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Game 14: Pelfrey solid again in win over Red Sox

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Right-hander Mike Pelfrey tossed three scoreless innings to help lead the Twins to a 2-0 win in their first night game of Spring Training against the Red Sox at JetBlue Park.

The Twins improved to 8-6 with the victory and travel to Bradenton on Saturday to face the Pirates.

What went right: Pelfrey set the tone, as he had his second straight scoreless appearance for the Twins.

He struggled a bit in the first inning — he loaded the bases after failing to turn two on a comebacker hit by Johnny Gomes — but settled down after that. He had much better command of his sinker and struck out five.

Relievers Brian Duensing, Josh Roenicke, Michael Tonkin and Tyler Robertson combined to throw six scoreless innings. Duensing was particularly impressive, as he threw two perfect innings. Tonkin has also been turning heads this camp, and struck out two in a scoreless inning.

Aaron Hicks continued his recent tear, as he went 1-for-3 with a double and scored on a single from Brian Dozier in the third inning. You can read more about him here. Ryan Doumit also went 2-for-3 with an RBI single in the third.

What went wrong: Not much. The Twins didn’t allow a run and played good defense throughout.

The only mistake was Pelfrey trying to turn a double play instead of just throwing to first base because the runner was stealing second base. But Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said it was also the fault of his infielders, as they should’ve yelled to Pelfrey to throw to first.

Roenicke threw two scoreless innings but did issue two walks. He has a big arm and had a career year with Colorado last season, but needs to work on his control.

What they said: “Pelfrey got his work in. His first inning was a little entertaining. I think he tried to do a little too much with breaking ball and all that. But after that he started trusting his fastball and moved it in and out better the last couple innings. The rest of the guys also threw the ball well.” — Gardenhire.

What’s next: Right-hander Cole De Vries is set to take the mound for the Twins on Saturday against the Pirates in a 1:05 p.m. ET start in Bradenton. De Vries, who is competing for a spot in the rotation, has yet to allow a run in four innings this spring. Right-hander A.J. Burnett is scheduled to start for the Pirates.

Injury update: Right fielder Chris Parmelee (tight right groin) is expected to return to action this weekend. He could be back as early as tomorrow. … Outfielder Darin Mastroianni (sore left hamstring) is expected to return to the lineup against the Pirates tomorrow. … Outfielder Oswaldo Arcia (strained intercostal muscle) is expected to make his Grapefruit League debut this weekend at some point.

Lineups for Twins and Rays at Charlotte Sports Park

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Right-hander Mike Pelfrey is set to make his second Grapefruit League start today against the Rays despite being only 10 months removed from Tommy John surgery on May 1.

Pelfrey is hoping to fare better than his last outing, when he gave up three runs on five hits over 1 2/3 innings against the Blue Jays in Dunedin. He’ll be interesting to watch, as command is usually the hardest and last thing to get back when coming off Tommy John surgery.

But count Twins prospect Kyle Gibson as one of those who has been amazed by Pelfrey’s progress. Gibson had Tommy John in August of 2011, and said he went through the standard rehab process that takes about 12 months instead of the accelerated process that Pelfrey has gone through.

“He said he was ready to go after nine months,” Gibson said. “My recovery was more normal. I was just getting back on the mound after nine months.”

Twins (5-3)
1. Aaron Hicks, CF
2. Brian Dozier, 2B
3. Josh Willingham, DH
4. Ryan Doumit, C
5. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
6. Joe Benson, RF
7. Wilkin Ramirez, LF
8. Jeff Clement, 1B
9. Ray Olmedo, SS

RHP Mike Pelfrey (Jared Burton, Alex Burnett, Casey Fien, Tyler Robertson)

Rays (6-3)
1. Desmond Jennings, CF
2. Kelly Johnson, 2B
3. Evan Longoria, 3B
4. Matt Joyce, LF
5. Yunel Escobar, SS
6. Luke Scott, DH
7. James Loney, 1B
8. Jose Lobaton, C
9. Sam Fuld, RF

LHP David Price (Jamey Wright, Joel Peralta, Jake McGee, J.D. Martin, Felipe Rivero)

Lineups for Twins and Blue Jays in Dunedin

DUNEDIN, Fla. — It’s raining here at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium but it looks the Twins and Blue Jays will still get the game.

Justin Morneau also got his wish, as he’s listed at first base just like he requested yesterday when he texted Twins manager Ron Gardenhire after the game that he’d prefer to play first than serve as designated hitter.

Morneau said he wants to get as many reps in before the World Baseball Classic and cited the long bus ride to Dunedin as a reason why he didn’t want to sit around and just DH.

Third baseman Trevor Plouffe is also in the lineup and is slated to make his Grapefruit League debut after being slowed by a sore right calf.

All three players competing for the job in center field are also in the lineup, as Darin Mastroianni is in left field, Aaron Hicks is in center field and Joe Benson is in right field.

Right-hander Mike Pelfrey is also set to make his first start since undergoing Tommy John surgery on May 1. So I’m sure this will be a special outing for him just to be back out in a game.

Twins (1-2)
1. Aaron Hicks, CF
2. Darin Mastroianni, LF
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
6. Chris Colabello, DH
7. Joe Benson, RF
8. Brian Dozier, 2B
9. Pedro Florimon, SS

RHP Mike Pelfrey (Ryan Pressly, Tyler Robertson, Josh Roenicke, Tim Wood, Anthony Slama, Luis Perdomo, Michael Tonkin, Caleb Thielbar)

Blue Jays (2-2)
1. Emilio Bonafacio, SS
2. Maicer Izturis, 2B
3. Rajai Davis, LF
4. Adam Lind, 1B
5. Henry Blanco, C
6. Ryan Langerhans, RF
7. Sean Ochinko, DH
8. Andy LaRoche, 3B
9. Anthony Gose, CF

LHP Ricky Romero (Steve Delabar, Esmil Rogers, David Bush, Ramon Ortiz, Neil Wagner, Rich Thompson)

Pelfrey pleased with first live bullpen session

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Today marked the first day of live batting practice for Twins pitchers and catchers, and no one was more pleased to participate than right-hander Mike Pelfrey.

Pelfrey, who had Tommy John surgery on May 1, remains ahead of schedule and threw 38 pitches in a live bullpen session against Drew Butera, Wilkin Ramirez and Chris Colabello. He estimated he also threw about 40 more pitches off the mound to warm up.

“I forgot how much fun that was,” Pelfrey said. “It had been a long time. That was my reward for busting my butt the last nine and a half months. I had a blast out there and wanted to keep going. I felt great. It surprised me how well the ball was coming out of my hand.”

Pelfrey said he’s feeling good enough that he’ll be on the same schedule as the rest of the pitchers in camp, as he’s set to throw again on Wednesday and on Friday. He threw all of his pitches in his bullpen session — without the use of the protective L-screen — and was pleased with all of them with the exception of his slider, which he didn’t throw for a strike.

He maintained that’ll he’ll be ready for the start of the season with the Twins set to open on April 1 against the Tigers on Opening Day.

“I’m going to be ready,” Pelfrey said. “I guess it’s hard for some people to believe maybe. But I feel great. There are some doctors who are a little more aggressive. And Dr. James Andrews is that way and that’s who I went to. So I have no doubt in my mind that Opening Day I’ll be on the team.”

Here are some other notes from camp:

– Right-hander Rich Harden, who is coming back from shoulder surgery, took two days off to recover after throwing a bullpen on Saturday but is scheduled to throw again tomorrow. He didn’t suffer a setback but is just taking it slow.

– Third baseman Trevor Plouffe is dealing with a sore right calf and has been limited in early workouts, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. But the injury is minor and he’s only being held out for precautionary reasons. He’s yet to participate in any of the infield drills and hasn’t been running either.

– Gardenhire wouldn’t say who the first starter will be once Grapefruit League play begins on Saturday. He said they’re also working to add “B” games to the schedule against the Red Sox, Rays or Pirates.

– Josh Willingham asked for bunting advice from Rod Carew, who shook his head before giving him some tips. But don’t expect Willingham to bunt in a game because here’s what Gardenhire had to say when asked when he’ll call for Willingham to bunt: “If I’m ever trying to get fired.”

And here are some photos from today’s action:

Notes from a rainy day at Twins camp

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Twins were forced to change their workout plans today because of rain but manager Ron Gardenhire said everyone was still able to get their work in.

All 16 pitchers scheduled to throw bullpens, including Mike Pelfrey, Liam Hendriks, Tim Wood, Anthony Slama and Trevor May, were able to throw off the mound near the club’s Minor League complex.

The catchers — and the other position players who are here early in camp — hit in the batting cages while pitchers were able to work on their bunting.

“We got just about everything done except for some of the fundamentals like covering first base,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “But we do that a lot so we’re OK.”

The Twins also made some news today, as they signed left-hander Rafael Perez to a Minor League deal with an invite to Spring Training. Perez is expected to get here on Saturday.

In an interesting move, the Twins are planning on stretching out Perez despite the fact he was used as a reliever during his time with the Indians. But he’s also coming off shoulder surgery in September so it’ll be interesting to see how he fares this spring. But it’s a low-risk deal on a guy with a combined 3.14 ERA dating back to 2010.

Here are a few other notes from camp:

– Pelfrey said his bullpen session went just fine and actually threw about 55 pitches, which is more than most pitchers at this point in camp. But he said he’ll be on the same schedule as everyone else this spring and has no doubts he’ll be ready for Opening Day despite undergoing Tommy John surgery in May.

– Kyle Gibson, who is also coming off Tommy John surgery, said he won’t be facing any restrictions this spring either. He threw his first official bullpen yesterday and reported no problems.

– Catcher Joe Mauer said he was impressed by both Tim Wood and Josh Roenicke in bullpen sessions today. Wood is one to watch for this spring, as he was named the International League reliever of the year the last two seasons. And Roenicke is coming off a career year, as he posted a 3.25 ERA in 88 2/3 innings with the Rockies.

– Gardenhire said Twins pitchers will start throwing live bullpens starting on Monday. Position players are required to report tomorrow with the first full squad workouts set for Saturday morning.

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