Doyle battered early, and relievers behind him struggle as well

  • Updated: March 16, 2012 - 2:16 AM

FORT MYERS, FLA. - This Twins camp has been about evaluating candidates for the bullpen, so at least they had a lot to look at Thursday.

The Twins were plastered 17-6 by Pittsburgh at Hammond Stadium as the Pirates hit three home runs on a day when the wind was blowing in from right and four pitchers were charged with three earned runs.

Righthander Terry Doyle, the Rule 5 draft pick from the White Sox, let eight of the 10 batters he faced reach base and put the Twins in a 7-0 hole before he was yanked with two outs in the first inning.

"In the bullpen I was throwing pretty good," said Doyle, whose Grapefruit League ERA shot up to 16.88. "And when I'm out there on the mound it's not carrying over. I'm not throwing well, and I'm getting hit around a little bit."

Anthony Swarzak hurried to get ready and wasn't much better when he reached the mound, giving up three runs over 2 1/3 innings.

Phil Dumatrait gave up three runs, including two homers, over two innings. In the fifth, he needed a few seconds to gather himself after catching a vicious liner by Jose Tabata, but he walked Andrew McCutchen and then gave up a homer to former Twins infielder Garrett Jones.

Luke Hughes has two hits and an RBI for the Twins.

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