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Glavine allows one run to Tribe; Bucs edge Twins


Published: Tue, March 7, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.


Grady Sizemore's three hits included a homer.
ASSOCIATED PRESS
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Tom Glavine allowed one run in three innings and catcher Paul Lo Duca made his Mets debut in New York's 6-3 win over the Cleveland Indians on Monday.
Cliff Floyd hit a solo homer off Cleveland starter Jake Westbrook, the only hit he allowed in three innings. Indians center fielder Grady Sizemore was 3-for-3 with a home run, two doubles and two RBIs.
Glavine threw 47 pitches in his first Grapefruit League start, walking one and striking out none. The left-hander gave up four hits but worked out of trouble in all three innings.
"The tempo on my changeup is a little off right now because I was gung-ho being out there and trying to make pitches. I needed to relax a little bit," Glavine said. "When you're facing a team other than your own for the first time, your competitiveness gets going a little bit."
Lo Duca, Glavine's batterymate, had a solid game in his first start in a Mets uniform after being obtained from the Florida Marlins during the offseason.
Though he went hitless in two at-bats, Lo Duca hit the ball hard both times, narrowly missing an extra-base hit down the left-field line that went foul in his first at-bat and lining out to third base the next time up.
On defense, Lo Duca threw out Cleveland's Grady Sizemore trying to steal third and made a quick grab of a tapper down the third base line to get Ben Broussard at first and end the third inning.
"I felt great. My hand wasn't an issue at all," said Lo Duca, who had been sidelined with arthritis. "It was fun to get on the field and start getting ready."
Pirates 5, Twins 4
BRADENTON, Fla. -- Jeromy Burnitz homered and doubled twice as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Minnesota Twins Monday.
"I just see the ball in the zone and hit the ball hard," said Burnitz, who signed a one-year, $6.7 million contract with Pittsburgh in the offseason. "I was trying to hit line drives up the middle. Good things happen sometimes when you have a good plan."
He doubled to the wall in right-center field in the first inning, hit a home run to right to lead off the third and doubled to center in the fifth before being lifted for a pinch-runner. The last hit, Burnitz estimated, was hit hardest.
"That one made the best sound off the bat," he said.
Pittsburgh hit two other homers. Jose Castillo hit a three-run shot in the top of the first, and Ray Sadler broke a 4-4 tie in the eighth.
The Twins started Glen Perkins, their first-round pick in the 2004 amateur draft out of the University of Minnesota, after he impressed management in the early part of spring. However, he didn't last long.
Duffy plunked
Perkins opened the game by hitting Chris Duffy and walking Jose Bautista. Castillo then drilled a 2-2 pitch high over the fence in left field for his first home run of the spring and a 3-0 Pittsburgh lead.
Perkins was pulled after one inning, allowing three runs, two hits and three walks.
Minnesota's Michael Cuddyer had an RBI single in the third inning, before Burnitz homered off Willie Eyre pitch to put the Pirates up 4-1.
The Twins pulled within one on Terry Tiffee's two-run double to left in the fifth, then tied it on Jason Tyner's RBI single in the seventh.
Mike Johnston pitched a scoreless inning to pick up the save.
Starter Victor Santos, one of six pitchers vying for two vacancies in Pittsburgh's rotation, was in trouble throughout his 21/3 innings but allowed only one run. He gave up five hits, struck out one and walked one.
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