3/1/2013 4:15 P.M. ET
World Baseball Classic forces lineup creativity
By Christina De Nicola / Special to MLB.com
JUPITER, Fla. -- With World Baseball Classic squads gathering over the next few days, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has turned to creativity with his lineup.
First-base options, for example, will shrink when Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau depart either Saturday night or Sunday morning.
That leaves Chris Parmalee and Jeff Clement to split time at the position. Outfielders Brian Dinkelman and Chris Herrmann have started taking ground balls at first.
Gardenhire said that players headed to the Classic like infielder Chris Colabello (Italy) will get additional looks when they return. The team will not hold a player's participation against him.
"I would have done it if I ever had the opportunity, but I wasn't good enough," Gardenhire said. "Don't do something that you're going to think about after you're done and say 'I wish I had done that.' [If] you have an opportunity thrown out there and you feel strongly about it, do that."
Worley happy with execution over results
JUPITER, Fla. -- Twins starter Vance Worley struggled in his second start of the spring, allowing four runs (three earned) in two innings against the Marlins on Friday afternoon at Roger Dean Stadium.
The 25-year-old right-hander also gave up six hits while facing 12 batters. He struck out one batter and walked another. Of his 41 pitches, 23 were for strikes. After two starts, his Spring Training ERA sits at 6.75.
Acquired in an offseason trade with the Phillies, Worley pitched two scoreless two-hit innings against the Pirates last Monday in his Minnesota debut.
When Worley threw a changeup to Marlins catcher and No. 8 hitter Kyle Skipworth on Friday, it broke the bat, but still went for a double into right field.
"I made my pitch and I got him to do what I needed him to do, except the ball found the hole," Worley said. "That seemed to be every hit today except for a couple."
In the second inning, Worley changed his approach, going more inside rather than to the corner of the plate. Worley said he threw his four-seam fastball where he needed to and that it sank hard. His cutter and curveball were good.
"[I] made my pitches -- just things didn't go my way," Worley said.
Gardenhire remembers Redmond fondly
JUPITER, Fla. -- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire remembers talking strategy with Mike Redmond during games as the pair watched games from the bench.
Redmond, who served as Minnesota's backup catcher for five seasons from 2005-09, was hired by the Marlins last November to replace Ozzie Guillen after a disappointing 69-93 last-place finish in the National League East. Redmond's previous coaching experience consisted of two seasons with Class A teams in the Toronto Blue Jays organization.
The 41-year-old Redmond said he always laughed when Gardenhire would take off his hat and fire it down on the turf moments before being thrown out of a game.
"He's loyal to his guys," Redmond said. "He backed his players up. His players always knew when you're out there competing and grinding, he had their backs. That's huge in this game."
During his 13 years in the big leagues, Redmond hit .287 with 13 home runs and 243 RBIs in 764 games. He was a member of the Marlins' 2003 World Series ballclub.
Of the 30 current MLB managers, 12 are former catchers
"They sit in there and pay attention to all parts of the game," Gardenhire said. "That's the benefit and advantage they have doing what they do. They study the game. He was a backup catcher, so he really paid attention to what pitchers were doing out there and sequences. He was a constant."
• Outfielder Josh Willingham, who was originally scheduled to start Friday's game against the Marlins at designated hitter, felt stiffness in his back during his last at-bat on Thursday and didn't make the trip. Gardenhire said he and Willingham spoke after the game and decided to sit him out. Gardenhire received a text from the 34-year-old this morning saying that he would still go through his workout.
• On Friday, center fielder Aaron Hicks became the first Twins player to play nine innings this spring.
Christina De Nicola is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.