MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -Scott Baker passed his last spring test for Minnesota, pitching six sharp innings in a minor league game Sunday.
Baker was bothered by a sore back and then a bad bout with the flu, a setback to his throwing schedule. The Twins wanted to make sure he was strong enough before formally including him in the rotation, so they left him in Florida to pitch in the minor league game. Baker gave up five hits and one run while striking out three and throwing 71 pitches.
``He said he was feeling really, really good,'' manager Ron Gardenhire said after the rest of the team worked out at the Metrodome. ``Kind of expected him to do all right.''
Baker will make his first start on Friday, when Minnesota hosts Kansas City. Baker took a perfect game into the ninth inning against the Royals last August.
The Twins open the season on Monday against the Los Angeles Angels.
Advertisement

Top MLB Public Bets

Advertisement

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Are Sale's Sox now the favorite? The Boston Red Sox made a big splash this week when they acquired Cy Young contender Chris Sale from the...
Thumbnail Red Sox acquire Sale, WS odds improve Following the acquisition of Chris Sale from the Chicago White Sox, the Boston Red Sox' World Series odds have improved greatly.
Thumbnail Will Cubs repeat as champs? The Chicago Cubs are a month into their championship reign. As the 2017 season approaches, are they favored to repeat?

MLB Team Pages