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Pittsburgh at Minnesota

Pittsburgh (5-10) «013000300790
Minnesota (9-7)110020000462

Pirates 7, Twins 4


FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - Darin Mastroianni hopes to run his way onto the Minnesota Twins.

The 27-year-old, who has 78 games of big league experience over the past two seasons, walked twice, stole a base and scored a run Sunday in the Twins' 7-4 loss to a Pittsburgh Pirates' split squad.

"Walks, hits, whatever it takes for me to get on base," he said. "At the end of the day, I don't really care too much about the batting average. I care more about my on base percentage. Today was a good day. On base two out of the four at-bats."

Mastroianni is hitting .375 (6 for 16) with a .444 on-base percentage

"That's part of my game to help us be successful and win," he said. He stole 21 bases in 77 games last year for the Twins and swiped 14 more during 29 games in the minors.

Aaron Hicks may be the leading candidate for center field. Manager Ron Gardenhire said he hasn't made a decision.

"Hicksie is doing great," Gardenhire said.

Hicks was 1 for 2 with a walk, RBI and run. The leadoff hitter had a three-homer game against Philadelphia on Thursday.

"Gardy is going to make that decision in three weeks," Mastroianni said. "In three weeks I'll either be on that flight to Minnesota or I won't be. And then whatever roles it is I'll be ready for it and prepared to be the best for that role. It's about winning about baseball games."

Andrew McCutchen, Gaby Sanchez and Tony Sanchez hit home runs for the Pirates. McCutchen's drive went off the scoreboard.

"Wind blowing out," Gardenhire said. "That's what happens."

Jonathan Sanchez, in his first spring training start and fourth appearance, gave up two runs and two hits in two innings. Sanchez has an 11.81 ERA in 5 1-3 innings during the exhibition season.

Minnesota's Liam Hendricks, making his fourth spring training start, allowed four runs and three hits in three innings.

NOTES: The Twins reassigned five players to their minor league camp: RHP Bryan Augenstein, RHP Nick Blackburn, RHP Alex Meyer, RHP Lester Oliveros and RHP Esmerling Vasquez. ... Twins 3B Trevor Plouffe tweaked a calf muscle Sunday in agility drills. Gardenhire said he's not sure when Plouffe will return.

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Players of the Game

B. Dozier
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0

A. McCutchen
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1

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Pittsburgh Pirates
Starling Marte, LF3000014 .364
    Taylor Lewis, LF1000011 .000
Travis Snider, RF3000011 .250
    Andrew Lambo, RF2112001 .500
Andrew McCutchen, CF3112000 .158
    Mel Rojas Jr., CF2010000 .333
Gaby Sanchez, 1B3111000 .300
    Jeff Larish, 1B2011000 .667
Brandon Inge, 3B3000020 .158
    Jared Goedert, 3B2000013 .294
Clint Robinson, DH3010100 .222
   a- Gregory Polanco, PH-DH1000001 .333
Ivan De Jesus Jr., 2B4010013 .316
Tony Sanchez, C2111112 .200
    Andy Vasquez, PR0100000 .000
    Carlos Paulino, C1000000 .167
Jordy Mercer, SS1210100 .357
a-grounded out for C. Robinson in the 9th
HR - Andrew McCutchen (1, Hendriks), Gaby Sanchez (3, Hendriks), Tony Sanchez (1, Hendriks)
SH - Starling Marte (1), Jordy Mercer (1)
RBI - Andrew Lambo 2 (2), Andrew McCutchen 2 (5), Gaby Sanchez (3), Jeff Larish (3), Tony Sanchez (3)
2-OUT RBI - Andrew McCutchen 2 (3)
Team LOB - 8
PB - Tony Sanchez (1)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Jonathan Sanchez 2222111 11.81
Stolmy Pimentel (BS,1) 2.2321210 2.45
Roman Colon (W,1-0) 1.1000020 0.00
Mike Zagurski (H,2) 1000020 0.00
Brooks Brown (H,1) 1100110 2.70
Vic Black (S,1) 1000010 2.25
HBP - Lehmann (by Brooks Brown)
WP - Brooks Brown (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathan Sanchez 19-11, Stolmy Pimentel 21-13, Roman Colon 8-8, Mike Zagurski 7-7, Brooks Brown 11-6, Vic Black 5-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathan Sanchez 4-1, Stolmy Pimentel 1-6, Roman Colon 1-1, Brooks Brown 2-0, Vic Black 2-0
Batters Faced - Jonathan Sanchez 9, Stolmy Pimentel 13, Roman Colon 4, Mike Zagurski 3, Brooks Brown 6, Vic Black 3
Minnesota Twins
Aaron Hicks, CF2111100 .406
    Clete Thomas, CF2000010 .286
Eduardo Escobar, 3B3010001 .370
    Mark Sobolewski, 3B2000010 .300
Josh Willingham, DH2111101 .407
    Joe Benson, PR-DH1000010 .094
Ryan Doumit, C3000011 .222
    Danny Lehmann, C0000000 .000
    Kyle Knudson, C0000000 .333
Oswaldo Arcia, RF3000022 .000
    Brian Dinkelman, RF1000001 .130
Darin Mastroianni, LF2100210 .375
Jeff Clement, 1B3000001 .208
    Dan Rohlfing, 1B1010000 .357
Brian Dozier, 2B4121003 .259
Pedro Florimon, SS3000012 .222
    James Beresford, SS1000000 .000
2B - Brian Dozier (3, Pimentel)
HR - Josh Willingham (2, Sanchez)
RBI - Aaron Hicks (13), Josh Willingham (4), Brian Dozier (3)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Willingham (1), Brian Dozier (3)
SB - Darin Mastroianni (3, 2nd base off Sanchez/T. Sanchez)
Team LOB - 7
E - Alex Burnett (1, Misplayed grounder), Brian Dozier (1, Misplayed grounder)
Minnesota Twins
Liam Hendriks 3344123 5.73
Pedro Hernandez 3200040 0.00
Alex Burnett (L,0-1) 1332200 9.00
Jared Burton 1100010 7.36
Tim Wood 1000010 6.75
HBP - Mercer (by Pedro Hernandez)
Pitches-Strikes - Liam Hendriks 29-20, Pedro Hernandez 20-19, Alex Burnett 15-7, Jared Burton 6-6, Tim Wood 6-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Liam Hendriks 3-4, Pedro Hernandez 1-4, Alex Burnett 3-1, Jared Burton 1-1, Tim Wood 3-0
Batters Faced - Liam Hendriks 13, Pedro Hernandez 12, Alex Burnett 9, Jared Burton 4, Tim Wood 4
Game Information
Attendance - 7364
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Will Little, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Marvin Hudson