La Velle E. Neal III has covered baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he grew up following the White Sox and hating the Cubs. He attended both the University of Illinois and Illinois-Chicago and began his baseball writing career at the Kansas City Star. He can be heard occasionally on KFAN radio, lending his great baseball mind to Paul Allen and other hosts. Mark Rosen borrows him occasionally for WCCO-TV.

Twins postgame: Correia, Willingham, Arcia, Wood,

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: February 23, 2013 - 4:29 PM

Some notes following the Twins' 5-3 loss to Baltimore on Saturday:

Kevin Correia worked his way through two innings on Saturday in his Twins debut, giving up a run on two hits and a sacrifice fly. Four of the six outs he got were on ground balls.
``It was good,'' he said. ``I was around the plate for the most part.''
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was pleased but knows the first outing of spring can't been taken too seriously.
``He was good,'' Gardenhire said. ``He was up a little bit, like he was rushing. We're going to get a feel for what he does, because we haven't seen a lot of him. Get a feel for how he pitches. To us, it was a little bit up. Who knows? During the course of the season, that might be the way he pitches. That might be who he is. We'll see.''
Oh, there's family expansion on Correia's mind too. Correia will make one more start before leaving for San Diego to be with his wife, Diane, who is about to give birth. Then he'll hop on a red-eye and return to camp. Correia is expected to help stabilize the back end of a revamped starting rotation. The Twins signed him to a two-year, $10 million contract, hoping he can give them at least 180 innings each season.

Pressly pitches

Righthander Ryan Pressly made his Twins debut on Saturday with a 1-2-3 inning in the third but was a little excited.
``I talked to him,'' Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. ``A little amped up.''
Pressly, a Rule 5 draft pick last December, got Brian Roberts to ground out, Nate McLouth to fly out and Nick Markakis to pop up in the inning. A solid debut for Pressly who hasn't pitched above Class AA.
Markakis popped out on a change up, a pitch he didn't throw much during Arizona Fall League action but has dusted off this spring. Now he wants to work on his slider and curveball.

Gardy on Arcia

Outfielder Oswaldo Arcia will miss several days with a left intercostal muscle strain suffered on Friday during early work at Hammond Stadium.
The Twins wanted to get a decent look at Arcia, one of their top prospects, in this camp. That will wait for awhile now as Arcia recovers.
''Obviously those things don't go away overnight,'' Gardenhire said. `There's a chance it might be a little be before he sees action again.''

Etc.

Baltimore got the game-winning hit in the eighth inning, when Trayvon Robinson hit a two-run homer off of Tyler Robertson. ``Cardinal sin, walked the first guy, then get  behind (Robinson),'' Gardenhire said. ``Robby kind of stopped the game and they ended up hitting a home run against him. First time out, see how we get better.''

Gardenhire was concerned about righthander Tim Wood, whose delivery was timed at 1.8 seconds to home plate, which is very slow. He was 1.2 seconds when he went to the slide step. ``That's not going to be acceptable on this level,'' Gardenhire said. ``We gave him the slide step, and he was like 1.2. He's got to find a happy medium. He's been a closer in Triple-A. He should never be that slow.''

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