SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- It doesn't matter if it's February or September, a couple of innings just to get the arm loose or a big-time start in a pennant race, Kevin Correia doesn't want to come out of the game.
It's why the Minnesota Twins veteran right-hander found himself grinding during Saturday's Grapefruit League opener against the Baltimore Orioles. Two hits, a sacrifice fly and a walk in the second inning had Correia working a little longer than expected in his debut with the Twins.
Sensing he was about to get pulled, Correia did his best to keep manager Ron Gardenhire in the dugout.
"I just got on the rubber as quick as I can and try and try to throw another pitch before they can get out there," Correia said with a smile.
Correia managed to get Chris Dickerson to ground to second to end the threat, a fortunate development since Gardenhire admitted Dickerson would have been Correia's last batter of the day no matter how it turned out.
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