02/25/2013 1:04 PM ET
Worley has everything working in debut
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Right-hander Vance Worley became the first Twins starter this spring to toss two scoreless frames when he did it against the Pirates on Monday at Hammond Stadium.
Worley, in his spring debut with the Twins after being acquired in the trade that sent Ben Revere to Philadelphia, gave up just two hits and started out the game by striking out Alex Presley looking.
"I had command of everything I threw out there," Worley said. "But I didn't throw any changeups or split-fingers out there. I threw only two-seam, four-seam fastballs, cutters and curveballs. I had pretty good command on both sides of the plate, so I'll take it."
Worley said his changeup is still a work in progress and that he developed his cutter with the help of Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay. He said he grips his cutter like Halladay, but that it actually moves like left-hander Cole Hamels' cutter.
He said the biggest thing he took away from working alongside Halladay was the importance of getting ahead of hitters, and that was the case against the Pirates. Worley threw first-pitch strikes to seven of the eight batters he faced.
Worley added that he doesn't care too much about Spring Training results, but that it's always nice to do well.
"Moreso now I don't mind it as much because it's more about getting things ready to go," Worley said. "But it's always in the back of my mind, 'Compete, compete, compete,' so if I get beat on something that's not good, it's going to tick me off. So I probably won't throw something that'll get me beat."