February 2013

Game 6: Hendriks, Morneau lead Twins to victory

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Right-hander Liam Hendriks tossed three scoreless innings and Justin Morneau drove home three runs to help the Twins to a 7-1 win over the Orioles on Thursday at Hammond Stadium.

Hendriks, who was making his second start of the spring and is competing for a spot in Minnesota’s rotation, gave up four hits and struck out two. He improved his ERA to 1.80 ERA in five Grapefruit League innings.

What went right: Hendriks was sharp and is making a case to start the season in the rotation, especially if Scott Diamond (elbow) starts the year on the disabled list.

But he also had a great spring last year and it didn’t translate to the Majors, as evidenced by his 5.59 ERA in 16 starts. Hendriks, though, said he’s made some mechanical adjustments so he’ll definitely be worth watching. He’s been dominant in the Minors, including last year when he had a 2.20 ERA in 16 outings with Triple-A Rochester.

Morneau continued to swing a hot bat, going 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs. He’s hitting .467 with three doubles and seven RBIs this spring. But Josh Willingham has been even better, as he went 2-for-2 and is batting .727 (8-for-11) this spring.

Catcher Joe Mauer, fresh off the announcement that he and his wife, Maddie, are expecting twins, went 2-for-2 with a walk and an RBI. He’s hitting .375 (3-for-8) with a .615 on-base percentage in four games.

Cole De Vries, Alex Burnett, Casey Fien and Anthony Slama each threw a scoreless inning in relief. It was the Grapefruit League debut for May, who was acquired in the Ben Revere trade with Philadelphia. He walked two batters but was able to get out of the jam.

What went wrong: Not too much went wrong for the Twins, who won their fourth straight game.

But reliever Deolis Guerra struggled a bit in the ninth inning, as he gave up a run on a hit and a walk. He’s allowed four runs in 2 1/3 innings this spring.

What they said: “It’s unbelievable. What a blessing. I’m just very excited and very happy. I really couldn’t believe it at first. It’s still kind of a shock. It’s starting to hit me now that we’re starting to tell people. I’m just very excited.” — Mauer said about his wife being pregnant with twins.

What’s next: The Twins are making the trek across the state to play the Marlins in Jupiter on Friday at 1:05 p.m. ET at Roger Dean Stadium. Right-hander Vance Worley, who was acquired in the trade that Ben Revere to Philadelphia, is scheduled to make his second start of the spring for the Twins. Right-hander Henderson Alvarez is slated to start for the Marlins.

Injury update: Outfielder Darin Mastroianni left Thursday’s game against the Orioles in the fourth inning with a sore left hamstring, and is day to day. He tweaked his hamstring on a check swing during his at-bat against Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman. He still managed to hit a double that at-bat but was taken out for pinch-runner Clete Thomas.

View of "B" game at JetBlue Park

View of “B” game at JetBlue Park

Game 5: Offense helps Twins to third straight win

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Minnesota’s offense erupted for 17 hits en route to a 12-5 win over the Phillies on Wednesday at Hammond Stadium.

Ryan Doumit crushed a three-run shot to lead the way while Aaron Hicks had another impressive day at the plate by going 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Josh Willingham also went 3-for-3 and is hitting .667 (6-for-9) this spring.

What went right: The offense was the story of the day, as Twins hitters were locked in against the Phillies.

Doumit came into the game hitless in five at-bats but ended up going 2-for-3, including a three-run blast off right-hander Kyle Simon. Hicks had his second straight two-RBI game and is now hitting .400 this spring.

Willingham continued to swing a hot bat with three hits while Trevor Plouffe went 1-for-3 with an RBI single in his second Grapefruit League game. Wilkin Ramirez and Mark Sobolewski both had two-hit games with Sobolewski getting three RBIs.

Left-hander Brian Duensing tossed 1 2/3 hitless innings in relief of Kevin Correia and earned praise from manager Ron Gardenhire. Closer Glen Perkins also threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief in his second-to-last appearance before he heads to Arizona on Sunday to join Team USA for the World Baseball Classic.

P.J. Walters, Andrew Albers and Caleb Thielbar each threw a scoreless inning in relief.

What went wrong: Correia was mostly shaky, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks over 2 1/3 innings. He was slated to go three innings but couldn’t get through it, as he needed 49 pitches to record seven outs.

Correia said he wasn’t worried about his outing and it’s hard to blame him if he had much more on his mind, considering he’s flying back to San Diego tonight to attend the birth of his third child.

Reliever Jared Burton got hit hard, as he surrendered two runs on three hits while recording just two outs. But there’s not much to worry about with Burton, as he’s a lock to be the club’s top setup man to Perkins this season.

The Twins were sloppy in the field at times and committed two errors with both first baseman Chris Colabello and second baseman Ray Olmedo being charged with errors. Chris Parmelee had one errant throw from right field trying to get a runner going from first to third in the first inning but made up for it by getting Kevin Frandsen at third base as he attempted to reach third from first on a single from Pete Orr in the second inning.

What they said: “It was a long ballgame but long ballgames are good when you score more than the other guys and we did that. There was some ugliness out there with some plays being missed. But we also swung the bats really well today and ran around the bases, which is fun to see.” — Gardenhire said.

What’s next: Right-hander Liam Hendriks is slated to make his second Grapefruit League start on Thursday against the Orioles at 1:05 E.T. at Hammond Stadium. Hendriks gave up one run on two hits over two innings in his first outing against the Rays on Sunday. Right-hander Jair Jurrjens is set to start for Baltimore. The Twins are also playing in a “B” Game against the Red Sox with right-hander Samuel Deduno set to start for the Twins. Jose Berrios, Alex Meyer and B.J. Hermsen are also scheduled to pitch for Minnesota.

Injury update: Left-hander Scott Diamond (elbow) is set to throw his first full bullpen session on Thursday. … Right-hander Anthony Swarzak (ribs) is scheduled to play catch for the first time on Thursday.

Lineups for the Twins and Phillies at Hammond

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Twins will get a chance to see Ben Revere in a Phillies uniform, as he’s making the trip to Hammond Stadium and leading off and starting in center field for Philadelphia.

The Twins, though, are countering with prospect Aaron Hicks getting the start in center field and leading off after he had a nice game in Dunedin yesterday with two hits, including a double off the wall.

Justin Morneau is also playing in his fourth straight game but is starting at designated hitter after three games at first base. But he’s showing he’s very serious about playing in the World Baseball Classic by playing in so many games in a row this spring.

Chris Colabello is starting at first base with Morneau serving as DH. Look for a feature today on Colabello, who might be the happiest guy to be in big league camp after spending seven years in an independent league before playing with Double-A New Britain last season.

Right-hander Kevin Correia is also making the start for the Twins today but is scheduled to fly back home to San Diego after the game to attend the birth of his third child. He’ll be back on Sunday and will throw a bullpen before rejoining the rotation.

With Correia in San Diego, prospect Kyle Gibson is set to make his first Grapefruit League start on Saturday against the Red Sox. Gibson was impressive on Sunday against the Rays, throwing two scoreless innings with his fastball hitting 96 mph according to the scoreboard at Hammond Stadium.

Phillies (1-2)
1. Ben Revere, CF
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Domonic Brown, LF
4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. Carlos Ruiz, C
6. John Mayberry, RF
7. Kevin Frandsen, 3B
8. Yuniesky Betancourt, 2B
9. Pete Orr, DH

LHP John Lannan (Adam Morgan, Antonio Bastardo, B.J. Rosenberg, Justin De Fratus)

Twins (2-2)
1. Aaron Hicks, CF
2. Jamey Carroll, 2B
3. Josh Willingham, LF
4. Justin Morneau, DH
5. Ryan Doumit, C
6. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
7. Chris Parmelee, RF
8. Chris Colabello, 1B
9. Pedro Florimon

RHP Kevin Correia (Jared Burton, Glen Perkins, Brian Duensing, P.J. Walters, Caleb Thielbar, Anthony Slama)

Game 4: Center field candidates lead Twins to win

FORT MYERS, Fla. — All three Twins players competing for the center field spot this spring started against the Blue Jays and made an impact in the Twins’ 8-4 win on Tuesday at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.

Darin Mastroianni, Aaron Hicks and Joe Benson started in left, center and right field, respectively, and combined to go 4-for-12 with four RBIs, three runs and a walk.

What went right: Mastroianni, Hicks and Benson all looked good at the plate and displayed plenty of speed in the outfield tracking down fly balls.

Benson absolutely crushed a two-run homer in the second inning off Blue Jays left-hander Ricky Romero. Hicks also picked up two hits and just narrowly missed a homer, as he doubled off the right-field wall in the fourth and came around to score on a single from Mastroianni. Hicks later added an RBI single to center in the fourth.

Prospect Eddie Rosario also smashed a two-run blast in the seventh inning off Dave Bush. It was the first career Grapefruit League homer for Rosario, who is only in camp because he’s going to play for Team Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic.

Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau both fared well offensively, as Morneau went 2-for-4 with an RBI double while Mauer went 1-for-2 with two walks. Trevor Plouffe added an RBI single and a walk in his debut after missing the first three games with a sore right calf.

Relievers Ryan Pressly, Tim Wood, Josh Roenicke, Michael Tonkin and Luis Perdomo combined to throw 6 2/3 scoreless innings. Wood tossed two scoreless while Tonkin was overpowering in the eighth inning.

What went wrong: It’s hard to be too critical about just the first outing for right-hander Mike Pelfrey since he underwent Tommy John surgery on May 1 but he did give up three runs on five hits over 1 2/3 innings.

Pelfrey, whose fastball usually averages about 92 mph, was throwing his fastball at about 88 mph but said he’s not worried about velocity at this point in Spring Training. He said that he was only 82-84 mph in his first spring start last year before getting to 92-94 mph by the time the regular season started.

Mastroianni made a baserunning mistake in the in the fourth inning, when he tried to steal third with two outs and Morneau at-bat. He was caught stealing on the play and ended the inning. He’s an aggressive baserunner but he has to know the risk of getting caught at third with two outs outweighs the benefit of stealing third, especially with Morneau at the plate, as he’d score from second on a single with two outs anyways.

Left-hander Tyler Robertson served up his second homer of the spring on a solo blast to Andy LaRoche in the seventh inning.

I wouldn’t call it something going wrong but something very unusual happened in the first inning, when Romero got Mauer to pop up to catcher Henry Blanco. It’s an extremely rare thing considering Mauer has only popped up once over the last two seasons in 974 plate appearances, according to Fangraphs.com. For perspective, Jimmy Rollins popped out 42 times last year in 699 plate appearances.

What they said: “It was good. The defense played well. Couple balls out of the ballpark. Caught the ball. Only had one play that wasn’t great, Mastroianni trying to steal third there with Mornie up, in front of Canadian fans and everything. He just lost his head. So we straightened that out, and we’re OK.” — Gardenhire said.

What’s next: Right-hander Kevin Correia is set to take the mound for the second time this spring, when he starts against the Phillies in a 1:05 p.m. ET start at Hammond Stadium. Correia, who gave up a run on two hits over two innings in his first start, is scheduled to fly home to San Diego after the game to attend the birth of his third child. Left-hander John Lannan starts for the Phillies.

Injury update: Plouffe said he’s 100 percent and won’t be limited by his sore calf moving forward. But he said he’s hoping to test it out more, as no one hit the ball his way in his four innings at third base.

Lineups for Twins and Blue Jays in Dunedin

DUNEDIN, Fla. — It’s raining here at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium but it looks the Twins and Blue Jays will still get the game.

Justin Morneau also got his wish, as he’s listed at first base just like he requested yesterday when he texted Twins manager Ron Gardenhire after the game that he’d prefer to play first than serve as designated hitter.

Morneau said he wants to get as many reps in before the World Baseball Classic and cited the long bus ride to Dunedin as a reason why he didn’t want to sit around and just DH.

Third baseman Trevor Plouffe is also in the lineup and is slated to make his Grapefruit League debut after being slowed by a sore right calf.

All three players competing for the job in center field are also in the lineup, as Darin Mastroianni is in left field, Aaron Hicks is in center field and Joe Benson is in right field.

Right-hander Mike Pelfrey is also set to make his first start since undergoing Tommy John surgery on May 1. So I’m sure this will be a special outing for him just to be back out in a game.

Twins (1-2)
1. Aaron Hicks, CF
2. Darin Mastroianni, LF
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
6. Chris Colabello, DH
7. Joe Benson, RF
8. Brian Dozier, 2B
9. Pedro Florimon, SS

RHP Mike Pelfrey (Ryan Pressly, Tyler Robertson, Josh Roenicke, Tim Wood, Anthony Slama, Luis Perdomo, Michael Tonkin, Caleb Thielbar)

Blue Jays (2-2)
1. Emilio Bonafacio, SS
2. Maicer Izturis, 2B
3. Rajai Davis, LF
4. Adam Lind, 1B
5. Henry Blanco, C
6. Ryan Langerhans, RF
7. Sean Ochinko, DH
8. Andy LaRoche, 3B
9. Anthony Gose, CF

LHP Ricky Romero (Steve Delabar, Esmil Rogers, David Bush, Ramon Ortiz, Neil Wagner, Rich Thompson)

Game 3: Twins get first Grapefruit League win

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Justin Morneau hit a three-run double and Chris Colabello provided the go-ahead run with an RBI single in the eighth inning to help lead the Twins to their first Grapefruit League victory of the year in a 5-4 win over the Pirates on Monday at Hammond Stadium.

Morneau laced a bases-clearing double to left-center field off of Pirates right-hander Jeanmar Gomez in the fourth inning, after Jamey Carroll singled and both Joe Mauer and Josh Willingham walked with nobody out. Morneau later came around to score on an RBI single from Brian Dozier off of right-hander Brooks Brown.

What went right: Morneau hit two balls hard, as he lined into a double play at first base in his first at-bat before bringing home three runs with a double in the fourth. He’s feeling healthy and is set to play in his third straight game tomorrow against the Blue Jays in Dunedin. He’s currently scheduled to bat fourth and serve as designated hitter but texted Twins manager Ron Gardenhire during his media session that he wants to play first tomorrow. So we’ll see where he plays.

Carroll has looked solid this spring, and went 1-for-3 while sparking Minnesota’s four-run rally in the fourth with a leadoff single. Josh Willingham went 1-for-2 and is batting .500 this spring. And Colabello had the game-winning RBI single in the eighth a day after tying up the game the day before with an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth in Minnesota’s eventual 10-7 loss to the Rays.

Right-hander Vance Worley looked sharp in his debut, throwing two scoreless frames despite not throwing his split-finger or his changeup. He’s going to be a big key to the rotation this season after joining the club via the trade that sent Ben Revere to the Phillies.

Samuel Deduno, Cole De Vries and Pedro Hernandez each threw a scoreless inning in relief. Hernandez tossed a scoreless ninth to pick up the save.

What went wrong: Alex Burnett, Casey Fien, Bryan Augenstein and Esmerling Vasquez each gave up a run in relief. Vasquez gave up the hardest hit ball, as he served up a game-tying homer to Jose Tabata in the seventh inning.

Eduardo Escobar dropped pop-up hit by Lucas may in foul territory in the eighth inning with Cole De Vries on the mound. The play would’ve ended the inning and May ended up capitalizing by doubling on a bloop to left. But De Vries was able to get out of the jam.

What they said: “I liked it. He looks like a gunslinger out there with his windup. He looks like he’s going to draw a pistol. I always like guys like that. And then he delivered, too. He was as advertised.” — Gardenhire said about Worley.

What’s next: Right-hander Mike Pelfrey, who is coming off Tommy John surgery in May, is set to make his Twins debut on Tuesday at 1:05 p.m. ET against the Blue Jays in Dunedin. Mauer and Morneau are also set to play against Toronto, as they’re gearing up for the World Baseball Classic. The Blue Jays are set to start left-hander Ricky Romero.

Injury update: Third baseman Trevor Plouffe (strained right calf) is scheduled to play in his first Grapefruit League game tomorrow against the Blue Jays in Dunedin.

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Lineups for Game 3 vs. the Pirates at Hammond

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Twins fans will get their first chance to see right-hander Vance Worley today at Hammond Stadium.

Worley was acquired in the trade that sent Ben Revere to the Phillies, and has a solid track record as a starter with a career 3.50 ERA despite pitching at Citizens Bank Park. He’ll definitely be worth watching this season, and here’s a story I did on him earlier in spring about where he was when he was traded.

I also talked with Trevor Plouffe, who said he’s totally healthy but they’re just taking it slow with him. He’ll play tomorrow when the Twins play the Blue Jays up in Dunedin.

Ex-Twins reliever Kyle Waldrop could also pitch against his former team today, as he made the trip with the Pirates down from Bradenton.

Here are the lineups for both teams:

Pirates (2-0)
1. Alex Presley, CF
2. Jordy Mercer, SS
3. Travis Snider, LF
4. Jerry Sands, DH
5. Garrett Jones, 1B
6. Matt Hague, 3B
7. Tony Sanchez, C
8. Felix Pie, LF
9. Anderson Hernandez, 2B

RHP Kyle McPherson (Jeanmar Gombez, Phil Irwin, Chris Leroux, Kris Johnson, Kyle Waldrop)

Twins (0-2)
1. Joe Benson, CF
2. Jamey Carroll, 2B
3. Joe Mauer, DH
4. Josh Willingham, LF
5. Justin Morneau, 1B
6. Ryan Doumit, C
7. Wilkin Ramirez, RF
8. Brian Dozier, 2B
9. Ray Olmedo, SS

RHP Vance Worley (Alex Burnett, Casey Fien, Cole De Vries, Samuel Deduno, Esmerling Vasquez, Pedro Hernandez, Michael Tonkin, Bryan Augenstein)

Game 2: Twins drop opener at Hammond Stadium

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Twins rallied for five runs in the ninth inning to force extra innings but the Rays scored three runs off Deolis Guerra in the 10th to hand Minnesota a 10-7 loss in the Hammond Stadium opener on Sunday.

Guerra gave up an RBI single to Leslie Anderson with two outs before serving up a two-run blast to Mark Thomas. It ruined a late rally by the Twins in the ninth inning. Brandon Boggs started it with a three-run blast off reliever Jim Patterson with nobody out in the ninth before Wilkin Ramirez brought home a run with an RBI ground out. Chris Colabello tied it up with an RBI single to score Darin Mastroianni, who served as a pinch-runner and stole second base.

What went right: Twins starter Liam Hendriks was mostly solid in his spring debut, as he gave up a run on two hits and a walk over two innings. He gave up the run on a double to Fontenot and said it came because he slowed his arm too much on a changeup.

Closer Glen Perkins tossed a scoreless inning and struck out the first two batters he faced on just six pitches. He worked in his slider, which he usually waits to develop later in camp, because he wants it to be sharp for the World Baseball Classic.

Right-hander Kyle Gibson threw two scoreless frames and looked very impressive. It was the first time he’d pitched in a Grapefruit League game since undergoing Tommy John surgery and hit 96 mph on the Hammond Stadium radar gun. It impressed Ron Gardenhire so much he joked that he doesn’t want him to pitch again this spring so that it won’t affect his innings limit this season.

Jamey Carroll brought home a run with an RBI double in the second while Chris Parmelee doubled on his 25th birthday. Prospect Eddie Rosario added an RBI single in the fifth.

Boggs crushed a three-run homer in the ninth inning against Rays left-hander Jim Patterson with nobody out to help jump start Minnesota’s late rally.

What went wrong: Brian Duensing struggled in his debut, giving up three runs but wasn’t helped by his defense either. Justin Morneau made an error at first that led to a run.

Anthony Slama also didn’t fare well, as he wasn’t able to get through the eighth inning. He gave up three runs on two walks and two hits. But he also wasn’t helped by his defense, as Rosario made an error early in the inning.

Guerra got the last out of the ninth inning but was forced to come back out for the 10th after the Twins tied it up and struggled. He gave up three runs on two hits and a walk over 1 1/3 innings.

What they said: “What did I like out there? That question could blow up the internet. It was a long day and a lot of baseball. So we got a lot of innings and pitching in. We got some swings and had a nice rally there. And some kids threw the ball pretty well over in the intrasquad today and over here. So there were a lot of good things but a lot of long things, too.” — Gardenhire.

What’s next: Right-hander Vance Worley is set to make his Twins debut on Monday, when they host the Pirates at 1:05 p.m. at Hammond Stadium. Worley, who was acquired in the trade that sent Ben Revere to the Phillies, is expected to throw two innings or about 40 pitches. Right-hander Kyle McPherson is scheduled to start for the Pirates.

Injury update: Trevor Plouffe (calf) is expected to make his Grapefruit League debut on Tuesday, according to general manager Terry Ryan. He didn’t suffer a setback and the Twins are just taking it slow with him. … Oswaldo Arcia is expected to be out about a week with a strained intercostal muscle. … Anthony Swarzak (ribs) ran for the first time on Saturday and could start playing catch on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Lineups for Hammond Stadium opener/intrasquad

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Hammond Stadium opener is this afternoon at 12:05 p.m. CT but the Twins are also set to host an intrasquad game on Field 3 at 9 a.m. CT.

Just about every position player in camp is expected to play today except outfielder Oswaldo Arcia, who is out with a pulled intercostal muscle.

Trevor Plouffe was expected to play in the intrasquad game but wasn’t in the lineup. But he is taking batting practice on the main field so there’s a chance he could come in later in the game. But I didn’t get a chance to talk to him so I’m not sure if they’re just giving him an extra day off. So I’ll do my best to keep you posted on Plouffe.

Here are the lineups:

Twins vs. Rays:
1. Aaron Hicks, CF
2. Jamey Carroll, 2B
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Josh Willingham, LF
5. Justin Morneau, 1B
6. Chris Parmelee, RF
7. Jeff Clement, DH
8. Ray Olmedo, 3B
9. Pedro Florimon, SS

RHP Liam Hendriks (Glen Perkins, Jared Burton, Brian Duensing, Kyle Gibson, Bryan Augenstein, Anthony Slama, Luis Perdomo, Deolis Guerra

Intrasquad lineups
1. Darin Mastroianni, CF
2. Eddie Rosario, 2B
3. Brian Dinkelman, RF
4. Wilkin Ramirez, LF
5. Mark Sobolewski, 3B
6. Chris Herrmann, DH
7. Drew Butera, 1B
8. Danny Santana, SS
9. Eric Fryer, C
10. Danny Lehmann (extra DH)

RHP Trevor May (Jose Berrios, Caleb Thielbar, Andrew Albers)

1. Eduardo Escobar, SS
2. Brian Dozier, 2B
3. Joe Benson, CF
4. Chris Colabello, 1B
5. Clete Thomas, RF
6. Josmil Pinto, DH
7. Brandon Boggs, LF
8. Dan Rohlfing (extra DH)
9. Kyle Knudson, C
10. James Beresford, 3B

RHP P.J. Walters (Alex Meyer, B.J. Hermsen)

Game 1: Twins drop Grapefruit League opener

SARASOTA, Fla. — Josh Willingham hit a two-run homer but Tyler Robertson gave up a two-run homer to Trayvon Robinson to hand the Twins a 5-3 loss to the Orioles in the Grapefruit League opener for both teams at Ed Smith Stadium.

Right-hander Kevin Correia also made his Twins debut, allowing one run on two hits and a walk over two innings.

What went right: It was only the first game but Willingham picked right up where he left off last year when he hit 35 homers en route to winning the Silver Slugger Award. He went 2-for-2, including a two-run blast off Tommy Hunter in the third inning.

Eduardo Escobar, who is known more for his defense, looked good at the plate by going 2-for-3 while Darin Mastroianni doubled to lead off the third before scoring on Willingham’s homer.

Clete Thomas knocked in a run in the sixth on an infield single to score prospect Eddie Rosario, who led off the frame with a single off T.J. McFarland. Thomas ended up going 2-for-2.

Correia fared well, as both he hits he gave up weren’t hit hard. He gave up a double to Matt Wieters on a ball that looped down the line and an infield single to Chris Davis.

Relievers Ryan Pressly and Tim Wood looked sharp, as they both threw scoreless innings. Both guys have big arms and will be worth watching this spring, as Pressly is a Rule 5 pick from the Red Sox while Wood is out of Minor League options.

What went wrong: Robertson gave up a two-run blast to Robinson after walking Russ Canzler to open the inning. He was falling behind in the count early but settled down after the homer.

Fellow reliever Josh Roenicke gave up a run on two hits and a walk in his one inning of work. He’s also worth watching this spring, as he’s out of Minor League options as well. He put up a shiny 3.25 ERA in 88 2/3 innings with the Rockies last season, which is impressive considering their home park, but his peripheral stats weren’t as good. He struck out 54 and walked 43 with a 1.44 WHIP.

Reliever Shairon Martis, who is in camp because he’s pitching for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic, gave up a run on three hits over two innings.

Rosario had a chance to get two runners out at home plate on a relay play in the fifth but dropped his hands and looked before throwing home, so the Twins were able to only get one out at the plate.

What they said: “We actually put some nice swings on the ball. Some atom balls, which is a good thing. The pitchers did a nice job. But Robby did the Cardinal Sin, walking the first guy. So it stopped the game and they ended up hitting a home run off him after he fell behind. But it was just the first time out so we’ll get better,” — Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.

What’s next: The Twins are set to host the Hammond Stadium opener against the Rays on Sunday with right-hander Liam Hendriks on the mound. Catcher Joe Mauer and first baseman Justin Morneau, who didn’t make the trip to Sarasota on Saturday, are also expected to make their Grapefruit League debuts. The Twins are also scheduled to host an intasquad game Sunday morning that will feature several younger players and prospects such as Alex Meyer, Trevor May, B.J. Hermsen and Jose Berrios.

Injury update: Third baseman Trevor Plouffe (strained right calf) could play in tomorrow’s intrasquad game. He’s been cleared by Twins doctors, as they told Gardenhire he has no limitations. … Outfield prospect Oswaldo Arcia pulled his intercostal muscle yesterday and the Twins aren’t sure when he’ll return. But the injury is expected to be minor.

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