Eduardo Escobar's two-run single helps to lift Twins over Tampa Bay
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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Third baseman Eduardo Escobar hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the seventh inning against Jim Palduch to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 6-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday in a spring training game.
AL Cy Young Award winner David Price started for the Rays, giving up three runs (two earned) and nine hits in five innings. He had been hoping to pitch into the sixth.
"I'm still searching right now," Price said. "I feel fine. I feel good out there, and my stuff is good and good in the bullpen. I really feel like last year it took me to my first start. That's when everything clicked for me. I'm still kind of waiting for that now."
Price was 20-5 with a 2.56 ERA last year. "This last week I feel like I've hit a wall in spring training," he said. "I get out there on the mound, I just feel like blah."
Jose Lobaton, trying to earn a backup catching job with the Rays, was 3-for-3 with a solo home run and raised his spring average to .257.
Twins closer Glen Perkins made his first spring training appearance since March 2. Perkins, who was on the U.S. team at the World Baseball Classic, had appeared in two minor leagues games since returning to camp.© The Associated Press