Twins Split Squad, Beat O's 9-2, Partake in First Instant Replay

Updated: 03/03/2014 5:43 PM By: Nick Tabbert

The Minnesota Twins as a split-squad combined to score 21 runs Monday.
The Minnesota Twins as a split-squad combined to score 21 runs Monday.
Photo: Photo: AP/Steven Senne

The Minnesota Twins entered the ninth inning locked in a 2-2 tie with the Baltimore Orioles Monday afternoon, but came out of it with a 9-2 victory. Minnesota scored seven runs in the top of the ninth, capped by a Wilkin Ramirez three-run homer.

Vance Worley started for the Twins, who played as a split-squad, and threw three shutout innings, giving up one hit and striking out one.

The Twins got solid outings from Sean Gilmartin, Lester Oliveros and Logan Darnell as well.

Offensively, Ramirez led the way with three hits and four RBIs. Infielder Danny Santana had two hits and three RBIs. The Twins finished with 13 hits as a team.

The other half of the Twins squad defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 12-2 Monday. Jermaine Mitchell had three hits and four RBIs as the team scored four runs in the first inning, three more in the third inning, and four runs in the seventh inning.

The game was notable in that it served as the first review under Major League Baseball's expanded replay system. Toronto manager John Gibbons used his challenge to ask umpires to review a play in the sixth inning.

Chris Rahl of the Twins was called safe at first base when shortstop Munenori Kawasaki's throw pulled Jared Goedert off the bag. The umpires gathered in front of the first base dugout while the replay booth in New York looked at the play. After a wait of 2 minutes, 34 seconds, first base umpire Fieldin Culbreth spread his hands in the safe sign.
MLB has expanded replay this year beyond potential home runs and boundary calls. This season, most every play except for balls-and-strikes is subject to a manager challenging the ruling.

Minnesota will join together again Tuesday to play Miami.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.