Spring Training game: Twins 6, Pirates 5

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Starter: Wandy Rodriguez — 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 K, 0 BB.

Hitter: Andrew McCutchen went 3 for 3 and was a triple short of the cycle. He doubled in the first inning, homered in the second and singled in the fourth.

Of note: Closer Jason Grilli made his first game appearance of spring training and pitched a clean 1-2-3 third inning, working his fastball on both sides of the plate.

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Rodriguez, Grilli and Jeanmar Gomez combined for six scoreless innings.

Rodriguez pitched two innings for the first time this spring, mixing in his curveball more than he had.

“I tried to work with my breaking ball. I tried to throw for a strike and missed, so I used a lot of breaking balls, especially my second inning,” Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez said he felt no pain, used all of his pitches and has grown quite confident throwing to catcher Russell Martin.

Gomez went three innings, giving up just one hit, no walks and no runs.

“Was very pleased with Wandy’s performance, Grilli’s performance and Gomez,” said manager Clint Hurdle. “First-pitch strikes were there. Wandy worked in his curveball. Grilli’s fastball [worked] both sides, was very efficient. And 8 of 10 first pitch strikes for Gomez.”


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