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Updated: March 15th, 2012 4:23pm
Notebook: Pirates rock Terry Doyle, rest of Twins' staff for 17 runs

Notebook: Pirates rock Terry Doyle, rest of Twins' staff for 17 runs

by Phil Mackey
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Minnesota Twins Rule-5 pick Terry Doyle must make the club out of spring training and remain on the 25-man roster all season or be offered back to the Chicago White Sox.

After Thursday's start against the Pittsburgh Pirates, he might need travel arrangements.

The Pirates sent 15 men to the plate in a 35-minute top of the first inning, scoring 10 runs on 10 hits. Doyle was bounced after just two outs were recorded.

The right-hander's final line in those 2/3 of an inning: Eight earned runs, seven hits, one walk, one hit batter and one strikeout. Seven of the balls put in play were line drives.

"I couldn't locate a fastball," Doyle said. "I'm not sure what it was, but I was trying to throw out and was throwing in -- trying to throw in and throwing out. Things up in the zone. A bunch of bad stuff happened."

Trailing 5-0, Doyle had a chance to get out of the inning when he induced a two-hopper to first baseman Aaron Bates. On the play, Bates slipped but recovered in time to beat Alex Presley to the bag by a fraction of a second.

But as Bates stepped on the bag, his glove -- along with the ball -- flew off his hand and up in the air. The umpire called Presley safe, allowing the inning to continue.

The Pirates scored one run on the play and four more after Anthony Swarzak came in.

For Doyle, his last two outings may have crippled his chances to make the team. He has now allowed 10 earned runs over his last 3 1/3 innings, and he'll have limited opportunities to turn things around in the second half of March.

Doyle owns a 2.94 minor league ERA in 422 2/3 career innings, but he has yet to pitch above Double-A. When he has pitched well in the minors, Doyle says he's "trying to get 10-pitch innings. ...

"I'm not trying to strike people out, not trying to walk people, trying to get them out on the first three pitches, then trying to go quickly from there. Even if they get a hit, I'm trying to get back in there and the next three pitches get another out."

Today's result

Pirates 17, Twins 6

• Twins' spring record: 7-7

• After falling behind 10-0 in the first inning, the Twins cut it to 10-4 after Joe Mauer's two-RBI single in the second inning. That was as close as they'd come. Mauer finished 1-for-3.

Luke Hughes went 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI. Denard Span went 1-for-3 with two runs, an RBI and his third stolen base of the spring.

• In relief of Doyle, Swarzak gave up three earned runs on five hits in 2 1/3 innings. Phil Dumatrait (2 IP) and Brendan Wise (1 IP) each gave up three earned runs as well.

• In and around the mess, Glen Perkins, Matt Capps and Luis Perdomo all threw scoreless innings, with Perdomo and Perkins each striking out two.

Twins without Gardenhire this weekend

Manager Ron Gardenhire will be absent until Monday while attending his father-in-law's funeral.

With split-squad games against the Orioles and Red Sox on Friday, and a 'B' game scheduled for 10 a.m. Sunday morning with the Pirates, the Twins will play five games in three days.

Even after cutting nine players on Thursday morning the Twins still have 57 on the spring training roster.

It's likely Round 2 of cuts will come sometime before the end of next week.

Numbers game

1: Swing-and-a-miss induced by Doyle over his last two outings (83 pitches).

10: Line drives allowed by Doyle in his last 3 1/3 innings. "I go out there and I feel strong, and I feel like I'm out of the bullpen and feeling pretty good," Doyle said. "And I'm going out on the mound and it's not carrying over. I'm not throwing well -- getting hit around a little bit."

19: Hits for the Pirates, including a home run, a double and a single by Presley.

4: RBIs by former Twin Garrett Jones, who belted a two-run homer off Dumatrait in the fifth inning.

1-for-20: Jamey Carroll's numbers after going 0-for-3 with a walk on Thursday.

Health report

• RHP Scott Baker is experiencing elbow tenderness once again, although general manager Terry Ryan downplayed the issue on Thursday.


"I didn't think Nishi could score a touchdown."
-- Gardenhire, when asked why Tsuyoshi Nishioka didn't play in Thursday's game.

On deck

Friday: vs. Orioles, 12:05 p.m. RHP Nick Blackburn vs. LHP Dana Eveland
Friday: @ Red Sox, 7:05 p.m. RHP Liam Hendriks vs. TBD
Saturday: @ Marlins, 12:05 p.m. RHP Carl Pavano vs. RHP Ricky Nolasco
Sunday: vs. Pirates, 12:05 p.m. LHP Francisco Liriano vs. RHP Charlie Morton

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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