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Pirates' 10-run first inning blows away Twins

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By Dejan Kovacevic
Thursday, March 15, 2012

FORT MYERS, Fla. • The Pirates had a 10-run, 10-hit, 15-batter first inning on the way to blowing out Minnesota, 17-6, Thursday at Hammond Stadium.

The inning lasted 35 minutes and, when it finally ended, the crowd gave the Twins a standing ovation.

"I don't think I've ever been part of a first inning like that," first baseman Garrett Jones said.

"It was a lot of fun, I can tell you that."

The Pirates finished with 19 hits, giving them 28 runs and 34 hits the past two days.

Jones hit a towering two-run home run into a palm tree beyond right-center, doubled and went 3 for 4 with four RBIs, raising his spring average to .400.

Alex Presley and Matt Hague each went 3 for 4 with a home run. Presley had three RBIs, Hague two.

The Pirates (5-7) will face Philadelphia on Friday in Bradenton. Kevin Correia will start.

In a minor-league game in Bradenton, Fla., Erik Bedard pitched three innings against Toronto's Class A team and was charged with an unearned run and a hit.

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