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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.
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)
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)
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.