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


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


”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


”`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.”