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Twins get comeback win over the pirates

Twins get comeback win over the pirates Click to Enlarge Photo: Matt Wood

Mar 7, 2014 at 5:39 pm

FT. MYERS, Florida (KNSI) - While the Twins may have picked up an exciting come from behind 6-5 win, a shaky start may have some Twins fans worried about the rotation.

Vance Worley, to be kind, has struggled as a member of the Minnesota Twin. Last year many expected him to blossom into a number two or three starter, but he bounced around from the Twins to the minors.

This season he was expected to battle for the fifth spot in the rotation and today he didn’t put any concerns at ease. Throughout his start he struggled with command and his fastball was up. The Pirate hitters, with no reason to chase the off-speed offerings and sinkers, could hammer him. The biggest culprit was defending National League MVP Andrew McCutchen who went 2-2 with a HR off of Worley. Pitching coach Rick Anderson had to make two separate trips to the mound in Worley’s two innings.

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One man’s struggles are another man’s opportunity, and that beneficiary could be Samuel Deduno. He is scheduled to pitch tomorrow against the Blue Jays and has pitched well so far in Florida. Three and two-thirds innings, four hits, one earned run and four strikeouts. Another good outing from Deduno could have Worley headed for the bullpen.

Other notes:

  • Seeing Andrew McCutchen could be a possible glimpse into the future. The Twins crown jewel of the farm system is Centerfielder Byron Buxton. The 20-year-old from Georgia is the top ranked prospect in baseball according to Baseball America. He played in the early game today. The fluid movements and quick bat show why he is so highly touted. Twins hop he can be in CF starting in 2015.
  • Too bad Miguel Sano is injured. All of Ft. Myers is buzzing about this kid’s raw power. Longtime fans and Twins employees say that he has some of the easiest power they have ever seen. One employee stated that he had more power than David Ortiz. Sano is out with Tommy John surgery.
  • McKechnie Field is one of the coolest spots in Florida. Located in Bradenton it is the oldest spring training stadium in baseball, as players like Roberto Clemente, Babe Ruth and Ted Williams have all played there. In 2012 the “Fenway of the South” underwent serious renovations that have modernized this classic. Should be a stop for any spring training visitor.
  • Baseball fans are so kind. I beg of you, please escape a Minnesota winter one year and spend a week here. So many kind faces, sunshine and baseball can make anyone forget about snow and wind chill temps. Can we do the Benchwarmers here year round?

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