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Santana not sharp against former club

PORT ST. LUCIE — Johan Santana's outing against his former team elicited fond memories if not a positive result.

Santana lasted 31/3 innings, allowing nine hits and five runs in the Mets' 7-3 loss to the Twins on Friday.

"I had a great time over there, great seasons over there," said Santana, whom the Twins traded to the Mets after the 2007 season. "They always find a way to play the game the right way and find the right guys to fill in."

Santana struck out three and walked one. The perennial Cy Young candidate said he threw lots of changeups. Though the location was good on most of the pitches, Santana said, the ones that missed were hit hard.

Twins third baseman Danny Valencia and catcher Wilson Ramos hit second-inning home runs off Santana.

"I'm not just going out there and throw," Santana said. "You've got to pitch and get people out for sure. But at the same time, I'm getting all my work in. I felt pretty good. I'm pain free, and that's the most important part of spring training for me."

Santana said he sometimes has thought about what could have been had he stayed in Minnesota. "But that's not the case now. I'm here and very happy to be here in New York."

Scully out of hospital: Hall of Fame announcer Vin Scully, 82, was released from a Los Angeles-area hospital after bumping his head and will broadcast the Dodgers-Indians game Sunday in Arizona.

Cardinals: First baseman Albert Pujols hit his first home run of the spring, but right-hander Chris Carpenter was pounded for seven runs in a 7-6 loss to the Marlins in Jupiter. Carpenter gave up six runs on seven hits in the first inning.

Giants: Catcher Buster Posey, a former FSU standout, hit a run-scoring double with two outs in the bottom of the eighth in a 7-6 victory over an Indians split squad in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Indians: Catcher Carlos Santana, the team's top prospect, was sent to Triple A.

Mariners: Left-hander Cliff Lee has a lower right abdominal strain and will miss at least a week of spring training.

Marlins: Leftfielder Chris Coghlan, an East Lake High product, singled twice in the first inning of a 7-6 win over a Cardinals split squad in Jupiter.

Nationals: Stephen Strasburg, the team's top pitching prospect, had eight strikeouts in four innings in a 13-5 win over a Cardinals split squad in Viera.

Pirates: Top prospects third baseman Pedro Alvarez and outfielder Jose Tabata were optioned to Triple A. Both are on the 40-man roster and expected to reach the majors this season.

Rangers: Right-hander Tommy Hunter likely will miss opening day with a strained left rib cage muscle. … Slugger Vladimir Guerrero, making his first appearance of the spring in rightfield, went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored in a 12-2 loss to an Indians split squad in Surprise, Ariz.

Red Sox: Right-hander Josh Beckett pitched 31/3 innings after missing a start because of an illness and allowed four runs on six hits in a 9-7 loss to the Pirates in Bradenton. Beckett expects to be ready for the season opener April 4 against the Yankees.

Rockies: Closer Huston Street received encouraging news when the MRI exam on his ailing right shoulder revealed no structural damage. Street, who will open the regular season on the DL, had the exam done Wednesday after feeling tightness in his shoulder.

Royals: Leftfielder Brian Anderson went 5-for-5 with seven RBIs and hit for the cycle in a 24-9 victory over the Diamondbacks in Tucson, Ariz. Anderson, a Tucson native, hit a two-run triple in the first, a double in the second, a two-run single in the third and a two-run homer in the fourth. He doubled in the fifth.

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