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Twins 4, Nationals 2: Hector Santiago and Tyler Duffey strong on the mound

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The offense was pretty boring in this game, but the pitching proved stellar for Minnesota—which is a relief.

MLB: Spring Training-Minnesota Twins at Washington Nationals
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If you asked Rob Manfred, he’d probably complain about this game because the offensive part of it was pretty boring. However, the Twins had some good pitching today, which should be encouraging for fans.

After being knocked around in his first start of the spring, Hector Santiago actually did pretty well (amazing, I know). In his last start before leaving to represent Puerto Rico in the WBC on Monday, Santiago threw 2.2 scoreless innings and had five (!) strikeouts. He only gave up a double, a single, and a walk.

Tyler Duffey, who’s also had some struggles, did well too, pitching two scoreless innings with only one hit surrendered.

The only pitcher who didn’t really have a good day was Rule 5 Draft pick Justin Haley. He was responsible for both of the Nats runs in his 1.2 innings of work, and made an error on a pick-off attempt. Um, at least he didn’t walk anyone?

The Twins were pretty quiet at the plate for most of the game. They scored the first run in the top of the 6th thanks to a Kennys Vargas walk and a Ben Paulsen double. After the Nats got those two runs back, the Twins answered with a three-run top of the 8th, thanks mostly to a wild pitch by Nats thrower Sammy Solis and a two-run home run by Matt Hauge.

Eddie Rosario, who is leaving tomorrow to join team Puerto Rico in the WBC, also had a good day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double.