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Game 6: Hendriks, Morneau lead Twins to victory

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Right-hander Liam Hendriks tossed three scoreless innings and Justin Morneau drove home three runs to help the Twins to a 7-1 win over the Orioles on Thursday at Hammond Stadium.

Hendriks, who was making his second start of the spring and is competing for a spot in Minnesota’s rotation, gave up four hits and struck out two. He improved his ERA to 1.80 ERA in five Grapefruit League innings.

What went right: Hendriks was sharp and is making a case to start the season in the rotation, especially if Scott Diamond (elbow) starts the year on the disabled list.

But he also had a great spring last year and it didn’t translate to the Majors, as evidenced by his 5.59 ERA in 16 starts. Hendriks, though, said he’s made some mechanical adjustments so he’ll definitely be worth watching. He’s been dominant in the Minors, including last year when he had a 2.20 ERA in 16 outings with Triple-A Rochester.

Morneau continued to swing a hot bat, going 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs. He’s hitting .467 with three doubles and seven RBIs this spring. But Josh Willingham has been even better, as he went 2-for-2 and is batting .727 (8-for-11) this spring.

Catcher Joe Mauer, fresh off the announcement that he and his wife, Maddie, are expecting twins, went 2-for-2 with a walk and an RBI. He’s hitting .375 (3-for-8) with a .615 on-base percentage in four games.

Cole De Vries, Alex Burnett, Casey Fien and Anthony Slama each threw a scoreless inning in relief. It was the Grapefruit League debut for May, who was acquired in the Ben Revere trade with Philadelphia. He walked two batters but was able to get out of the jam.

What went wrong: Not too much went wrong for the Twins, who won their fourth straight game.

But reliever Deolis Guerra struggled a bit in the ninth inning, as he gave up a run on a hit and a walk. He’s allowed four runs in 2 1/3 innings this spring.

What they said: “It’s unbelievable. What a blessing. I’m just very excited and very happy. I really couldn’t believe it at first. It’s still kind of a shock. It’s starting to hit me now that we’re starting to tell people. I’m just very excited.” — Mauer said about his wife being pregnant with twins.

What’s next: The Twins are making the trek across the state to play the Marlins in Jupiter on Friday at 1:05 p.m. ET at Roger Dean Stadium. Right-hander Vance Worley, who was acquired in the trade that Ben Revere to Philadelphia, is scheduled to make his second start of the spring for the Twins. Right-hander Henderson Alvarez is slated to start for the Marlins.

Injury update: Outfielder Darin Mastroianni left Thursday’s game against the Orioles in the fourth inning with a sore left hamstring, and is day to day. He tweaked his hamstring on a check swing during his at-bat against Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman. He still managed to hit a double that at-bat but was taken out for pinch-runner Clete Thomas.

View of "B" game at JetBlue Park

View of “B” game at JetBlue Park

Hendriks to start Hammond Stadium opener

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Right-hander Liam Hendriks is scheduled to start the Grapefruit League home opener against the Rays at Hammond Stadium on Sunday, according to Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.

Hendriks, 24, is set to pitch a day after right-hander Kevin Correia starts against the Orioles in the Grapefruit League opener in Sarasota.

Hendriks, who is competing for a spot in the rotation, posted a 5.59 ERA in 16 starts with the Twins and a 2.20 ERA in 16 starts at Triple-A Rochester.

The Twins are also set to play in an instraquad game on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. The game is expected to be six innings and will feature P.J. Walters, B.J. Hermsen, Trevor May, Alex Meyer, Caleb Thielbar, Jose Berrios and Andrew Albers.

“A lot of the kids are going to be throwing in the intrasquad game,” Gardenhire said. “So that’ll be good.”

Here are other notes from camp:

– Third baseman Trevor Plouffe, who is dealing with sore right calf, is participating in running and fielding drills but isn’t expected to make his Grapefruit League debut until next week. Jamey Carroll will see time at third in his absence.

– Gardenhire said he’s not locked in to carrying three catchers like he did most of last season. Here’s what he said about the bench: “We’re going to figure that out as we go here. I know we want a little more something off the bench instead of two utility guys and a backup catcher. I’m going to have a better bench and have a little more weapons.”

– Gardenhire wasn’t pleased with the effort of some pitchers in drills. He said he plans on tightening up practice tomorrow, as only six pitchers are scheduled to throw live bullpens. “Some guys were not locked in. But that happens after doing it for eight days. So we had to stop it and yell.”

– I had a nice conversation with Anthony Slama, who is in big league camp after spending last year in Minor League camp. The Twins need to give him a shot at some point this season, if only because he has a career 1.99 ERA in the Minors and had a 1.39 ERA with 59 strikeouts in 39 innings at Triple-A Rochester last season. Look for a story on him soon.

And here are a few photos:

Twins recall Hendriks from Triple-A Rochester

OAKLAND — The Twins recalled right-hander Liam Hendriks from Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday, and he’s scheduled to start Wednesday against the A’s.

Hendriks is starting in place of right-hander Nick Blackburn, who was outrighted to Triple-A on Monday after struggling this season with a 7.39 ERA in 19 starts.

Hendriks has been impressive in Rochester, posting a 2.20 ERA in 16 starts. He’s also struck out 82 and walked 28 in 106 1/3 innings. His last start came Friday, when he allowed four runs on seven hits over seven innings.

Hendriks, though, has had trouble translating his Minor League success to the Majors, as evidenced by his career 6.71 ERA in 12 big league starts. He’s 0-5 with a 7.04 ERA in eight outings with the Twins this season.

Twins outright Blackburn, Nishioka

OAKLAND — The Twins outrighted struggling right-hander Nick Blackburn to Triple-A Rochester, and will recall a starting pitcher on Tuesday — likely Liam Hendriks — to start on Wednesday against the A’s. In addition Minnesota also outrighted infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka, who will remain on the Rochester roster.

Blackburn was removed from the 40-man roster after having a rough time with the Twins, posting a 7.39 ERA in 19 outings. His last start came Friday, when he gave up five runs on 11 hits over 5 1/3 innings.

He’ll be a starter in Rochester, and Twins assistant general Rob Antony said Blackburn will have to pitch well to be back up with the club again this season, as he’s no longer on the 40-man roster.

“I talked to Nick today, let him know and told him, ‘Go down there, try and get straightened out and when September comes we’ll evaluate the situation,’” Antony said. “There’s no guarantees he’ll come back. We could select him and bring him back if we want, or he could not be back this year — whatever we think is the right situation when the time comes.”

Blackburn is still owed $5.5 million next season, and will have to earn a spot with the club, according to Antony.

“As far as next year goes, he’s still a member of our organization,” Antony said. “I suspect, unless we trade him in the offseason, he’ll be back in spring training trying to win a job on the club.”

With Blackburn out, the Twins need a starter for Wednesday, and it’s expected to be Hendriks, who last pitched for Rochester on Friday. The 23-year-old right-hander has been impressive with the Red Wings with a 2.20 ERA in 16 starts but it hasn’t translated with the Twins, as evidenced by his career 6.71 ERA in 12 outings.

Nishioka, who is also owed $3 million next year, struggled in three games with the Twins this year, going 0-for-12 with two errors and several other misplays in the field.

“I’m sure it’s a pride thing for any player,” Antony said. “No. 1, it’s tough to be in the minor leagues; but No. 2, when you’re taken off the major league roster and 29 other clubs pass on you, it tells you you’re not doing very well.”

The team now has 38 players on its 40-man roster.

Twins recall De Vries, option Hendriks

MINNEAPOLIS — A day after right-hander Liam Hendriks gave up four runs in four-plus innings against the Tigers, the Twins optioned him to Triple-A Rochester. Right-hander Cole De Vries was recalled from Rochester to take his place on the roster.

Hendriks, 23, is winless in 12 career starts with a career 6.71 ERA. He has a 7.04 ERA in eight outings this season.

He appeared in line for his first win on Monday, as he took a 6-1 lead into the fifth inning, but allowed four straight runners to reach base and was pulled from the game in favor of reliever Anthony Swarzak.

De Vries, meanwhile, pitched well against the Royals on Saturday, allowing one run on five hits over six innings. But he was called up that day as the 26th man for a doubleheader and was optioned to Triple-A Rochester after his start.

De Vries is expected to take Hendriks’ spot in the rotation, which means he’s slated to start Saturday against the Rangers in Texas.

Game 6: Mauer catching day game after night game

MINNEAPOLIS — After catching in last night’s 6-5 win over the Angels, Joe Mauer is back behind the plate today with left-hander Francisco Liriano on the mound.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was asked before the game how Mauer felt, and he promptly said that he made the decision without consulting Mauer.

“I didn’t ask,” Gardenhire said with a smile.

Gardenhire also kept Chris Parmelee in at first base and moved him up a few spots behind Josh Willingham. Ben Revere also gets a start in right field.

In other news, Gardenhire also said that right-hander Anthony Swarzak will start against the Rangers on Friday, and that fellow right-hander Liam Hendriks will start Sunday. Right-hander Jason Marquis starts with Double-A New Britain today, and should rejoin the rotation some time next week.

Reliever Kyle Waldrop, on the disabled list with an elbow strain, threw from 120 feet this morning, and is scheduled to throw a bullpen on Sunday.

Angels (2-3)
1. Maicer Izturis, SS
2. Howard Kendrick, 2B
3. Albert Pujols, 1B
4. Torii Hunter, RF
5. Mark Trumbo, DH
6. Vernon Wells, LF
7. Alberto Callaspo, 3B
8. Bobby Wilson, C
9. Peter Bourjos, CF

RHP Dan Haren (1-0, 8.44 ERA)

Twins (1-4)
1. Denard Span, CF
2. Jamey Carroll, SS
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Justin Morneau, DH
5. Josh Willingham, LF
6. Chris Parmelee, 1B
7. Danny Valencia, 3B
8. Ben Revere, RF
9. Alexi Casilla, 2B

LHP Francisco Liriano (0-1, 11.25 ERA)

Game 3: Gardenhire shakes up bottom of order

BALTIMORE — The Twins generally like to give everyone on their roster an opportunity to get playing time early in the season, and so there are two new faces in today’s lineup against the Orioles.

Sean Burroughs is getting the start at third base over Danny Valencia, while Luke Hughes, who is coming off a huge spring, gets the start at second instead of Alexi Casilla.

Joe Mauer is also getting his first start at first base, as Ryan Doumit is set to catch right-hander Anthony Swarzak. Swarzak, who posted a 4.32 ERA in 102 innings last year, is starting with Liam Hendriks out with food poisoning.

We’ll find out more about the decision to start Burroughs and Hughes from Ron Gardenhire later this morning.

Update: Gardenhire said the moves were done simply to get Burroughs and Hughes some playing time. He did say Valencia is continuing to work on his defense, but that wasn’t the reason why Burroughs made the start at third. Hughes also could get starts against lefties moving forward. Trevor Plouffe should be in the starting lineup tomorrow with Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson on the mound.

Twins (0-2)
1. Denard Span, CF
2. Jamey Carroll, SS
3. Joe Mauer, 1B
4. Justin Morneau, DH
5. Josh Willingham, LF
6. Ryan Doumit, C
7. Sean Burroughs, 3B
8. Luke Hughes, 2B
9. Ben Revere, RF

RHP Anthony Swarzak

Orioles (2-0)
1. Endy Chavez, LF
2. J.J. Hardy, SS
3. Nick Markakis, RF
4. Adam Jones, CF
5. Matt Wieters, C
6. Nick Johnson, DH
7. Wilson Betemit, 3B
8. Chris Davis, 1B
9. Robert Andino, 2B

RHP Jason Hammel

Hendriks out with food poisoning, Swarzak to start

BALTIMORE — Twins rookie right-hander Liam Hendriks is in the hospital because of food poisoning, and will miss his scheduled start against the Orioles on Sunday.

Right-hander Anthony Swarzak, who was stretched out to six innings during Spring Training, will start in place of Hendriks.

Hendriks took part in Friday’s Opening Day ceremonies but felt sick later that night, and was admitted to the hospital this morning and will be kept there until Sunday morning.

“It is amazing,” Twins general manager Terry Ryan said with a hint of disbelief. “Everything was fine until he got back home. I guess last night he went in. I don’t know what he had but he’s still in the hospital. He’ll get out tomorrow morning. It’s too bad because the kid did a wonderful job for us this spring. But it shouldn’t take too long to get him back out there.”

Hendriks, 23, posted a 1.80 ERA during Spring Training, and was slated to start with right-handers Scott Baker (elbow) and Jason Marquis (family matter) unavailable to open the season.

But instead the Twins will turn to Swarzak, who also fared well in spring with a 2.93 ERA and was stretched out to be a long reliever or spot starter.

“I was preparing to be a starter for weeks in Spring Training, and was put in a situation where if they need a spot start, I’d be ready to go,” Swarzak said. “It’s unfortunate for Liam to be in the situation he’s in. I hope he gets better as soon as possible because he’s a pretty good pitcher and in the big picture we need as many good pitchers on the staff as we can get.”

Games 29/30: Twins earn split vs. Red Sox, Blue Jays

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Twins earned a split in split-squad action on Friday with a 4-1 win over the Blue Jays in Dunedin and a 9-7 loss to the Red Sox at Hammond Stadium.

The Twins host the Pirates on Saturday with right-hander Anthony Swarzak getting his second start of the spring.

What went right: Both starting pitchers fared well, as Nick Blackburn allowed two runs on five hits over five innings against the Red Sox, while Liam Hendriks gave up just one hit and a walk over five scoreless frames against the Blue Jays.

Blackburn also appears primed to start the home opener against the Angels on April 9, as Scott Baker doesn’t seem likely to be ready to start the season because of his battles with right elbow tendonitis.

Hendriks also established himself as the front-runner to start the club’s third game against the Orioles on April 8, as it doesn’t appear that Jason Marquis will be ready to go because he’s been back home tending to a family issue for more than a week.

On the offensive side, Chris Parmelee homered against the Blue Jays, and continues to make a strong case to be Minnesota’s starting first baseman come Opening Day.

And Justin Morneau had another solid day at the plate, going 1-for-3 with an RBI double while serving as designated hitter yet again. Joe Mauer also went 2-for-3 with a walk to raise his average to .367.

What went wrong: The Twins didn’t exactly pitch well against the Red Sox, as both Jeff Gray and Brian Duensing gave up three runs.

The Twins also made some sloppy plays in the field, including a boneheaded play in the seventh that allowed a run to score from second on a bunt.

Luke Hughes cooled off a bit by going 0-for-5 against Boston, but is still hitting .339 in Grapefruit League play.

What they said: “Figure the math,” Anderson said about Blackburn’s first start this season. “Five days after that, when is he throwing again? It’s the home opener.”

What’s next: Right-hander Anthony Swarzak is set to make his second Grapefruit League start on Sunday against the Pirates at Hammond Stadium. Swarzak, who has a 3.86 ERA this spring, is being stretched out in case Scott Baker and Jason Marquis aren’t ready to start the season. Right-hander Kevin Correia starts for Pittsburgh.

Injury update: Outfielder Trevor Plouffe (strained right hamstring) returned to the lineup on Friday, and went 0-for-3. … Right-hander Kyle Waldrop will be placed on the 15-day disabled list to start the season. He’s suffering from a strained right elbow. … Right-hander Scott Baker is set to pitch in a Minor League game against the Red Sox’s Triple-A club on Saturday. … An MRI taken on Alexi Casilla’s right knee revealed only inflammation. He’s day to day.

Blackburn appears set to start home opener

FORT MYERS, Fla. — After tossing five innings against the Red Sox, Twins right-hander Nick Blackburn said he wasn’t sure when he’ll make his next start.

But pitching coach Rick Anderson said Blackburn’s next outing will be against Class A Advanced Fort Myers on Wednesday, and strongly hinted that he’ll start the home opener against the Angels on April 9 at Target Field.

“Figure the math,” Anderson said. “Five days after that, when is he throwing again? It’s the home opener.”

With Blackburn apparently scheduled to start in the home opener, the Twins are getting close to setting their rotation. Right-hander Carl Pavano will start on Opening Day in Baltimore on April 6 and left-hander Francisco Liriano appears set to start in the club’s second game.

The third starter is up in the air, but right-hander Liam Hendriks is the front-runner to make that start, as Scott Baker (elbow tendonitis) and Jason Marquis (family issue) aren’t likely to be ready to open the season. The Twins don’t need a fifth starter because of the off-day on April 10.

Blackburn didn’t turn his prettiest outing of the spring on Friday, but he was happy he was able to make an in-game adjustment to bounce back after a shaky first few innings against the Red Sox.

He gave up five hits — including a two-run homer to Cody Ross in the second frame — and walked two, but got out of a few key games and settled down after the third.

Through four Grapefruit League outings, Blackburn has a 2.25 ERA with 12 strikeouts and four walks over 16 innings.

“Today was as ugly as it’s been,” Blackburn said. “I was able to do some damage control but most importantly I made an adjustment during a game. Even though this is a spring training game, you still have adrenaline facing a lineup like that, and the fact that you can make an adjustment in the game was a big thing for me right now. I don’t think I could have done that a couple years ago.”

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