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 counts Friday as he did in Monday's outing.
"I've been working hard to get my delivery right. I just felt like last game, my arm was dragging a little bit. I just had nothing out front, no life on the ball," Marquis said. "I made a slight adjustment in my windup with (pitching coach Rick Anderson) in back-to-back bullpens yesterday and the day before just to make sure I felt right coming into today. I was able to do a better job with that."
Marquis walked Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman and allowed a single to Jon Jay in the first inning, but induced a grounder to escape the inning. After a 1-2-3 second ...