After a few bumpy spring training outings, pitcher Vance Worley showed why he deserves to be the Minnesota Twins’ opening day starter. Worley settled down after the first inning and rolled through five in a 7-4 victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday.
Aaron Hicks left the Minnesota Twins with little to debate: He’s their starting center fielder and leadoff hitter. Hicks, who played at Double-A New Britain last year, went 4 for 4 and scored three runs in Sunday's 14-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Liam Hendriks, bidding for the final spot in Minnesota’s rotation, allowed an unearned run, struck out two and walked two over four innings in the Twins' 6-1 victory over the New York Yankees Thursday.
Brian Dozier hit his first home run of spring training for the Minnesota Twins during a 6-2, rain-shortened loss to the Miami Marlins on Monday. Dozier is batting .243 with five RBIs this spring and in position to start at second base this season for the Twins after failing to become the everyday shortstop last year.
Boston starter Felix Doubront limited Minnesota to two hits in four innings and Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a two-run homer in the fourth in the second of the Red Sox’s two split-squad games Friday, a 5-0 night victory over the Minnesota Twins.