Cole has good showing for Bucs
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Cole De Vries knows he’s pitching for a job.
Trying to earn a spot in Minnesota’s rotation, De Vries gave up one run and three hits in three innings Saturday during the Twins’ 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
“I’m going out there every day and competing like one of those spots is mine to lose, and go out there and attack as much as I can,” he said. “I really feel that if I pitch my game I will have one of those spots.”
Top Pirates prospect Gerrit Cole allowed one run and five hits in four innings, struck out four and walked none. The top pick in the 2011 amateur draft, Cole has a 3.60 ERA this spring training in three appearances over 10 innings.
Gaby Sanchez hit a sacrifice fly in the first, but Josh Willingham’s RBI grounder tied the score in the bottom half. Brandon Boggs, a non-roster invitee to Twins camp, hit a go-ahead single off Kris Johnson with two outs in the eighth.
De Vries is 2-0 with a 0.90 ERA in 10 innings. Still, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire wasn’t pleased De Vries threw 60 pitches and walked two.
“You have to do better,” Gardenhire said.
De Vries allowed a pair of leadoff doubles, both to Alex Presley.