Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Morneau, Colabello double Twins to first win

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: February 25, 2013 - 2:55 PM

FORT MYERS, FLA. -- Justin Morneau drove in three runs with a bases-loaded double on Monday, and Morneau's backup at first base, Chris Colabello, broke an eighth-inning tie with a double of his own, leading the Twins to their first victory of the spring, 5-4 over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Hammond Stadium.

Morneau, after lining into a double play in his first at-bat, walloped a pitch from Jeanmar Gomez to the wall in left-center in the fourth inning, driving home Jamey Carroll, who had singled, and Joe Mauer and Josh Willingham, who had walked. Morneau then scored when Brian Dozier laced a single up the middle off Brooks Brown.

But the Pirates tied the score in the seventh inning when outfielder Jose Tabata launched an Esmerling Vazquez pitch beyond the left-field wall.

That set up Colabello's heroics, for the second straight day. The reserve first baseman, whose ninth-inning single tied Sunday's game against Tampa Bay, sliced a double into right-center, driving home Brandon Boggs from first with the tie-breaking run.

Vance Worley started and pitched two scoreless innings in his spring debut, and Pedro Hernandez earned the save. Hernandez was aided by a sparkling 5-4-3 double play started on a slick play by third-base prospect Mark Sobolewski.

The Twins, now 1-2 in Grapefruit League play, travel to Dunedin on Tuesday to face Toronto.


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