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Twins' Mauer gets hit in first spring at-bat

Joe Mauer swung at the second pitch he saw this spring training and ended up with his first hit, and the Minnesota Twins beat Mike Pelfrey and the New York Mets 4-3 Wednesday.

Mauer, serving as the designated hitter while recovering from offseason surgery on his left knee, singled in three at-bats. The All-Star catcher is expected to play in the field for the first time Thursday in a minor league game.

Pelfrey struck out one and gave up three runs and nine hits in five innings. Twins center fielder Denard Span hit a solo homer off the right-field pole in the third inning to tie it 1-all.

Twins first baseman Justin Morneau went 0 for 3 in his third Grapefruit League game as he recovers from a concussion that has kept him out since early July.