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Rollins homers and Phils top Twins 5-1


CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins homered for the second straight day and the Phillies cruised to a 5-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.

Rollins finished 2 for 2 with two RBIs and a walk. Rollins is 6 for 13 since snapping out of a 0-for-23 slump this spring on Wednesday.

''He's had very good at-bats,'' manager Ryne Sandberg said. ''And good plays in the field, too.''

Rollins is hitting .211 (8 for 38) in 14 games in the exhibition season.

Rollins, the longest-tenured player on the Phillies, entering his 14th season with team, led the offense.

Domonic Brown and Marlon Byrd each had two hits and Ryan Howard finished 1 for 3 with a walk and an RBI.

The Phillies had been struggling to score runs this spring. Following Sunday's game, the team's .657 OPS is the lowest of any of teams

''It's a good sign,'' Sandberg said. ''And good timing for it.''

The Phillies chased Minnesota right-hander Phil Hughes after five innings.

Hughes, in his first season with the Twins after signing a three-year, $24 million free agent deal, allowed five runs and nine hits. The former Yankees pitcher struck out three and walked one.

''I got my pitch count up, obviously I would have liked to do it over more innings,'' Hughes said. ''I was going in and out of my mechanics a little inconsistent, missing my spots.''

Philadelphia starter Kyle Kendrick held the Twins to one run and five hits in six innings. Kendrick struck out six while walking one.

''I knew today was going to be my last outing before we get up north, so just wanted to work on everything, be aggressive, kind of throw everything,'' Kendrick said. ''I worked on my curveball and felt pretty good.''


Philadelphia: Kyle Kendrick is entering his walk year; he's a free agent for the first time in his career following the season. He looked like a pitcher prepared for a prosperous season on Sunday against the Twins, when he limited Minnesota to one run and five hits in six innings. He struck out six and walked just one. ''You always want to finish strong,'' Kendrick said of his final start in Florida. ''Even if it's spring training, you always want to go out on a good note into the season. It was a good note to finish on and I'm feeling strong and excited to get the season underway.'' Kendrick is likely to start one of the Phillies exhibition games in Philadelphia next weekend.

Minnesota: Prior to Sunday, Phil Hughes had been throwing well in his first spring with the Twins after signing a three-year, $24 million deal as a free agent. The former Yankees pitcher had allowed just one earned run in three games (8 2-3 innings). But Hughes came undone on Sunday against the Phillies, when he gave up five runs and nine hits in five innings.

''I was throwing the ball really well coming into this one,'' Hughes said. ''I was just a little more inconsistent than I have been this spring.''

Hughes was 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA in 30 games (29 starts) with the Yankees last season.


Philadelphia's Cody Asche has all but locked up the starting job at third base. Asche, who became the Phillies everyday third baseman in the final two months of 2013, came into camp this spring competing with top prospect Maikel Franco. But Franco was sent to minor league camp on Saturday.

The Phillies made another move involving a third baseman on Sunday, when they outrighted veteran infielder Kevin Frandsen off the 40-man roster. Frandsen started 51 games at third base for the Phillies in 2012-2013.


Philadelphia reserve infielder Freddy Galvis remains hospitalized after being diagnosed with a MRSA infection on Friday. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said there was a chance Galvis could be released on Monday. Galvis is no longer on an IV. Galvis will open the season on the disabled list.

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Players of the Game

B. Dozier
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0

J. Rollins
AB 2
R 2
H 2
HR 1

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Minnesota Twins
Brian Dozier, 2B3020000 .273
   Aderlin Mejia, 2B1000010 .000
Josmil Pinto, C3001011 .286
   Dan Rohlfing, C1000010 .188
Oswaldo Arcia, RF3000012 .243
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Chris Colabello, 1B3000101 .333
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Trevor Plouffe, 3B2000001 .200
   Jason Bartlett, 3B2010000 .088
Aaron Hicks, CF3000011 .342
   Eduardo Escobar, CF1000001 .306
Pedro Florimon, SS3020011 .214
Phil Hughes, P1000011 .000
   a-Alex Presley, PH1110000 .167
   Ryan Pressly, P0000000 .000
   b-Wilkin Ramirez, PH1000001 .235
   Matt Guerrier, P0000000 .000
   Samuel Deduno, P0000000 .000
a-singled for Hughes in the 6th
b-lined out for Pressly in the 7th
2B - Brian Dozier 2 (6, Kendrick), Chris Parmelee (2, Kendrick)
RBI - Josmil Pinto (1)
CS - Pedro Florimon (1, 2nd base by Kendrick/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 6
Outfield Assists - Aaron Hicks 1
DP - Florimon-Dozier-Colabello, Florimon-Dozier-Colabello-Mejia-Florimon-Colabello
E - Aaron Hicks (1, Throwing)
Minnesota Twins
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Ryan Pressly 1100010 5.40
Matt Guerrier 1000000 6.75
Samuel Deduno 1100110 2.03
HBP - Brignac (by Matt Guerrier)
Pitches-Strikes - Phil Hughes 37-29, Ryan Pressly 6-6, Matt Guerrier 3-2, Samuel Deduno 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Phil Hughes 4-6, Ryan Pressly 2-0, Matt Guerrier 1-1, Samuel Deduno 1-1
Batters Faced - Phil Hughes 23, Ryan Pressly 4, Matt Guerrier 3, Samuel Deduno 5
Philadelphia Phillies
Ben Revere, CF4110000 .346
Jimmy Rollins, SS2222100 .211
   a-Reid Brignac, PH-SS0000000 .375
Chase Utley, 2B4010013 .196
Ryan Howard, 1B3111102 .245
   John Mayberry Jr., PR-1B0000000 .263
Marlon Byrd, RF4120002 .319
Domonic Brown, LF4020002 .190
Carlos Ruiz, C3011012 .289
   Jonathan Papelbon, P0000000 .000
   B.J. Rosenberg, P0000000 .000
Cody Asche, 3B1001000 .171
   Cesar Hernandez, 3B2010012 .258
Kyle Kendrick, P2000011 .000
   b-Wil Nieves, PH-C1000011 .200
a-hit by pitch for Rollins in the 7th
b-struck out for Kendrick in the 6th
2B - Domonic Brown 2 (2, Hughes)
HR - Jimmy Rollins (3, Hughes)
SF - Cody Asche (1)
SH - B.J. Rosenberg (1)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins 2 (7), Ryan Howard (6), Carlos Ruiz (7), Cody Asche (7)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Ruiz (2)
SB - Ben Revere (5, 2nd base off Hughes/Pinto)
Team LOB - 6
E - Cody Asche (2, Dropped fly)
Philadelphia Phillies
Kyle Kendrick (W,1-0) 6511160 4.09
Jonathan Papelbon (H,1) 1100000 2.57
B.J. Rosenberg 2100030 3.97
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Kendrick 41-36, Jonathan Papelbon 4-4, B.J. Rosenberg 13-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Kendrick 4-7, Jonathan Papelbon 1-2, B.J. Rosenberg 2-1
Batters Faced - Kyle Kendrick 23, Jonathan Papelbon 4, B.J. Rosenberg 7
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