Mauer hits 1st spring home run, Twins beat Orioles

Joe Mauer hit his first homer this spring, a two-run drive that sent a split squad of Minnesota Twins past the Baltimore Orioles 5-1 Tuesday.

Mauer connected in the first inning for an opposite-field shot to left. Trevor Plouffe added a two-run homer in the fifth for the Twins.

Mike Wright, competing for a spot in the Orioles’ rotation, went four innings, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk with three strikeouts.

Logan Darnell started for the Twins, going two innings, striking out two.

Caleb Joseph had two of the Orioles’ four hits.

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