"All we've been looking for is that sinker to start, and you could see the last two innings when he started breaking bats and snapping them in half that his ball was really moving," Gardenhire said. "We saw some good things there."Silva's numbers Friday certainly looked worse than in his previous start when he threw three scoreless innings, but Silva echoed Gardenhire's feelings when he said his stuff felt much better this time around. "The best game I had thrown in a long time was today," Silva said. "My sinker was good today. I was a lot more comfortable with my pitches -- especially with my changeup. " Injury update: Outfielder Lew Ford, recovering from a torn meniscus in right knee, has suffered a setback in his rehabilitation. Just days after the club announced surgery likely wasn't in the outfielder's future, Ford had to shut down a running session when he felt something again in his knee. Gardenhire said he didn't know what the next step would be for Ford but that he would talk more with doctors once the club returned to Fort Myers. Home run bonanza: Infielder Luis Rodriguez isn't known for his power ability with the bat, but he certainly didn't show that Friday. Rodriguez hit as many home runs in the Twins' 8-7 loss as he did all last season, belting two long shots. The infielder's first dinger came in the second inning off Randy Wolf, and his other, a two-run blast, came in the sixth off lefty Scott Elbert. It was a day full of long balls for the Twins as Torii Hunter and Rondell White each delivered homers off Elbert in the sixth as well. Twins tidbits: Despite Silva being inked on paper as the starter for Friday's game, it was Ponson who took to the mound first. Gardenhire said the change was a result of the club feeling like Ponson was a tad anxious to get on the mound and Silva being willing to change. ... First baseman Garrett Jones is 2-for-23 (.087) so far this spring. ... Hunter's .417 average (5-for-12) leads the team's everyday starters. Quotable: "It was hot. With no roof on the dugout, it was smoking in there. Maybe that's what we need -- to take the roof off our dugout so guys can get hot and swing." -- Gardenhire, on the Twins' offensive outburst as they delivered seven runs on 11 hits, including four homers, in Friday's loss Coming up: The Twins will host the Devil Rays at Hammond Stadium on Saturday in a 12:05 p.m. CT contest. Right-hander Ramon Ortiz is scheduled to get the start as he faces Tampa Bay's right-hander Brian Stokes.
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.