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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.
Twins starter Terry Doyle allowed two runs on seven hits and one walk in 2 2-3 innings. Doyle was a Rule 5 pick in December and must be offered back to the Chicago White Sox if he doesn't make the Twins' roster.
Erik Bedard tossed three scoreless innings and gave up one hit for Pittsburgh. Casey McGehee went 3 for 3 with one RBI and Nate McLouth went 2 for 2.
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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...
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...
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...
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...
The Minnesota Twins have started a series of new commercials entitled "Sorta Deep Thoughts from Twins Territory", which seems to be a take on the Saturday Night Live classic "Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey" series.
This commercial features thoughts from catcher Joe Mauer and manager Ron Gardenhire.
H/T Sportress of Blogitude.
Holdout Sports is now a...
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...
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Adam Wainwright pitched two scoreless innings in his first start in over a year, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Twins on Friday.
Wainwright missed all of last season after having elbow ligament replacement surgery and hadn't pitched since Sept. 24, 2010. He walked one and struck out two Friday.
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 six home runs in its first nine exhibition games.
Yankees starter Phil Hughes threw three shutout innings...
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...