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MLB: Minnesota 12, Tampa Bay 5

April 15, 2007 at 1:50 AM

MINNEAPOLIS, April 15 (UPI) -- Michael Cuddyer had three hits, three runs and two RBI Saturday night as the Minnesota Twins trounced Tampa Bay, 12-5.

Cuddyer started the rout with an RBI single in the bottom of the first.

Torii Hunter knocked in three runs with two doubles, Jason Tyner went 3-for-5 with three runs and one RBI, and Joe Mauer had three runs and one hit for the Twins, who have won three of four.

Winner Sidney Ponson (1-1) recorded his first victory in a Minnesota uniform, giving up two earned runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings, with six strikeouts and three walks.

Carlos Pena hit a three-run homer, while Dioner Navarro and B.J. Upton each drove in one run for the Devil Rays, who have lost two of three.

Losing pitcher Edwin Jackson (0-2) yielded five runs -- four earned -- on three hits in three innings.

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