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