Spring training breakdown: Twins 2, Pirates 1
By Rob Biertempfel
Published: Saturday, March 16, 2013, 8:00 p.m.
Updated: Sunday, March 17, 2013
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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