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Spring training breakdown: Twins 2, Pirates 1

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Sunday's game

Yankees at Pirates, 1:05 p.m.

McKechnie Field, Bradenton, Fla.

Radio: KDKA-FM (93.7)

Yankees starter: RHP Ivan Nova

Pirates starter: RHP Phil Irwin


By Rob Biertempfel

Published: Saturday, March 16, 2013, 8:00 p.m.

Saturday's result

Twins 2, Pirates 1

Twins starter: RHP Cole De Vries 3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 1 WP

Pirates starter: RHP Gerrit Cole 4 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 4 SO, 1 WP

The decider: LHP Kris Johnson gave up the game-winning run in the eighth. Brandon Bogg's single scored Wilkin Ramirez, who had led off with a walk.

Electric stuff: LHP Justin Wilson had a dynamite curveball and struck out five while tossing three scoreless innings.

Flashing leather: 1B Brandon Inge made a fine diving stab, then outran Ray Olmedo to the bag for an out. Inge has never played 1B in a major league game.

Near miss: A towering pop-up by the Twins' Joe Benson nearly smacked a low-flying bird. The ball landed in foul territory and the bird flew on, apparently unaware of how close it came to being grounded.

Stock up: LF Alex Presley doubled in each of his first two at-bats, boosting his average to .294. He also scored a run and drew two walks.

Stock down: Twins DH Ryan Doumit struck out in both of his at-bats against Cole and stranded three baserunners.

 

 

 
 


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