Twins host intrasquad game at Hammond Stadium

FORT MYERS, Fla. — After 10 days of workouts, the Twins finally saw some game action on Thursday with an eight-inning intrasquad game at Hammond Stadium on Thursday.

Right-handers Phil Hughes and Kevin Correia started opposite each other, and both fared well by throwing two scoreless innings.

Hughes, who joined the club on a three-year, $24 million deal this offseason, threw two scoreless innings with four strikeouts — including strikeouts of top prospects Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano. Hughes, whose fastball was at about 91-92 mph, was pleased with the results, as he threw 20 of his 26 pitches for strikes. He also said he worked in seven or eight curveballs, which is important for him, as he’s scrapping his slider this year in favor of his curveball and a cutter.

“I was just trying to attack the zone,” Hughes said. “It was good to see some live hitters for the first time so that was a positive. … To be able to be in a game setting and see some hitters and some swings was good. Throwing strikes and staying within my mechanics was the biggest thing.”

Correia, was the club’s most consistent starter last season with a 4.18 ERA in 31 starts, didn’t allow a hit, striking out one and walking one, while throwing 23 pitches with 13 going for strikes.

“It was good,” Correia said. “I’ve thrown to some live hitters but it isn’t the same as being in a game situation and trying to make some pitches. It was a good process in the step of getting ready.”

Here are some more notes from today’s intrasquad:

– Catcher Josmil Pinto was cleared to play in the game after being limited by a sore back this week. Pinto caught with right-hander Anthony Swarzak on the mound, and walked in his lone plate appearance.

– Outfielder Wilkin Ramirez fared well, going 2-for-4 with a three-run homer off right-hander Lester Oliveros. Second baseman James Beresford also had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run. Shortstop Danny Santana and right fielder Max Kepler also had two hits each.

– Third baseman Miguel Sano, who suffered a strained elbow this offseason, made several nice plays at third base and had no issues throwing during Thursday’s intrasquad game. He went 0-for-2 at the plate with a strikeout while reaching on a throwing error from shortstop Danny Santana. Fellow top prospect Byron Buxton went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts and a walk.

Also, on a side note, the blog will be very active once Grapefruit League play starts tomorrow against the Red Sox at 1:05 p.m. ET at JetBlue Park. I’ll be doing daily roundups, which will be similar in style to last year’s with photos as well.

Here are some of my favorite photos I’ve taken in the last 10 days while the Twins have been working out at the Lee County Sports Complex.

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