Kevin Slowey was on his way to a smooth first outing. He struck out David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez to open the fourth, and it seemed like everything I heard about Slowey in camp was true: He found some extra movement.
But then came a single by Mike Lowell and a two-run homer by Kevin Youkilis. Slowey couldn’t even get out of the inning, as Gardy had to bring in Brian Bass to get the final out.
“He kept trying to overthrow the ball,” Gardy said.
Brian Buscher impressed, making a nice stab of Youkilis’ hot grounder in the fifth and crushed a ball over the right field wall in the sixth – the first Twins’ RBI of the spring. Gardy backed up what other Twins officials have said about him.
“He’s kind of come here on a mission,” Gardy said.
Now, just in case anyone missed it. That’s right. Juan Gonzalez took Johan Santana deep for a three-run homer today…Santana’s quotes look very familiar….