Great expectations: Byron Buxton has immediate impact in big-league debut
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BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Minnesota Twins scored four runs in the top of the eighth inning, and Vance Worley gave up two runs in five innings Wednesday in a 7-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Reliever Brian Duensing pitched a scoreless inning to earn the win. Worley was named the Twins' starter for Monday's opener against the Tigers on Wednesday as well.
Catcher Eric Fryer, a former Pirates farmhand, drove in the tie-breaking run for the Twins in the seventh inning and finished with three RBI. Fryer's two-out seventh-inning single came off reliever Chris Leroux and scored Byron Buxton, who was the Twins' first-round selection, and the second-overall pick, in last year's big-league draft.
Buxton was called up from the Twins' minor league camp to make his first spring-training appearance with the major league team. He hit leadoff and opened with a single to center. Buxton stole second, went to third on catcher Russell Martin's throwing error and scored on an infield grounder by Joe Mauer.
Buxton, who started in center field and went 1-for-4, finished the game with two stolen bases. He scored three runs.
Twins left fielder Daniel Ortiz hit a two-run homer in the eighth off Leroux. Fryer had a two-run single later in the eighth.