Game 23: Correia struggles in loss to Marlins
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Kevin Correia struggled in his fifth Grapefruit League outing in a rain-shortened 6-2 loss to the Marlins that was called after just five innings on Monday at Hammond Stadium.
With the loss, the Twins fell below .500 at 11-12 this spring. They have Tuesday off but return to action Wednesday night against the Rays.
What went right: Brian Dozier hit his first homer of the spring on a two-run blast off Marlins right-hander Nathan Eovaldi in the first inning.
Catcher Joe Mauer returned to action after playing in the World Baseball Classic and went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles.
Pedro Florimon made another nice play at shortstop, bare-handing a grounder to make the play at first. He’s looked solid there all spring.
What went wrong: Correia ran into trouble in the second inning, as the first six batters he faced that frame reached base.
He was able to settle down after the rocky start to the inning — retiring eight of the last nine batters he faced — but also served up a solo homer to Chris Valaika in the fifth. But he now has a 6.46 ERA in Grapefruit League play.
Right-hander Tim Wood gave up one of the longest homers of the spring on a solo shot by Marlins prospect Christian Yelich that ended up in the pond about 100 feet beyond the right-field fence.
What they said: “You start to press a little bit for it but I have two more before I start the season. But you just want to have one nice one before you get out there so you feel good about yourself. But overall, I feel pretty good about how my arm, my body and my stuff are right now.” — Correia on looking to make a good start before the regular season begins.
What’s next: The Twins have a scheduled day off on Tuesday before returning to action on Wednesday. Right-hander Mike Pelfrey is scheduled to start for the Twins against the Rays in a 7:05 p.m. ET start at Hammond Stadium. Left-hander Matt Moore is scheduled to start for Tampa Bay.
Injury update: Third baseman Trevor Plouffe (strained right calf) is expected to play in a Minor League game on Wednesday. He’ll serve as designated hitter. … Left-hander Scott Diamond (elbow) made his first start of the spring in a Minor League game. He threw two scoreless innings with three strikeouts against Triple-A Pawtucket.