Game 25: Worley, Robertson struggle in loss to NYY

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Justin Morneau, Ryan Doumit and Dan Rohlfing homered but it wasn’t enough for the Twins in a 9-7 loss to the Yankees on Friday in front of a record crowd of 8,366 at Hammond Stadium.

With the loss, the Twins fell to 12-13 in Grapefruit League play. They travel to Port Charlotte to face the Rays on Saturday.

What went right: The Twins had plenty of offense, as evidenced by the homers from Morneau, Doumit and Rohlfing.

Third baseman Trevor Plouffe, in his return to Grapefruit League action after missing time with a strained right calf, went 2-for-3 with a run scored. Right fielder Wilkin Ramirez went 3-for-3 with two doubles.

Rule 5 Draft pick Ryan Pressly tossed a scoreless inning and now has an impressive 0.82 ERA this spring. Left-hander Brian Duensing also tossed a scoreless frame to lower his ERA to 4.09. Right-hander Josh Roenicke, who is out of options, also threw a scoreless inning.

What went wrong: Right-hander Vance Worley gave up five runs (four earned) on eight hits over five innings.

He now has a 6.35 ERA this spring, which doesn’t include the two runs he gave up in 3 1/3 innings against Puerto Rico in an exhibition game. He’s still a top candidate to start on Opening Day on April 1 but this start didn’t help his cause.

Left-hander Tyler Robertson likely sealed his fate with a trip to Triple-A Rochester by giving up four runs on five hits in the eighth inning.

What they said: “I think I wrote on the back of my lineup card — ‘Worley: lots of balls up. Not many breakers early. Slow pace.’ Just that type of stuff. Didn’t seem like he did much feel to it. He was really searching on the mound.” — Twins manager Ron Gardenhire

What’s next: Right-hander Kevin Correia is set to make his second-to-last start of the spring for the Twins on Saturday, when they travel to play the Rays in a 1:05 p.m. ET start at Charlotte Sports Park. Left-hander David Price is set to start for Tampa Bay.

Injury update: The Twins placed left-hander Scott Diamond (elbow) and right-hander Anthony Swarzak (ribs) on the 15-day disabled list on Friday, as both pitchers won’t be ready for the start of the season. … Left-hander Rafael Perez threw off a mound for the second time this week.

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