03/09/12 5:50 PM ET
Marquis makes changes, sees positive results
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
Marquis, who allowed four runs in just 1 2/3 innings against Boston on Monday, surrendered just one run on three hits and a walk over three innings against St. Louis. He said he worked on making some adjustments with pitching coach Rick Anderson in between his starts and it paid off.
"I've been working hard to get my delivery right because in the last game, it felt like my arm angle was dragging a little bit and I wasn't able to get any life on the ball," said Marquis, who threw 39 pitches, 20 for strikes. "I made a slight adjustment in my windup with Andy, and threw back-to-back bullpens just to make sure I was right coming into today. And so I was able to do a better job of that."
Marquis was also happy to see an old friend back on the mound for the Cardinals, as Adam Wainwright made his first start since undergoing Tommy John surgery last year. Wainwright, who last pitched in a game on Sept. 24, 2010, tossed two scoreless frames.
Marquis also added that it's always special to pitch against St. Louis, as he pitched there from 2004-06. The Cards went to the World Series in both '04 and '06, winning it against the Tigers in their second go-round.
"Every stop I've made has had a big meaning for me in my career, but my time with the Cardinals was special because we went to two World Series, won one of them, and I made a lot of close friends," Marquis said. "It's really where my career took off."
Doyle to face Bucs; Baker to start 'B' game
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Twins are sending a large contingent to Bradenton on Saturday, as they're playing in a "B" against the Pirates on a practice field at 9 a.m. CT and a Grapefruit League game at McKechnie Field at 12:05 p.m.
Joe Mauer and Ryan Doumit are the only position players not making the trip, as six buses and 18 cars are making the 90-mile drive north.
Right-hander Scott Baker is set to start in the "B" game, while Rule 5 Draft pick Terry Doyle is scheduled to start in the Grapefruit League game.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said that Doyle is making the start in the official game because it gives the club a chance to see him in a game environment against better hitters. Doyle, as a Rule 5 Draft pick, has to remain on the club's active roster all season or be offered back to the White Sox.
"I want to see him," Gardenhire said. "I haven't seen him at all. We Rule 5'd him, so we need to see him against competition and how he handles himself. When you Rule 5 a guy and you're going to keep a guy, you need to see him out there and usually the games start with their better hitters. If we put him in late in the game, he'd be facing the same kids he faced in Double-A last year."
Doyle tossed two scoreless innings in split-squad action against the Rays in his Grapefruit League debut on Sunday, but Gardenhire saw Francisco Liriano pitch that day against the Red Sox.
Nishioka gets scare, but OK after collision
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Twins second baseman Tsuyoshi Nishioka received a scare in the eighth inning of Friday's 3-2 loss to the Cardinals, when he failed to get out of the way of a sliding baserunner while trying to turn a double play.
Daniel Descalso slid into Nishioka as he tried to make the throw to first, which caused Nishioka's throw to sail wide and past first baseman Luke Hughes. Nishioka was OK, but it was reminiscent of the play that broke Nishioka's leg early last season that forced him to miss 59 games.
"He just needs to eat that ball because that's how he got his leg broken," Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He's trying to hang in there too long. He needs to get out of the way. On a slow hit ball, he's not going to turn two. The only way he can deliver that ball is if he clears that base by coming forward or going backwards. You can't stay at the bag. You're going to get killed."
Nishioka went 1-for-2 at the plate, but popped up in a key situation in the ninth with two runners on and one out with the Twins trailing by two. He's hitting .278 this spring, but has also made a few misplays in the field.
"We're just trying to get him out there and letting him play," Gardenhire said. "That's all I'm doing. I just want to see if the young man can put it together and bounce back after last year."