Infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka seems to make one head-scratching play a game. Friday was no different.
Nishioka, while trying to turn a double play in the eighth inning on Friday, was clobbered by Daniel Descalso's take-out slide. It brought back memories of last April 7, when he suffered a broken left leg when he was slid into by the Yankees' Nick Swisher.
The grounder, hit to Pedro Florimon at short, was hit softly, making a double play less likely. And, despite the Twins showing him how to avoid contact at second, Nishioka stood over the bag, making it easy to take him out.
"The only way he's going to get rid of that ball is to clear the base,'' Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.
Nishioka was 1-for-2 on Friday and is batting .278 this spring. But at times he's looked uncomfortable and has missed plays in the field. The Twins had hoped that Nishioka's second year in the United States would go smoother.
"We're just trying to get him out there and see if he can play and if he can rebound from last year,'' Gardenhire said.Marquis better
Jason Marquis on Friday made the adjustments he was looking for.
After some extra work in the bullpen this week, Marquis looked sharper during a 3-2 loss to St. Louis.
Marquis gave up one run over three innings on three hits and two walks. It looks bad, but he was around the plate more than he was in his debut on Tuesday against Boston. The work with pitching coach Rick Anderson paid off.
"I've been working hard to get my delivery right,'' Marquis said. "I adjusted my windup, working with Andy in back-to-back bullpens to make sure I felt right going in, and I was able to do a better job.''Wainwright returns
Cardinals righthander Adam Wainwright went two innings on Friday, giving up one run. It was his first outing since September 2010, when he tore a ligament in his elbow and missed all of 2011 following Tommy John surgery.
He walked one and struck out two in two innings.
Marquis said he's good friends with Wainwright and was encouraged to see him return to action.
"I'm just glad he's out on the mound, pain-free,'' Marquis said. "A lot of guys have, obviously, been through that surgery. When it's a close friend of yours, you hope for nothing but the best.''On deck
The Twins on Saturday have two games at Bradenton against the Pirates. Righthander Scott Baker will start a B game at 9 a.m. Righthanders Jason Bulger, Esmerling Vasquez and Alex Burnett are among the pitchers scheduled to follow him.
Righthander Terry Doyle, who has looked sharp, will start the regularly scheduled game at noon. Lefthander Matt Maloney and righthanders Kyle Waldrop, Anthony Swarzak, Jared Burton and Lester Oliveros are among pitchers scheduled to appear in the game.
|Detroit - LP: J. Mantiply||4||FINAL|
|NY Mets - WP: C. Torres||5|
|Pittsburgh||2||Top 4th Inning|
|Cleveland||21||2nd Qtr 11:30|
|Boston||0||1st Qtr 8:55|
|Detroit||4||1st Qtr 9:36|
|LA Lakers||4||1st Qtr 9:05|
|Phoenix||9||1st Qtr 9:24|
|Columbus||2||2nd Prd 13:41|
|Minnesota||1||2nd Prd 11:55|
|Buffalo||2||1st Prd :56|
|Miss Valley St||75|
|Towson||69||1st OT 0:09|
|Gardner-Webb||72||1st OT 0:04|
|Northern Ill||22||2nd Half 19:08|
|Bowling Green||35||2nd Half|
|Brown||43||2nd Half 15:54|
|Toledo||33||2nd Half 15:53|
|Akron||36||2nd Half 15:46|
|Ill-Chicago||38||2nd Half 16:24|
|Miami-Ohio||34||2nd Half 15:31|
|Columbia||17||2nd Half 15:22|
|Cornell||33||2nd Half 15:03|
|Central Mich||26||2nd Half 17:26|
|Bradley||32||2nd Half 16:26|
|Morehead State||29||1st Half 2:56|
|Yale||2||1st Half 17:01|
|Coll of Charleston||7:30 PM|
|Texas Tech||8:00 PM|
|Loyola Marymount||10:30 PM|
|(21) George Washington||77|
|(3) South Carolina||58|
|East Tenn St||66|
|(2) Notre Dame||77|
|(9) Arizona State||67|
|Miss Valley St||51|
|(18) Texas A&M||65||FINAL|
|(7) Florida State||82|
|Rhode Island||34||2nd Half 12:56|
|North Florida||19||2nd Half 14:30|
|(20) Fla Gulf Coast||41|
|Kennesaw St||34||2nd Half 15:12|
|USC Upstate||21||2nd Half 14:57|
|Lipscomb||37||2nd Half 15:00|
|Nebraska||38||2nd Half 15:39|
|Saint Peters||37||2nd Half 13:27|
|Navy||36||2nd Half 13:55|
|Lafayette||31||2nd Half 14:10|
|Colgate||21||2nd Half 14:18|
|Georgia||16||2nd Half 16:17|
|Dartmouth||52||2nd Half 11:08|
|Penn||29||2nd Half 15:22|
|(13) Princeton||62||2nd Half 7:59|
|Kansas||20||2nd Half 15:53|
|Harvard||49||2nd Half 9:55|
|(15) North Carolina||7:00 PM|
|San Jose St||5||1st Half 18:35|
|Utah State||8:00 PM|
|(8) Oregon State|
|New Mexico||8:00 PM|
|(12) Kentucky||8:25 PM|
|(11) Miss State|
|San Diego State||8:30 PM|
|Texas Tech||8:30 PM|
|Boise State||9:00 PM|
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