Twins beat Pirates; revamped defense up the middle wins notice

  • Article by: PHIL MILLER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 16, 2013 - 11:46 PM

– Manager Ron Gardenhire leaned back in his chair following the Twins’ 2-1 victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday and said, “Defense, defense, defense. We really like defense.”

He wanted to see more of it this spring, and he’s getting it.

Second baseman Brian Dozier added two more excellent plays to his list, and Gardenhire praised the work of shortstop Pedro Florimon and center fielder Aaron Hicks.

Notice that all three are the up-the-middle positions. The spine of the defense.

“Guys are really making plays out there,” Gardenhire said. “Everyone in the middle infield is catching the ball pretty decent. Dozier has been spectacular, and Florimon makes it look pretty easy.”

“With the second-base change, the biggest thing was to feel comfortable,” Dozier said before the game. “At the same time, you have to play some defense over there. It is not an offensive position.”

With Alex Pressley on second base in the third, Hicks chased down a fly ball to left-center, planted and threw to third to keep Pressly from even thinking about tagging up and advancing.

“We were hoping the one guy would try to go on him, just to see him throw,” Gardenhire said. “They’d seen the one ball he caught deep in the outfield [in the first inning] and how quick he set his feet and hit the cut-off man rather than taking five or six quick steps and having to wind up. That’s athleticism.”

The Twins scored their runs on a RBI groundout by Josh Willingham in the first and a RBI single by Brandon Boggs in the eighth.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions
Final123456789RHE
Chicago WSox «3022011009170
Minnesota010002101592
@Ballpark Replay
Preview | Matchup | Lineup | Log | Wrap | Box
W:J.Danks(9-6) L:K.Correia(5-13)
HR: CWS- T.Flowers (6), A.Ramirez (9), J.Abreu (30) MIN- J.Willingham (10), O.Arcia (7)

ADVERTISEMENT

St. Louis - LP: K. Siegrist 6 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - WP: J. Grimm 7
Toronto - LP: M. Buehrle 4 FINAL
NY Yankees - WP: H. Kuroda 6
Arizona - LP: W. Miley 5 FINAL
Philadelphia - WP: K. Kendrick 9
Washington - WP: T. Roark 4 FINAL
Cincinnati - LP: A. Simon 1
Boston - LP: J. Tazawa 4 FINAL
Tampa Bay - WP: D. Price 6
San Diego - WP: J. Hahn 5 FINAL
Atlanta - LP: A. Wood 2
Oakland - LP: J. Hammel 1 FINAL
Texas - WP: J. Williams 4
NY Mets - WP: C. Torres 3 FINAL
Milwaukee - LP: F. Rodriguez 2
Miami - WP: B. Hand 2 FINAL
Houston - LP: D. Keuchel 0
Chicago WSox - WP: J. Danks 9 FINAL
Minnesota - LP: K. Correia 5
Cleveland - LP: C. Carrasco 4 FINAL
Kansas City - WP: K. Herrera 6
Pittsburgh - LP: C. Morton 1 FINAL
Colorado - WP: B. Anderson 8
Detroit - LP: D. Smyly 1 FINAL
LA Angels - WP: M. Morin 2
Baltimore - WP: D. O`Day 2 FINAL
Seattle - LP: C. Furbush 1
Los Angeles - WP: Z. Greinke 8 FINAL
San Francisco - LP: T. Lincecum 1
Chivas USA 0 FINAL
Colorado 3
Calgary 26 FINAL
Edmonton 22
Winnipeg 23 FINAL
Brt Columbia 6
Ottawa 6:00 PM
Hamilton
Toronto 9:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Winnipeg 7/31/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton
Toronto 8/1/14 6:00 PM
Montreal
Brt Columbia 8/1/14 9:00 PM
Calgary
Saskatchewan 8/2/14 6:00 PM
Ottawa
Tulsa 77 FINAL
Washington 82
Chicago 79 FINAL
Atlanta 75
San Antonio 78 FINAL
Minnesota 88
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: What's your outlook for the Twins' second half?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close