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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Robinson Cano has turned his attention from an international title to a World Series championship.

Cano rejoined the Yankees from the World Baseball Classic and got New York's only hit Thursday night in a 6-1 loss to Minnesota Twins.

"I'm going to guess it probably helped him because the intensity was there and physically, probably, he's in pretty good position right now," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

Cano was picked as the MVP of the WBC after hitting .469 with two homers and six RBIs for the champion Dominican Republic.

"When I go there, just win it all," Cano said. "We ended up winning. It's a great feeling. Now, focusing on here."

Cano singled in the fourth inning off Twins starter Liam Hendriks. The All-Star second baseman also made an error.

New York bench coach Tony Pena managed the Dominican Republic team, while Yankees left-hander Juan Cedeno made one appearance out of the bullpen.

Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera struck out three in one scoreless inning.

Drew Butera hit a three-run double in the Twins' five-run fourth.

Minnesota third base prospect Miguel Sano had a pair of singles in his first major league spring training game.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire had simple advice for Sano, who hit 28 homers last season for Single-A Beloit: "Have some fun."

"Kind of get a feel for hanging around with the guys," Gardenhire said. "It won't be his last time. We'll get him back over here. We got plenty more days."

Hendriks, bidding for the final spot in Minnesota's rotation, allowed an unearned run, struck out two and walked two over four innings.

"I was throwing offspeed pitches for strikes, I think every one of my pitches for strikes," Hendriks said. "I threw some good pitches in there as well that were called balls that were close to getting swings."

Another Twins starting contender, Cole De Vries, followed Hendriks with four hitless innings.

New York fifth-starter candidate David Phelps gave five runs and six hits in 3 2-3 innings. He struck out six and walked three during an 81-pitch outing.

NOTES: Girardi, as expected, said the probable starters for the Yankees' first three regular season games will be LHP CC Sabathia, RHP Hiroki Kuroda and LHP Andy Pettitte. ... Twins RHP Mike Pelfrey threw five innings in a minor league game. C Joe Mauer caught Pelfrey. ... Gardenhire expects 3B Trevor Plouffe (strained calf) to be back in the lineup on Friday. ... Yankees RHP Phil Hughes (bulging disk in the upper back) is scheduled to throw three innings in his first minor league game on Friday. ... Kuroda will also pitch Friday in a minor league game. ... Girardi said there's a small possibility that left-handed reliever Clay Rapada (shoulder) will be ready for opening day.

 
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Players of the Game
Minnesota

D. Butera
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 3
New York

M. Rivera
IP 1.0
H 1
ER 0
BB 0
K 3
 

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Minnesota Twins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Aaron Hicks, CF4011010 .302
Brian Dozier, 2B3000121 .234
    Eduardo Escobar, 2B1011000 .310
Jeff Clement, DH3010112 .229
   a- Doug Bernier, PH-DH1000011 .000
Chris Parmelee, 1B4011123 .276
Miguel Sano, 3B5120013 .400
Darin Mastroianni, RF3120001 .429
    Brandon Boggs, RF2000011 .186
Joe Benson, LF1100211 .151
    Wilkin Ramirez, LF2000011 .353
Drew Butera, C4113023 .308
Pedro Florimon, SS3110021 .214
    Ray Olmedo, SS0100100 .333
Totals366106615  
a-struck out for Clement in the 8th
Batting
2B - Aaron Hicks (5, Phelps), Jeff Clement (2, Robertson), Darin Mastroianni (5, Phelps), Drew Butera (1, Phelps)
SF - Aaron Hicks (2)
RBI - Aaron Hicks (14), Eduardo Escobar (3), Chris Parmelee (2), Drew Butera 3 (5)
2-OUT RBI - Eduardo Escobar (1), Chris Parmelee (2)
SB - Brian Dozier (1, 2nd base off Phelps/Cervelli), Darin Mastroianni (7, 2nd base off M. Rivera/Cervelli), Pedro Florimon (2, 2nd base off Phelps/Cervelli)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Joe Benson (2, Dropped fly)
Minnesota Twins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Liam Hendriks (W,2-1) 4110220 4.74
Cole De Vries (H,2) 4000120 0.64
Pedro Hernandez 1000010 0.00
HBP - Ibarra (by Cole De Vries)
Pitches-Strikes - Liam Hendriks 26-18, Cole De Vries 23-16, Pedro Hernandez 5-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Liam Hendriks 5-6, Cole De Vries 4-6, Pedro Hernandez 1-1
Batters Faced - Liam Hendriks 16, Cole De Vries 14, Pedro Hernandez 3
New York Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brett Gardner, CF2000110 .292
    Melky Mesa, CF1000000 .191
Ichiro Suzuki, LF3000001 .351
    Thomas Neal, RF1000010 .257
Robinson Cano, 2B2110000 .300
    Gil Velazquez, 2B2000000 .304
Kevin Youkilis, 1B1000100 .235
    Dan Johnson, 1B2000010 .065
Travis Hafner, DH2000100 .129
   a- Jose Pirela, PH-DH1000010 .313
Brennan Boesch, RF3000013 .179
    Ronnier Mustelier, 3B1000000 .250
Eduardo Nunez, SS2000003 .214
    Walter Ibarra, SS0000000 .389
Jayson Nix, 3B3000001 .190
    Addison Maruszak, LF0000000 .160
Francisco Cervelli, C2000000 .188
    Austin Romine, C1000001 .222
Totals2911035  
a-struck out for Hafner in the 9th
Fielding
E - Robinson Cano (1, Missed catch of throw), Francisco Cervelli (1, Missed catch of throw), David Phelps (1, Throwing)
New York Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
David Phelps (L,2-3) 3.2655360 3.97
Juan Cedeno 0.1100110 3.00
Mariano Rivera 1100030 0.00
David Robertson 1100020 0.00
David Aardsma 1000010 3.00
Boone Logan 1111110 4.50
Preston Claiborne 1000110 1.00
Pitches-Strikes - David Phelps 45-29, Juan Cedeno 8-4, Mariano Rivera 11-10, David Robertson 8-8, David Aardsma 5-5, Boone Logan 10-6, Preston Claiborne 9-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Phelps 2-3
Batters Faced - David Phelps 20, Juan Cedeno 3, Mariano Rivera 4, David Robertson 4, David Aardsma 3, Boone Logan 5, Preston Claiborne 4
Game Information
Attendance - 10698
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - Toby Basner, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Victor Carapazza