FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Samuel Deduno entered spring training with an outside chance of making the Minnesota Twins' rotation. His performance at the World Baseball Classic might have given him an edge.
Deduno is scheduled to return to Twins spring training camp Thursday after helping the Dominican Republic beat Puerto Rico 3-0 in the championship game of the WBC. Deduno pitched five innings of two-hit ball to earn the win.
"It was fun to watch," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Wednesday, when the game between Tampa Bay Rays and Minnesota was rained out.
"It was very, very enjoyable to watch him out there. We were very happy to let him go over there, and now we're happy to get him back. I think it says an awful lot about him."
With less than two weeks until the start of regular season, the Twins now will figure out how to fit Deduno into exhibition games as he rejoins the competition for the fifth spot in the rotation.
He is up against Cole De Vries, P.J. Walters and Liam He...