Rays rough up Worley, rout Twins
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Twins starter Vance Worley allowed 11 hits and seven earned runs in Minnesota’s 11-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.
Worley’s spring ERA rose to 13.50 and didn’t get through the third inning.
Among eight Twins out of minor-league options, Worley is battling fellow right-handers Sam Deduno and Kyle Gibson and left-hander Scott Diamond for the final rotation spot.
"First inning I wasn’t able to get the ball down in the zone, and they hit the ball pretty much everywhere," Worley said. "Third inning, we thought we had everything on the right path, and everything unraveled again."
Worley, acquired from Philadelphia two offseasons ago in a trade that cost the Twins starting outfielder Ben Revere, fell behind on the first pitch to nine of 19 batters.
Shortstop Pedro Florimon made his Grapefruit League debut just over one month after undergoing an appendectomy. Florimon had played a total of eight innings on the minor-league side, then had his scheduled debut on Monday rained out in Sarasota.
Against the Rays he went 0 for 3 and played six innings in the field, making a nice play behind the bag to throw out a runner at first.
Twins right-hander Phil Hughes remained on target to start the home opener against Oakland on April 7 with a six-inning outing on Tuesday against Class A Frederick of the Baltimore Orioles’ system.
Starting for high-Class A Fort Myers, Hughes allowed four hits and a walk while striking out seven. He threw 55 of his 73 pitches for strikes.
Hughes, signed to a three-year, $24 million contract this offseason, had posted a 1.04 ERA in his first three official Grapefruit League starts.
"I couldn’t have been more pleased," Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson said. "Man, it was fun to watch."