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Twins make first roster cuts of Spring Training

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Twins made their first roster cuts of Spring Training this morning, as they reassigned right-handed pitchers Bryan Augenstein, Nick Blackburn, Alex Meyer, Lester Oliveros and Esmerling Vasquez to Minor League camp.

Blackburn, who underwent surgery on his right wrist in January, and Oliveros, who had Tommy John surgery in August, are both currently out with injuries. Blackburn is expected to return in May while Oliveros is likely out until August, but neither pitcher is on the 40-man roster.

Meyer, who was acquired in the trade that sent Denard Span to the Nationals, was the most impressive pitcher of the group before being reassigned. Meyer, ranked as the No. 40 overall prospect by MLB.com, tossed five scoreless innings in Grapefruit League play with three strikeouts and two walks.

Meyer, 23, is expected to start the season at Double-A New Britain after posting a combined 2.86 ERA with 139 strikeouts and 45 walks in 129 innings split between Class A Hagerstown and Class A Advanced Potomac last season.

Vasquez, who had a 5.68 ERA in six starts with the Twins last season, had a 6.75 ERA in 2 2/3 innings in Spring Training. He’s not on the 40-man roster and is expected to start at Triple-A Rochester.

Augenstein, meanwhile, made only one appearance in Spring Training. The non-roster invite, who pitched for Tampa Bay’s Triple-A affiliate last season, gave up a run in one inning against the Pirates on Feb. 25.

Also, here are the lineups for the Pirates and Twins with Oswaldo Arcia set to make his debut after missing the first 15 games with a strained intercostal muscle.

Pirates (4-10)
1. Starling Marte, LF
2. Travis Snider, RF
3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
4. Gaby Sanchez, 1B
5. Brandon Inge, 3B
6. Clint Robinson, DH
7. Ivan DeJesus Jr., 2B
8. Tony Sanchez, C
9. Jordy Mercer, SS

LHP Jonathan Sanchez (Mike Zagurski, Stolmy Pimental, Vic Black, Brooks Brown, Bryan Morris)

Twins (9-6)
1. Aaron Hicks, CF
2. Eduardo Escobar, 3B
3. Josh Willingham, DH
4. Ryan Doumit, C
5. Oswaldo Arcia, RF
6. Darin Mastroianni, LF
7. Jeff Clement, 1B
8. Brian Dozier, 2B
9. Pedro Florimon, SS

RHP Liam Hendriks (Alex Burnett, Jared Burton, Pedro Hernandez, Luis Perdomo, Caleb Thielbar, Tim Wood)

Game 15: De Vries sets tone in win over Pirates

BRADENTON, Fla. — Right-hander Cole De Vries turned in another solid outing and Ray Olmedo provided the go-ahead RBI single in the seventh inning to help lead the Twins to a 5-4 win over the Pirates on Saturday at McKechnie Field.

The Twins improved to 9-6 with the win and play the Pirates again tomorrow at Hammond Stadium.

What went right: De Vries was solid again, as he’s yet to give up an earned run this spring.

De Vries, making his fourth Spring Training outing, allowed one unearned run on one hit and a walk over three innings against the Pirates. He’s allowed just two hits and a walk in seven scoreless innings so far in Grapefruit League play.

He’s in the mix for the final spot in the rotation but the Twins only need four starters to open the year with a day off after Opening Day. Left-hander Scott Diamond could open the year on the disabled list, however, as he’s not expected to start his first Grapefruit League game until March 18.

Pitching prospect Alex Meyer, who was acquired in the Denard Span trade, was also impressive. He struck out three in three scoreless innings in his second Grapefruit League appearance. He’s expected to start the year at Double-A New Britain but has really turned heads so far in Spring Training.

Darin Mastroianni, in his first game back since suffering a strained left hamstring on Feb. 28, went 2-for-3 with an RBI single. But he was also picked off at first base in the first inning after leading off the game with a single off right-hander A.J. Burnett.

Eduardo Escobar went 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored. He’s been solid this spring with a .375 average while providing solid defense at second, short and third and has a legitimate shot to make the club as a utility player.

And Ray Olmedo, who is also competing for a utility role despite being a non-roster invite, had another good day at the plate by going 2-for-3 to raise his average to .364.

Clete Thomas brought home a run with an infield RBI single with two outs in the ninth. He’s hitting .318 this spring.

What went wrong: Center fielder Joe Benson had another rough day, as he dropped a fly ball in the first inning that eventually led to a run scoring and went 0-for-3 at the plate while leaving four runners on base.

Benson, who is competing for the center field job with Aaron Hicks and Mastroianni, is hitting just .097 this spring with a team-high 11 strikeouts in 36 plate appearances. But he is tied with Joe Mauer for the team lead in walks with five.

Hicks, though, is in the lead in the center field competition while Mastroianni is firmly in second, as he’s hitting .429 but in only six games.

Right-hander Casey Fien fared fine in two innings in relief of De Vries but did serve up a solo shot to Ivan DeJesus Jr. in the fifth.

Fellow right-hander Anthony Slama couldn’t close the door in the ninth inning, as he gave up a two-run single to Brad Hawpe with two outs after loading the bases. Right-hander Virgil Vasquez, who made the trip despite being in Minor League camp, recorded the final out to pick up the save.

What they said: “I take it as though it’s my spot and my spot to lose. I want to go out there and attack and pitch as well as I can. If they staff is looking at it like it’s not my spot and somebody else’s, I want to make it as hard as I can on them. And if it is my spot, I want to prove that there’s no doubt that I deserve it.” — De Vries.

What’s next: The Twins play the Pirates for a second straight day with right-hander Liam Hendriks set to take the mound in a 1:05 p.m. ET start at Hammond Stadium. Hendriks, who is competing for a spot in the rotation, has a 3.38 ERA in three Grapefruit League appearances. Left-hander Jonathan Sanchez is scheduled to start for Pittsburgh.

Injury update: Right fielder Chris Parmelee (tight right groin) isn’t expected to return until Wednesday. The Twins are being cautious with him. … Outfielder Oswaldo Arcia (strained intercostal) could make his Grapefruit League debut on Sunday if all goes well doing his workout on Saturday. … Right-hander Anthony Swarzak (ribs) is expected to throw his first bullpen late this week.

Gardenhire impressed by young arms in camp

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Twins manager Ron Gardenhire got a glimpse of the future today, as he saw Vance Worley and prospects Alex Meyer and Kyle Gibson throw live batting practice to Twins hitters.

Of that group, Worley, who came over in the trade that sent Ben Revere to Philadelphia, is the only lock to make the rotation this spring while Gibson is competing for a spot.

Meyer and Gibson, however, are regarded as two of the better pitching prospects in baseball, as Meyer was ranked by MLB.com as the No. 40 overall prospect while Gibson was ranked No. 49.

“I saw some pretty good arms on my field,” Gardenhire said. “Kids throwing the ball, winging it. Pretty good angles with some pretty good arms. Always fun to watch, get a chance to see them versus hitters. But it’s still just versus our hitters. First time out there, throwing live BP in awhile for these guys, so you have to calm them down a little here and there. Most of them handle themselves pretty well. The younger ones want to show the world.”

Gardenhire said his goal this spring is to try and see as much as he can of the prospects and new additions in camp instead of just relying on scouting reports.

“I’m making my own decisions,” Gardenhire said. “I haven’t seen these guys enough to sit there and read reports and have somebody tell me this or that. I want to see them. I need to see these guys. I want to make my own decisions.”

Here are a few other notes from camp:

– Samuel Deduno was a late addition to the Dominican Republic’s preliminary roster for the World Baseball Classic. The roster is still only tentative but if he remains on the roster, he’ll leave camp in early March.

– Gibson said his live bullpen session went well. He was able to get several swings and misses even though he was telling hitters what was coming.

– I didn’t get a chance to see it but heard great things about the way pitching prospect Jose Berrios looked in his live bullpen session. He’s only in camp because he’s set to participate in the World Baseball Classic for Puerto Rico.

– Trevor Plouffe is still limited by a sore right calf but it didn’t stop him from putting on a show in batting practice. I was told that one long homer to left field hit a car in the parking lot.

– I had a nice conversation with Worley, who explained how crazy it was for him when he was traded to the Twins. He was set to pick up his engagement ring the same day he was traded. You can read the story here.

– I also taped an interview with MLB.com’s video crew today so that should go up at Twinsbaseball.com at some point this week.

And here a few photos from camp:

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