Eric Fryer went 2-for-2 with three RBI as the Twins topped the Pirates 7-4 in Bradenton. Daniel Ortiz hit a two-run homer, while Joe Mauer had two hits and an RBI for Minnesota. Vance Worley gave up two runs while striking out five over five innings of work. The Twins battle the Red Sox today in Fort Myers.
The Twins named Vance Worley the Opening Day starter following his solid outing on Wednesday. Worley will face the Detroit Tigers on Monday at Target Field. The right-hander went 0-and-1 with a 5.73 ERA this spring. Justin Verlander will pitch for the Tigers. In other team news, the Twins optioned pitcher Alex Burnett to Triple-A Rochester.
The Twins are ranked the 20th most valuable franchise in Major League Baseball, according to Forbes. The Twins are worth 578-million-dollars, which is a 13-pecent increase from last year. The average team is valued at 744-million-dollars, 23-percent higher than last year. The Yankees top the list at 2.3-billion.