Pelfrey struggles again in 8-5 loss to Marlins

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 23, 2013 at 11:45 pm •  Published: April 23, 2013
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Eduardo Escobar had three hits, including a triple, for the Twins, who got a homer from Oswaldo Arcia and seven strong innings from Kevin Correia to take Game 1.

Arcia's three-run homer in the fourth backed Correia (2-1), who allowed five hits and struck out five. Brian Dozier had three hits, and Glen Perkins earned his sixth save.

Jose Fernandez (0-2) gave up four runs and six hits for the Marlins.

The teams were supposed to open their series Monday night, but the latest snowstorm put that one on ice. It was the third home game the Twins have had to postpone because of weather this year — there were just five in the first three seasons of Target Field.

Grounds crew members and ballpark personnel worked through the night to clear the heavy, wet snow from the field, seats and stairways. The temperature at first pitch was 38 degrees for Game 1 and a balmy 42 for Game 2, but the field, which has heater coils underneath it to combat cold temperatures, was lush and green.

"I think it's harder to hit in (the cold weather) than pitch in it," Correia said. "It's kind of tough to get a feel on the baseball. I've thrown well in the cold. I wouldn't call myself happy to be out there. I can't wait for the 70-degree weather to come around."

Marlins manager Mike Redmond, who was a backup catcher to Mauer for five years, got a nice ovation before the opener. The gregarious Redmond was a favorite in the clubhouse and is etched in Twins lore for his penchant for stripping down and walking around the clubhouse naked when things weren't going well, his way of trying to insert levity.

"He just knows a lot about the game," Mauer said. "And the way he related to younger players, especially myself, you kind of knew that he'd be really good at being a manager later on. It's really exciting for me to see him over there, and it should be fun."

NOTES: The run Twins RHP Jared Burton allowed in the eighth inning of Game 1 was his first in nine appearances this year. ... Both teams are off on Wednesday. The Twins open a weekend series with Texas on Thursday, and RHP Vance Worley (0-2, 7.11) will start the opener. Miami heads home to face the Chicago Cubs. Marlins RHP Kevin Slowey (0-2, 1.90) will start on Thursday against RHP Edwin Jackson (0-3, 4.84).



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