Newcomer Vance Worley named Twins' opening day starting pitcher
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The Minnesota Twins announced Wednesday that right-hander Vance Worley will be the team's opening day starter against the Detroit Tigers on April 1 at Target Field. Worley is set to face Justin Verlander.
In his final spring start Wednesday in Bradenton, Worley held the Pittsburgh Pirates to two runs on seven hits in five innings, striking out five while walking nobody.
Worley, 25, owns a 3.50 career ERA with 238 strikeouts and 97 walks in 277 2/3 innings, all with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Over his first five Grapefruit League outings, Worley had a 6.35 ERA, giving up 27 hits in 17 innings.
Manager Ron Gardenhire announced after Worley's outing that he will start Monday. "I'm excited," Worley said. "Especially after having the spring that I've had. I finally got the kinks out and threw the ball well today."
The Twins traded for Worley in November after he went 6-9 with a 4.20 ERA last season for the Phillies.
"Today was his best stuff," Gardenhire said. "He had a nice breaking ball. He was sharp. The best we've seen. We want him to be that 200-inning guy and give us a chance. That's what we got him for."
The Twins acquired Worley this offseason, along with right-hander Trevor May, for outfielder Ben Revere.
Mike Pelfrey, Kevin Correia, Cole De Vries and Liam Hendriks are likely to fill out the rest of the Twins' rotation until Scott Diamond returns in mid-April.
The Associated Press contributed