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Final: Twins 4, Pirates 2
WP: Jared Burton (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
LP: Jo-Jo Reyes (1-1, 7.71 ERA)
SV: P.J. Walters (1, 0.00 ERA)
Casey McGehee went 3 for 3 with 2 doubles and an RBI [video of 2nd double]. McGehee was 1 for 8 going into today’s game, so this is a good thing to see.
Erik Bedard started and pitched 3 scoreless innings. He struck out 3 and gave up just 1 hit. Jason Grilli and Juan Cruz also each added a scoreless frame. Joel Hanrahan pitched a 1-2-3 4th inning and struck out 2 batters. He’s faced 6 batters this inning, hasn’t allowed any of them to reach base, and has punched out 4 of them.
Nate McLouth went 2 for 2 with a walk. He’s reached base in all 6 games played so far. Rod Barajas went 1 for 3 with his 2nd double of the spring. Also, if you weren’t aware, based on the video of McGehee’s double above, Barajas is pretty slow. And by pretty slow, I mean really super slow.
Both Bedard and Jo-Jo Reyes had an at bat today. Luckily, both pitchers managed to not get hit in the ...
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FORT MYERS, Fla. Twins right-hander Jason Marquis labored through his first Grapefruit League start on Monday, lasting just 1 23 innings against Boston. He gave up four runs on three hits and walked three batters.
Friday's start against St. Louis was a bit more encouraging for Marquis, who allowed one run on three hits in three innings of work. He didn't labor as deep into...
I completed my first trade with Kyle of Juuust a bit outside. Kyle was in need of some Trifecta assistance, and posted some bait. A certain young centerfielder's autograph appealed to me, and we had ourselves a trade.My first signature of the Pirates' stud centerfielder, who was just rewarded for his stellar play and significant upside with a long-term deal. McCutchen'...
FORT MYERS, Fla. With the New York Yankees in town, the Minnesota Twins rolled out what looked like a potential Opening Day lineup -- for a few hours, at least.
Center fielder Denard Span was scratched from the lineup with a stiff neck just before game time. Span played in just 70 games last season due to a concussion and has also been hampered by vestibular neuritis during his...
With Andrew McCutchen's six-year, $51.5 million extension out of the way, it was signed March 6, the Pirates can reasonably take a look far down the road at what looks like the franchise's most dynamic outfield since Barry Bonds, Andy Van Slyke and Bobby Bonilla.
BRADENTON, Fla. The Minnesota Twins had two games scheduled for Saturday, including their regular Grapefruit League game and a "B" game, both against Pittsburgh. They wanted right-hander Terry Doyle to pitch in the regularly-scheduled game in order to see him against tougher competition.
Doyle was a Rule 5 Draft pick of the Twins this past offseason. If he doesn't...
Final: Pirates 7, Red Sox 4
WP: Shairon Martis (1-1, 0.00 ERA)
LP: Clay Buchholz (1-1, 3.60 ERA)
SV: Tim Wood (1, 0.00 ERA)
Andrew McCutchen went 3 for 3 with 2 doubles off the replica green monster with 2 RBI. Videos of all three hits are here. He tattooed the ball in each at bat.
Jose Tabata went 2 for 4 with 2 doubles [video of his first] and 2 RBI. Clint Barmes also went 2 for...
FORT MYERS, Fla. Ben Revere's speed nearly got him in trouble last year.
As he laced a triple to right field during a mid-July game at Target Field, Revere sprinted around second base and headed for third. But the Twins outfielder was seemingly going too fast and stumbled over his own feet. After a nifty somersault, Revere popped back up in stride and slid safely into third...
FORT MYERS, Fla. Out of the 162 games the Minnesota Twins played last season, manager Ron Gardenhire penciled in 150 different lineups. No batting order was used more than three times all season.
Injuries made it nearly impossible for the Twins to have any semblance of consistency in their lineup, and the spring training leading up to the 2011 season was a precursor. Last spring...
Andrew McCutchen had two RBI doubles and also singled in three at-bats to help the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Boston Red Sox 7-4 in exhibition play Friday night.
McCutchen just missed two homers, doubling off the Green Monster replica in the third and fifth innings.
Right-hander Clay Buchholz started for the Red Sox. He went three innings, allowing two runs on three hits, with...
Danny Valencia hit a three-run homer among his two hits Saturday as the Minnesota Twins broke out of a hitting funk and beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2.
Valencia doubled in the fifth inning and homered in the sixth. It was Twins' first extra-base hit in six games.
The Twins did all their scoring off reliever Jo-Jo Reyes, who allowed four hits and a walk in two innings.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Nick Blackburn pitched three scoreless innings and the Minnesota Twins hit three home runs Sunday to beat a New York Yankees split squad 5-1.
Blackburn gave up three hits without a walk.
Danny Valencia, Joe Benson and Mike Holliman homered for the Twins. Minnesota had hit just three home runs in its first nine exhibition games.
Yankees starter Phil Hughes...