Twins 6, Yankees 1

Robinson Cano has turned his attention from an international

title to a World Series championship.

Cano rejoined the Yankees from the World Baseball Classic and

got New York’s only hit Thursday night in a 6-1 loss to Minnesota

Twins.

”I’m going to guess it probably helped him because the

intensity was there and physically, probably, he’s in pretty good

position right now,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

Cano was picked as the MVP of the WBC after hitting .469 with

two homers and six RBIs for the champion Dominican Republic.

”When I go there, just win it all,” Cano said. ”We ended up

winning. It’s a great feeling. Now, focusing on here.”

Cano singled in the fourth inning off Twins starter Liam

Hendriks. The All-Star second baseman also made an error.

New York bench coach Tony Pena managed the Dominican Republic

team, while Yankees left-hander Juan Cedeno made one appearance out

of the bullpen.

Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera struck out three in one

scoreless inning.

Drew Butera hit a three-run double in the Twins’ five-run

fourth.

Minnesota third base prospect Miguel Sano had a pair of singles

in his first major league spring training game.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire had simple advice for Sano, who hit

28 homers last season for Single-A Beloit: ”Have some fun.”

”Kind of get a feel for hanging around with the guys,”

Gardenhire said. ”It won’t be his last time. We’ll get him back

over here. We got plenty more days.”

Hendriks, bidding for the final spot in Minnesota’s rotation,

allowed an unearned run, struck out two and walked two over four

innings.

”I was throwing offspeed pitches for strikes, I think every one

of my pitches for strikes,” Hendriks said. ”I threw some good

pitches in there as well that were called balls that were close to

getting swings.”

Another Twins starting contender, Cole De Vries, followed

Hendriks with four hitless innings.

New York fifth-starter candidate David Phelps gave five runs and

six hits in 3 2-3 innings. He struck out six and walked three

during an 81-pitch outing.

NOTES: Girardi, as expected, said the probable starters for the

Yankees’ first three regular season games will be LHP CC Sabathia,

RHP Hiroki Kuroda and LHP Andy Pettitte. … Twins RHP Mike Pelfrey

threw five innings in a minor league game. C Joe Mauer caught

Pelfrey. … Gardenhire expects 3B Trevor Plouffe (strained calf)

to be back in the lineup on Friday. … Yankees RHP Phil Hughes

(bulging disk in the upper back) is scheduled to throw three

innings in his first minor league game on Friday. … Kuroda will

also pitch Friday in a minor league game. … Girardi said there’s

a small possibility that left-handed reliever Clay Rapada

(shoulder) will be ready for opening day.