Twins 8, Marlins 7

When Minnesota Twins right-hander Vance Worley threw his first
changeup of spring training Friday, Kyle Skipworth hit a broken-bat
double.

So it went for Worley, who was satisfied with his pitching but
unhappy with the results in the Twins’ 8-7 victory over the Miami
Marlins.

”They were swinging and got the good part of the bat on the
ball,” Worley said.

Making his second start, Worley allowed four runs – three earned
– and six hits in two innings.

Worley said his four-seamer, cutter and curve all were fine.
When asked about his changeup, he shook his head.

”I broke a guy’s bat for a double, so you tell me how it was,”
he said. ”I made my pitch and got him to do what I needed him to
do, but the ball found a hole. That seemed to be how every hit
today was, except for a couple.”

Henderson Alvarez allowed three runs and six hits in two innings
in his second spring training start, and his last with the Marlins
for a while. He’s off to join the Venezuelan team for the World
Baseball Classic.

”It’s going to be a great honor for me,” Alvarez said. ”It’s
the first time I’ve represented my country in baseball, and it’s
going to bring me a lot of joy to do that and play alongside some
of my countrymen and stars of the game.”

Chris Colabello had a double and a single in two at-bats to help
the Twins earn their fifth consecutive victory. Ryan Pressly, Tim
Wood, Tyler Robertson, Pedro Hernandez and Michael Tonkin pitched
one scoreless inning each.

Center fielder Aaron Hicks had a hit and an RBI and became the
first Twin to play all nine innings in spring training.

”He’ll probably ask for a couple of days off now,” manager Ron
Gardenhire said.

Miami’s Kevin Kouzmanoff hit a two-run homer. Giancarlo Stanton
went 0 for 3 with a sacrifice fly in his final game before joining
the U.S. team for the WBC.

The game was a reunion for former Twins catcher Mike Redmond,
the Marlins’ new manager. Gardenhire was glad to see his protege
get the job.

”When he would be on the bench, we’d talk,” Gardenhire
recalled.

”`Would you hit-and-run here?’ `Absolutely.’

”`Would you bunt him over here?’ `Absolutely.’

”I’d say, `Well then, you do the interviews when he screws it
up.’ And now he gets that chance.”