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Updated: March 24th, 2011 4:00pm
Live from Florida, Day 36: Hughes hits sixth HR; Nathan allows three

Live from Florida, Day 36: Hughes hits sixth HR; Nathan allows three

by Phil Mackey
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- A rundown of the news, notes and quotes from Thursday at Minnesota Twins spring training:

Today's result

Twins 7, Phillies 3

Nick Blackburn threw six scoreless innings in Clearwater, allowing six hits and a walk while striking out five.
Joe Nathan gave up three earned runs on a walk and three hits in his inning of work, raising his spring ERA to 11.05. Meanwhile, Matt Capps pitched a scoreless seventh inning and has yet to allow a run all month.
Luke Hughes went 1-for-4 with a solo home run -- his team-leading sixth of the spring.
Delmon Young continued his tear, going 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs.
Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau did not make the trip to Clearwater. Morneau -- after playing seven innings and collecting his first official hit of the spring on Wednesday night -- was told by the team to take Thursday off entirely, including no batting practice. This was Morneau's first off day in three weeks.

Numbers game

10: The Twins record for most home runs in a spring, set by Gary Gaetti in 1983.

Health watch

• OF Michael Cuddyer said on Wednesday that his foot is still sore, but he's been able to play through some pain. That was true on Thursday in Clearwater, as Cuddyer went 1-for-4 with a single.


"D-Span, we gonna run today? Kubel, Mauer, let's go!"
-- Former manager Tom Kelly, strongly encouraging Denard Span, Jason Kubel and Joe Mauer to do some extra sprints after batting practice on Thursday.

On deck

The Twins have four spring-training games remaining: home against the Orioles on Friday, at City of Palms to face the Red Sox on Saturday, home against the Yankees on Sunday, and home against the Pirates on Monday.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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