Revere thanks Twins for his years in Minnesota
Outfielder collects two stolen bases, two runs against former team
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Phillies center fielder Ben Revere admitted it was strange playing against his former team on Wednesday, but made sure to thank the Twins organization for his time in Minnesota.
Revere, who was traded on Dec. 6 for pitchers Vance Worley and Trevor May, only had good things to say about the Twins. Revere went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases and two runs scored in a 12-5 loss to the Twins.
"I just want to say to the Minnesota Twins, up and down from the front office to the players, I just want a chance to say thank you," Revere said. "The reason why I'm here is them working with me from 2007 until now to make me a better player. Getting a chance to go through that organization was a blessing."
Revere wanted to especially thank general manager Terry Ryan, considering the club took a chance on him as a first-round Draft pick in '07, despite his small stature and lack of power. Revere proved the doubters wrong by hitting .278 with 74 stolen bases, as well as several spectacular catches in the outfield, in his 254 games with the Twins.
He said that when Ryan called him to tell him about the trade, the phone call lasted more than 30 minutes and both of them got emotional at times.
"Terry kind of teared up a little bit and it almost made me tear up," Revere said. "He's just helped me out a lot coming up through the Minor Leagues and up to the big leagues. I was not upset whatsoever. It was all about business. I just told him thank you for the opportunities."
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said it was good to see Revere, but didn't get a chance to talk to him before the game because he was working with Twins players on a different field.
"It was definitely weird seeing him in a Phillies uniform, because he spent so much time in a Twins uniform," Gardenhire said. "But he put a couple nice swings out there and hit the ball hard. That's what he does."
Correia makes start, then prepares for delivery
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Right-hander Kevin Correia made his final start on Wednesday against the Phillies before heading back home to San Diego after the game to attend the birth of his third child with his wife, Diana.
Correia, who signed a two-year deal worth $10 million this offseason with the Twins, gave up three runs on five hits and two walks over 2 1/3 innings against the Phillies. He's scheduled to return to the Lee County Sports Complex on Sunday, but isn't sure when he'll make his next Grapefruit League start.
"I felt better than I did in my first outing," said Correia, who has a 6.23 ERA in two starts this spring. "I guess that's the goal -- just to progress every inning you're out there."
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he could tell Correia wasn't happy with his outing, but said it's not easy to pitch with distractions.
"I think he was a little frustrated today," Gardenhire said. "He doesn't like giving up runs like he told us. But I think he has a lot on his mind. So he'll take care of business back home and we'll get him back out there."
Correia said the one positive he'll take from his outing was that his curveball was crisp, especially considering how early it is in spring.
"It was probably my best pitch going today," said Correia, who threw 49 pitches. "I just had some problems with my cutter. That's what I was throwing on almost all the hits I gave up. So I'll just have to work on the location for where it needs to be."
Hicks again impressive in victory over Phillies
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire liked what he saw from the offense in Minnesota's 12-5 win over the Phillies on Wednesday at Hammond Stadium.
The Twins racked up 17 hits to pick up their third straight Grapefruit League win. Prospect Aaron Hicks, who is battling for the center-field job, had another impressive game, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
"Hicksie is doing well," Gardenhire said. "He's going deep into at-bats and getting good counts and finishing them off with big hits."
But Hicks was far from the only one who had a good game at the plate, as Ryan Doumit hit a three-run homer, Josh Willingham had three hits and Mark Sobolewski and Wilkin Ramirez had two hits off the bench.
"We had a lot of good at-bats out there," Gardenhire said. "Drew Butera had a nice at-bat and Willingham had a nice day driving the ball around. So it's kinda up and down the lineup when you score that many runs."