Blackburn sharp again for Twins in loss to Orioles

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FORT MYERS (AP) -- Nick Blackburn had another impressive start, striking out three and allowing just one hit in four scoreless innings for a Minnesota Twins split squad in a 3-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Friday.

The right-hander, who is coming off an inconsistent, injury-slowed 7-10 season, has given up four hits and no runs through seven innings this spring.

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, who struggled late last year with a slight right labrum tear after coming over in a trade from the Rangers, went 2 for 4 with a double to lead the Orioles. He came in hitting .227 for the spring. Chris Parmelee and Ryan Doumit had a pair of hits each for Minnesota.

Chris Tillman got the start for Baltimore and gave up four hits and a run in three innings.