FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Carlos Silva knows he needs to expand
his repertoire of pitches, and that's what the right-hander is
working on this spring.
So far so good for Silva, who struck out two in two scoreless
innings for the Minnesota Twins in a 5-1 victory over the Tampa Bay
Devil Rays on Monday.
Silva went 14-8 with a 4.21 ERA last year, his first as a
full-time major league starter. Armed with a good sinker, Silva is
trying to establish his breaking balls in preparation for the
"You can have the best slider in the league, but if you don't
have another pitch they're going to sit on that," said Silva, who
signed a $5.05 million, two-year contract over the winter.
After arriving from Philadelphia in the trade for Eric Milton,
Silva wasn't sure what to expect with a new team in a new league
with a new role. It's worked out well for him.
"This team, and the coaches, they make everything easy for
you," Silva said.
Silva allowed one hit and -- like the other four Twins who
pitched Monday -- didn't allow a walk.
"He was pounding it inside, outside, putting it right where he
wanted it," Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said.
Devil Rays starter Mark Hendrickson gave up five hits and two
runs -- one earned -- in three innings. Rob Bell, fighting for a spot
in the rotation, relieved and yielded five hits and three runs in
Tampa Bay center fielder Chris Singleton, in camp as a nonroster
player, left the game in the middle of the first inning after
feeling a twinge in his groin. It's not considered serious. He was
replaced by Tom Goodwin, another veteran nonroster invitee the
Devil Rays are looking at in a crowded outfield competition.
Delmon Young went 2-for-4 for the Devil Rays.
C.J. Nitkowski pitched two perfect innings of relief for the
Twins. Shannon Stewart and Michael Restovich each went 2-for-3 with
a run and an RBI for Minnesota, and shortstop prospect Jason
Bartlett was 2-for-3 with a double and a run.
Twins catcher Joe Mauer was given Monday off because of some
mild soreness and swelling in his left knee, the first problem he's
had this spring.
The team was told by Mauer's doctors that this was a normal
expectation in his recovery from surgery to repair torn medial
meniscus cartilage in the knee. But it wasn't exactly good news,
"We're going to back him off for a day or two," Gardenhire
said, "and see how it goes from there. All we can do is wait and