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Minnesota at Pittsburgh

W: A. Meyer (1-0) L: V. Mazzaro (0-1) S: V. Vasquez (1)
HR: MIN - None   PIT - I. De Jesus (1)

Twins 5, Pirates 4


BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) - A.J. Burnett can joke about his control - or lack of it.

Burnett needed 45 pitches to get through four innings Saturday during the Pittsburgh Pirates' 5-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins.

"I said, `What? Don't I normally have that after two innings?"' Burnett recalled.

He went back out for the fifth and wound up allowing two runs and two hits in 4 2-3 innings. Burnett hadn't pitched past the second in his first two spring training starts, when he ran up a 13.50 ERA over 3 1-3 innings.

"I felt a lot better than the last time out," he said.

The 36-year-old Burnett is preparing for the first opening-day start of his big leaguer career after going 16-10 last season.

"It's just good to get out there every five days because it is a process," Burnett said. "We've been sitting for four months. This was obviously a lot sharper than my last two, and I expect the next one to be a lot sharper. Each time you get out there you're going to be more comfortable."

Cole De Vries made his second start and fourth appearance of spring training for Minnesota and gave up one run - not earned - and one hit in three innings.

"I felt OK, not all that great, so I was more just working on concentrating harder to get my pitches down and do the mechanical things that I need to and that I know that I'll need to once the season starts and I'm in that same situation," De Vries said.

De Vries hasn't allowed an earned run in spring training this year. he was 5-5 with a 4.11 ERA last year in 16 starts and one relief appearance, and he's taking the approach that a rotation spot is his to lose.

"If the staff is looking at it as if it's not my spot, I want to make it as hard as I can on them," he said. "And if it is my spot, I want to prove that there's no doubt that I deserve it."

Minnesota's Ivan De Jesus Jr., who started at shortstop after Chase d'Arnaud was scratched because of a pregame thumb injury, hit a solo homer off Casey Fien in the fifth that tied the score 2-2. Eduardo Escobar doubled against Vin Mazzaro in the seventh and scored on Ray Olmedo's single.

Pittsburgh's Brad Hawpe hit a two-run, two-out single in the ninth off Anthony Slama. With runners on the corners, Virgil Vasquez retired Darren Ford on a groundout.

NOTES: Twins RF Darin Mastroianni returned after missing nine games because of a left hamstring strain. He went 2 for 3 with one RBI.

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Players of the Game

E. Escobar
AB 3
R 3
H 2
HR 0

I. De Jesus
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1

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Minnesota Twins
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    Dan Rohlfing, 1B2000003 .308
Jamey Carroll, 2B2000201 .286
    Daniel Santana, SS0000100 .333
Joe Benson, CF3000004 .097
    Clete Thomas, CF2011000 .316
Wilkin Ramirez, LF4001131 .308
Brandon Boggs, DH5110024 .152
Brian Dinkelman, 1B-RF4000002 .136
Josmir Pinto, C3001000 .182
Eduardo Escobar, SS-2B3320110 .375
Ray Olmedo, 3B3021000 .364
    Mark Sobolewski, 3B1110000 .333
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RBI - Darin Mastroianni (2), Clete Thomas (2), Wilkin Ramirez (3), Josmir Pinto (1), Ray Olmedo (4)
2-OUT RBI - Darin Mastroianni (2), Clete Thomas (2), Wilkin Ramirez (1)
SB - Darin Mastroianni (2, 2nd base off Hughes/T. Sanchez), Ray Olmedo (1, 3rd base off Hughes/T. Sanchez)
PK - Darin Mastroianni (1, Burnett)
Team LOB - 9
E - Joe Benson (1, Dropped fly)
Minnesota Twins
Cole De Vries 3110110 0.00
Casey Fien 2311011 5.40
Alex Meyer (W,1-0) 3100030 0.00
Anthony Slama (H,2) 0.2222200 11.57
Virgil Vasquez (S,1) 0.1000000 0.00
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Pitches-Strikes - Cole De Vries 18-13, Casey Fien 16-13, Alex Meyer 17-16, Anthony Slama 12-4, Virgil Vasquez 1-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole De Vries 1-8, Casey Fien 3-2, Alex Meyer 5-1, Virgil Vasquez 1-0
Batters Faced - Cole De Vries 12, Casey Fien 9, Alex Meyer 11, Anthony Slama 6, Virgil Vasquez 1
Pittsburgh Pirates
Alex Presley, LF3110000 .250
    Felix Pie, LF1000111 .263
Travis Snider, RF3010000 .286
    Brad Hawpe, RF2012000 .158
Andrew McCutchen, CF3000012 .125
    Darren Ford, CF2000002 .222
Clint Robinson, 1B2001000 .200
    Matt Curry, 1B10100001.000
Russell Martin, DH3010011 .154
   a- Jerry Sands, PH-DH1000001 .158
Jared Goedert, 3B2000111 .333
    Matt Hague, 3B1000000 .263
Tony Sanchez, C3000002 .154
    Lucas May, C1110000 .429
Ivan De Jesus Jr., SS3111011 .333
    Jordy Mercer, SS0100100 .308
Josh Harrison, 2B2000001 .063
    Drew Maggi, 2B1000002 .000
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2B - Travis Snider (3, Fien), Russell Martin (2, Fien)
HR - Ivan De Jesus Jr. (1, Fien)
SF - Clint Robinson (1)
RBI - Brad Hawpe 2 (5), Clint Robinson (2), Ivan De Jesus Jr. (2)
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SB - Andrew McCutchen (1, 2nd base off De Vries/Pinto)
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E - Matt Curry (1, Dropped fly), Jordy Mercer (1, Misplayed grounder)
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Jared Hughes 1.1200120 0.00
Vin Mazzaro (L,0-1) 2211000 5.40
Andy Oliver 1322210 15.43
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A.J. Burnett 5-5, Jared Hughes 1-1, Vin Mazzaro 2-5, Andy Oliver 1-1
Batters Faced - A.J. Burnett 17, Jared Hughes 7, Vin Mazzaro 9, Andy Oliver 8
Game Information
Attendance - 5877
Game Time - 3:08
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - John Hirschbeck, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - Tom Hallion