Burton Struggles as Twins Lose 11-5

Updated: 03/06/2014 1:05 PM KSTP.com

Minnesota Twins pitcher Ryan Pressly, right, works out in the bullpen as Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson, left, looks on before an exhibition baseball game.
Minnesota Twins pitcher Ryan Pressly, right, works out in the bullpen as Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson, left, looks on before an exhibition baseball game.
Photo: Photo: AP/Steven Senne

Johnny Monell hit a three-run homer to key a five-run third inning, leading the Baltimore Orioles to an 11-5 win over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night.

Monell, a 27-year-old journeyman catcher purchased from the San Francisco Giants this offseason, connected on a fastball from Twins setup man Jared Burton.

The Orioles also stole third base twice in the same inning off Burton, making his second appearance of the spring.  Burton gave up three runs in two-thirds of an inning.

Baltimore scored five more runs in the sixth, when second-base prospect Jorge Polanco made a throwing error that led to four unearned runs off Twins left-hander Scott Diamond.

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