Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 3/1/12
FOXSportsNorth.com will track reports from the news outlets already in Florida until March 4, when Tyler Mason will begin covering the team in Fort Myers. Here's a look at Thursday's top story lines from camp:Twins win 'B' game: For the first time all season, Minnesota supporters can claim "Twins win." Even if it was in a spring training 'B' game, Minnesota had some bright moments Thursday, in a scrimmage they won, 6-5. Starting hurlers Scott Baker and Nick Blackburn got their first true action following 2011 seasons that were injury marred. Baker went one inning Thursday, yielding two hits, including a home run to Boston catcher Ryan Lavarnway. Blackburn pitched one scoreless inning, allowing a single. "Really, the idea of today was just to throw fastballs," Baker told the News-Press of Fort Myers, Fla. "It was good to go out there and throw a few strikes," said Blackburn. Baker went 8-6 with a 3.14 ERA last season, despite missing games with a strained flexor muscle in his arm. He sounds excited to get rolling in 2012. "I'm excited," said the seven-year veteran, "that I can now get back into the starting routine, which is ideal." Span survives crash with fence: Twins outfielder Denard Span endured a crash into an outfield fence Thursday morning, and suffered a cut lip. Yet, he walked away with his pride largely intact. "Right now," Span told the Pioneer-Press, "I feel okay." Span, of course, dealt with a concussion last June, which makes any collisions cause for at least mild concern these days. But he has felt solid during this year's spring training, aside from the occasional bouts of fatigue. "I've had days when I've had to fight through some stuff," the 28-year-old Span said, "but overall I haven't backed out of everything. This is what I'm trying to do, test myself now, because during the season it's a grind every day." Guterrez struggles: Thursday's scrimmage was a wild affair, considering the amount of players who saw action, plus the fact that the contest's umpires didn't show up until the third inning.And, the sixth inning was called after two outs, because Twins right-hander Carlos Gutierrez had ground the game to a halt, according to a twincities.com account. Gutierrez, a reliever, surrendered two runs and three walks before the side was called. "First time out, maybe he's a little nervous, but he's better than that," noted Twins skipper Ron Gardenhire. "He's got to pick up the pace of the game and throw the ball over."
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
Most strikeouts by a hitter in a single season
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

LISTEN: Kevin Harlan saves MNF again by doing play-by-play of two idiots on the field

Jets security guards make best tackles of the night on fan rushing field

NFL changes stance, Titans and Browns can participate in ‘My Cause My Cleats’ campaign

Report: MLB smashed old revenue record in 2016

Percy Harvin out for season due to migraines

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Ducks goalie had embarrassing reason for not playing in relief

Bruce Arians emphatically shoots down retirement rumor

Siemian out of walking boot; Broncos hoping he can play

Report: Harper seeking $400 million, likely to leave Nationals

Report: Aldon Smith setting up meeting to seek reinstatement

Rams players vent frustrations as losses pile up

The five 2016 Heisman finalists: How do they measure up?

The good, bad, and ugly from NFL Week 13

Championship Week as explained by Diana Ross

Cult of Sport: Before there was Ezekiel Elliott, there was Eric Dickerson

MLB Winter Meetings primer: Every team's trade temperature on the hot stove

James Franklin, Penn State come up roses

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Sporting life: Gifts for real fans (that aren't ugly NFL sweaters)

Best of Yardbarker: CFB Championship Week chaos

New faces help Spurs continue unparalleled success

The Pirates prepare for rarely chartered waters in dealing Andrew McCutchen

Joakim Noah’s contract is becoming worst deal in NBA

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The five 2016 Heisman finalists: How do they measure up?

The good, bad, and ugly from NFL Week 13

Championship Week as explained by Diana Ross

Cult of Sport: Before there was Ezekiel Elliott, there was Eric Dickerson

Winter Meetings primer: Every team's trade temperature on the hot stove

James Franklin, Penn State come up roses

Final College Football Playoff rankings: Alabama reigns

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Sporting life: Gifts for real fans (that aren't ugly NFL Christmas sweaters)

New faces help Spurs continue unparalleled success

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker