03/04/12 4:00 PM EST
Parmelee, Towles power Twins over Rays
By Bill Chastain / MLB.com
Trevor Plouffe greeted Badenhop with a single to start the sixth. Parmelee then followed with a homer to right that erased a 2-1 Twins deficit.
Reigning American League Rookie of the Year Jeremy Hellickson started for the Rays and held the Twins scoreless during his two-inning stint, aided greatly by Sean Rodriguez. Minnesota had two aboard in the first when the Rays' shortstop went to his knees to backhand a shot by Danny Valencia. Matt Mangini successfully picked the one-hopper at first for the third out.
"I felt really good," Hellickson said. "I went out there and threw strikes and the defense made two really good plays behind me."
Terry Doyle started for the Twins, with general manager Terry Ryan watching intently. Minnesota selected Doyle from the White Sox with the second pick of December's Rule 5 Draft. The right-hander held the Rays scoreless on no hits, a walk and a hit batsman through two innings.
"First inning couldn't have gone any better for me, it was pretty quick and I made a lot of good pitches," Doyle said. "Second inning was a little frustrating because I didn't throw too many strikes. But to go two scoreless and get the first one out of the way is plenty good for me. Can't be too critical and can't complain too much about it."
Plouffe gave the Twins an early lead when he singled home a run in the third off Rays bullpen hopeful Fernando Rodney.
Matt Joyce, who homered in his first spring at-bat on Saturday, continued his good start with an RBI single off Scott Diamond in the bottom of the third to tie the score at 1.
Jeff Salazar homered off Luis Perdermo with one out in the fourth to give the Rays a 2-1 lead.
Up next for the Twins: The Twins play their first and only night game of the spring on Monday, as they host the Red Sox at Hammond Stadium at 6:05 p.m. CT. Right-hander Jason Marquis is set to make his Grapefruit League debut with the Twins against Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz. Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Denard Span and Josh Willingham -- who didn't play on Sunday -- are expected to return to action Monday night.
Up next for the Rays: The Rays will host the Orioles on Monday afternoon at Charlotte Sports Park. Wade Davis will make his first start of the spring. The right-hander, who has been in the rotation the past two seasons, is competing to remain there. Alex Cobb and Alex Torres also are scheduled to pitch. They are further down in the pecking order among Tampa Bay's starters, but each has had success at the Major League level and are vital to the Rays' pitching depth.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.