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Rays rap Worley in 11-3 win against Twins

Associated Press

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Twins starter Vance Worley allowed 11 hits and seven earned runs in Minnesota's 11-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.

Worley's spring ERA rose to 13.50 and didn't get through the third inning.

Among eight Twins out of minor-league options, Worley is battling fellow right-handers Sam Deduno and Kyle Gibson and left-hander Scott Diamond for the final rotation spot.

''First inning I wasn't able to get the ball down in the zone, and they hit the ball pretty much everywhere,'' Worley said. ''Third inning, we thought we had everything on the right path, and everything unraveled again.''


Rays: Left-hander Matt Moore issued six walks in 4 2/3 innings but allowed just one run and was encourage by his outing amid a rocky spring.

''Everything did feel good, so minus the six walks, a solid day,'' Moore said. ''But those are definitely a black mark.''

Twins: Worley, acquired from Philadelphia two offseasons ago in a trade that cost the Twins starting outfielder Ben Revere, fell behind on the first pitch to nine of 19 batters.


Rays: Right fielder Wil Myers returned to the lineup for the first time since fouling a ball off his right leg on Saturday. Myers, who came in hitting .154 this spring, doubled three straight times off Worley and lifted his average to .233.

Twins: Shortstop Pedro Florimon made his Grapefruit League debut just over one month after undergoing an appendectomy. Florimon had played a total of eight innings on the minor-league side, then had his scheduled debut on Monday rained out in Sarasota.

Against the Rays he went 0 for 3 and played six innings in the field, making a nice play behind the bag to throw out a runner at first.


Twins right-hander Phil Hughes remained on target to start the home opener against Oakland on April 7 with a six-inning outing on Tuesday against Class A Frederick of the Baltimore Orioles' system.

Starting for high-Class A Fort Myers, Hughes allowed four hits and a walk while striking out seven. He threw 55 of his 73 pitches for strikes.

Hughes, signed to a three-year, $24 million contract this offseason, had posted a 1.04 ERA in his first three official Grapefruit League starts.

''I couldn't have been more pleased,'' Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson said. ''Man, it was fun to watch.''


Rays manager Joe Maddon indicated the fifth starter would be named after each of the three remaining candidates made one more start.

Lefty Cesar Ramos and right-hander Jake Odorizzi are scheduled to pitch on Thursday against the Twins in Port Charlotte. Veteran lefty Erik Bedard is scheduled to start Friday against Toronto.

After the game, the Rays reassigned to minor-league camp catcher Eddie Rodriguez and outfielder Jeremy Moore.

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Players of the Game

C. Herrmann
AB 2
R 0
H 2
HR 0
Tampa Bay

W. Myers
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0

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Tampa Bay Rays
Wil Myers , RF4231011.233.233.333
  Logan Forsythe , 2B2021000.240.345.320
David DeJesus , CF4012013.500.522.727
Ben Zobrist , 2B1110300.471.591.765
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  Eddy Rodriguez , PR-C1110100.167.286.167
Matt Joyce , RF3011101.229.270.371
a-Jerry Sands , PH-DH2000004.345.387.793
Desmond Jennings , CF3120102.379.419.621
Yunel Escobar , SS3111003.407.448.519
Jose Molina , C3120011.316.381.368
  Wilson Betemit , 1B2010010.167.238.167
Brandon Guyer , CF2111000.346.393.462
Jayson Nix , SS2010012.240.345.320
Cole Figueroa , 3B2110000.185.241.259
Jeremy Moore , RF1001001.276.323.690
a-Grounded out for M Joyce in the 8th.
2B - W Myers 3 (3); J Loney (3); D Jennings 2 (4)
RBI - W Myers (2); L Forsythe (1); D DeJesus 2 (5); J Loney 3 (11); M Joyce (4); Y Escobar (4); B Guyer (1); J Moore (5)
Tampa Bay Rays
Matt Moore (W,2-1) 4.24116404.35
Brandon Gomes 1.11001200.00
Brad Boxberger 2.01001201.29
Adam Liberatore 1.02211005.06
Minnesota Twins
Alex Presley , CF2000100.167.242.167
Brian Dozier , 2B3010011.250.314.438
Joe Mauer , 1B1010200.320.452.360
Josh Willingham , LF2000103.080.172.120
Jason Kubel , RF2000113.080.233.200
a-Aaron Hicks , PH-DH2000002.269.269.462
Trevor Plouffe , 3B1000213.258.361.290
Oswaldo Arcia , LF3110005.320.367.560
Kurt Suzuki , C2010010.261.320.261
Pedro Florimon , SS3000002.000.000.000
Chris Herrmann , C2020000.500.588.643
Jason Bartlett , SS1100111.000.111.000
Doug Bernier , 2B2110011.250.400.250
Chris Colabello , 1B2010010.393.500.607
Wilkin Ramirez , LF1001101.292.320.458
Deibinson Romero , 3B2000012.350.409.600
Chris Parmelee , RF1000000.172.250.310
Eduardo Escobar , SS1000001.320.308.480
a-Fielder's choice - safe for J Kubel in the 7th.
2B - C Herrmann (2)
RBI - W Ramirez (7)
Minnesota Twins
Vance Worley (L,0-1) 2.2117721013.50
Anthony Swarzak 2.11001206.35
Ryan Pressly 1.01112107.11
Deolis Guerra 1.02000200.00
Matt Guerrier 1.053301013.50
Aaron Thompson 1.00001001.80