Scott Baker returns from injury, gets pounded by Tampa Bay

Baker had a brutal return to the mound giving up a grand slam and another two-run shot as the Twins fell 10-4 to the Rays. Baker was out since earlier this month after tendinitis flared up in his elbow.
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Baker had a brutal return to the mound giving up a grand slam and another two-run shot as the Twins fell 10-4 to the Rays. Baker was out since earlier this month after tendinitis flared up in his elbow.

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