-hit bid with a single leading off the ninth inning against Bobby Keppel.

Carlos Gomez smashed a two-run homer in the sixth inning, and the Twins held on for a 2-0 victory at Fort Lauderdale Stadium.

Liriano notched five strikeouts, and Nathan notched two K’s in his first outing since the Feb. 25 spring opener. Nathan, who pulled out of the World Baseball Classic, said his right shoulder was fine.

“Everything went as good as it could,” Nathan said. “No discomfort at all. More importantly, I didn’t really think about it out there. I think we can probably put this behind us now and move forward and get into a little rhythm here.”

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