Baker leaves game after 5 with elbow strain

Minnesota Twins right-hander Scott Baker left the game against

Tampa Bay after five innings because of what the team is calling a

mild right elbow strain.

Baker breezed through five innings, giving up one unearned run

on three hits. He struck out three and walked one, throwing 62

pitches in the game. But Phil Dumatrait came out to start the sixth

inning in relief.

The Twins say he will be evaluated on Wednesday.

It’s the latest in a long line of injuries this season for the

Twins. Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Jason Kubel, Jim Thome, Delmon

Young and Denard Span have all spent long stretches on the disabled

list, and the Twins have languished near the bottom of the AL

Central division because of it.