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Game 3: Twins get first Grapefruit League win

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.

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Lineups for Game 3 vs. the Pirates at Hammond

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Twins fans will get their first chance to see right-hander Vance Worley today at Hammond Stadium.

Worley was acquired in the trade that sent Ben Revere to the Phillies, and has a solid track record as a starter with a career 3.50 ERA despite pitching at Citizens Bank Park. He’ll definitely be worth watching this season, and here’s a story I did on him earlier in spring about where he was when he was traded.

I also talked with Trevor Plouffe, who said he’s totally healthy but they’re just taking it slow with him. He’ll play tomorrow when the Twins play the Blue Jays up in Dunedin.

Ex-Twins reliever Kyle Waldrop could also pitch against his former team today, as he made the trip with the Pirates down from Bradenton.

Here are the lineups for both teams:

Pirates (2-0)
1. Alex Presley, CF
2. Jordy Mercer, SS
3. Travis Snider, LF
4. Jerry Sands, DH
5. Garrett Jones, 1B
6. Matt Hague, 3B
7. Tony Sanchez, C
8. Felix Pie, LF
9. Anderson Hernandez, 2B

RHP Kyle McPherson (Jeanmar Gombez, Phil Irwin, Chris Leroux, Kris Johnson, Kyle Waldrop)

Twins (0-2)
1. Joe Benson, CF
2. Jamey Carroll, 2B
3. Joe Mauer, DH
4. Josh Willingham, LF
5. Justin Morneau, 1B
6. Ryan Doumit, C
7. Wilkin Ramirez, RF
8. Brian Dozier, 2B
9. Ray Olmedo, SS

RHP Vance Worley (Alex Burnett, Casey Fien, Cole De Vries, Samuel Deduno, Esmerling Vasquez, Pedro Hernandez, Michael Tonkin, Bryan Augenstein)

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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