Minnesota Twins Morning News: Spring Training Day Thirteen
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– The Twins and Pirates were unable to determine a winner in spring training action yesterday afternoon. A quick list of some of the highlights: Wilfredo Tovar scored the go ahead run after getting on and swiping a bag; Carlos Quentin drove him in with a single. Eduardo Nunez laced a triple but his teammates couldn’t cash him in. Kennys Vargas had the other RBI with a single. John Hicks threw out two runners and John Ryan Murphy threw out another.Ryan Pressly, Fernando Abad, Brandon Kintzler, Alex Meyer, Pat Dean and Ryan O’Rourke had scoreless outings of relief.
After strongly suggesting Danny Santana would prepare for the season as an outfielder, Santana oddly got the start at third before shifting to second later in the contest. He went 0-4 on the day. Santana has played a total of 5 innings at third in his professional career. It would seem plans have changed for the 25 year old. It now appears that the Twins are looking to expand Santana’s positional versatility. If Santana adds third base to his repertoire, he’ll have the same flexibility as the super-utility man Nunez.
Mason Melotakis made his return to the mound after nearly two calendar years of setbacks. It didn’t go the way he would have wanted it to. He blew the save for the Twins in the both of the ninth inning. He did manage to escape further trouble and preserve the tie. Just getting back into games is an accomplishment for him at this point.
We posted a full recap of the game.
–MLB has been attempting to make sure road rosters in spring training games aren’t entirely devoid of major league regulars. The issue is making sure that paying fans get their money’s worth and that opposing teams are able to test their players against reasonably equivalent opponents.
– Age and experience or youth and potential? How will the Twins choose to go forward? Twins Daily takes a look.
– The Twins will play the Orioles at 12:05 CT today. Fox Sports North will televise the game. Ervin Santana will get the start.
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