Minnesota Twins defeat Cleveland Indians, 8-3

Bill Smith kept getting good reports in the offseason about how well Francisco Liriano was pitching in winter ball in the Dominican Republic.

However, the Twins general manager wanted to wait until spring training to see how the 26-year-old lefthander would do after going 5-13 with a 5.80 ERA last year. Liriano missed the entire 2007 season after having Tommy John surgery on his left elbow.

After beating the Indians 8-3 on Sunday, Liriano -- acquired from San Francis...

CLEVELAND - Wilson Ramos batted .400 during spring training for the Twins with two home runs, including one off Johan Santana and another that cleared a 30-foot-tall batter's eye in center field, a blast that "might still be going," manager Ron Gardenhire recalled Sunday, before Ramos made his major league debut.

So, yes, the Twins knew Ramos could hit, even if he was batting .179 for Class AAA Rochester. But few could have imagined Ramos getting four hits while handlin...