Wells, Keisler shut down Twins

Wells, Keisler shut down Twins

at Jupiter, Fla.
Thursday, March 8

Twins at the plate: Six different Twins singled in the first two innings, including MVP Justin Morneau. However, Minnesota had trouble converting on those opportunities -- a caught-stealing and a double play short-circuited the early chances. Jason Kubel hit an RBI double in the eighth, finishing the day with two hits.

Cardinals at the plate: Two Cardinals outfielders kept up their impressive springs. Skip Schumaker doubled and scored in the first, and John Rodriguez rapped a pair of singles. Ryan Ludwick and Tagg Bozied hit back-to-back doubles in the eighth to give St. Louis the win.

Twins on the mound: Starter Scott Baker recovered from a rough start to the spring, pitching three solid innings. He fanned four, allowing a run on three hits and needing only 35 pitches. Kevin Slowey pitched two shutout innings with two hits, one walk and two Ks.

Cardinals on the mound: Kip Wells was dinged for six base hits in his second start, but didn't permit a run in three innings. Wells escaped from a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the second with a double play and a strikeout. Randy Keisler did him one better, breezing through three perfect innings with three strikeouts.

Grapefruit League records: Twins 1-7; Cardinals 5-3.

Up next: The Cardinals play a home game against their Roger Dean Stadium co-tenants, the Florida Marlins, on Friday, with Anthony Reyes starting against Scott Olsen. The Twins visit the Dodgers in Vero Beach. Carlos Silva will start against Randy Wolf. Both games get started at 12:05 p.m. CT, 1:05 p.m. ET.

Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.