Pelfrey, Deduno lead strong pitching effort in tie
Righties each toss three scoreless innings; Mauer chips in with RBI single
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Twins and Phillies played to a 1-1 draw after nine innings, with Philadelphia tying the game with a run in the eighth inning on Sunday at Hammond Stadium.
The Phillies, who didn't have a hit until the sixth inning on Tony Gwynn Jr.'s bloop single, tied it up with an unearned run against right-hander Kyle Gibson, with two key plays being reviewed as part of baseball's new expanded replay rules.
Philadelphia's John Mayberry reached on a throwing error from third baseman Brandon Waring to open the inning, and the play was reviewed to determine whether the ball left the field of play, which was the initial ruling. After a review of about two minutes initiated by a challenge from Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, the replay was ruled inconclusive and the play stood as called.
Mayberry then reached third on a sacrifice bunt from Gwynn before scoring on a close play at the plate on Ronny Cedeno's grounder to shortstop Danny Santana. The play was also reviewed -- this time at the umpires' discretion -- and after roughly two minutes and 30 seconds, the play was upheld because of limited footage.
"It was an interesting day with the video," Gardenhire said. "We got a 99 percent sure he was out from our guy [Twins director of Major League video Sean Harlin], but it was ruled inconclusive by their guy on the play at the plate. But I'm sure that's all going to change during the season with the system in New York. But right now, it's not a perfect system."
Twins starter Mike Pelfrey, making his third Grapefruit League start, threw three hitless innings, walking two and striking out one. He threw 35 pitches, with 20 going for strikes.
Minnesota right-hander Samuel Deduno, who is competing for the fifth spot in the rotation, was also solid, as he allowed just one hit and a walk over three scoreless frames. Gibson, who is also in the mix for the fifth starter job, threw two innings.
The Twins scored early against right-hander Jeff Manship, who pitched for Minnesota from 2009-12 and is competing for a spot on Philadelphia's roster as a non-roster invitee.
Darin Mastroianni led off the first with a walk before advancing to second on a grounder from Kurt Suzuki. Joe Mauer then laced an RBI single to left field but was thrown out trying to advance on the throw home that was cut off by third baseman Cody Asche.
It was the only damage done against Manship, who gave up one run on two hits, with a walk and a strikeout, in three innings.
"He made pitches," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said about Manship. "He got three innings. He's just down, constantly down in the zone. Then he elevates when he wants to as a purpose pitch. He just mixes up his stuff. He threw strikes. When he did get behind, he was able to adjust, he knows how to pitch a little bit and take a little off and have a little movement. He seemed to get ground balls even in fastball counts up to this point."
After the Twins were unable to score in the ninth against right-hander Brad Lincoln, the game was called instead of going to extra innings.
Up next: The Twins have their first and only off-day of the spring on Monday before heading to Port Charlotte on Tuesday to face the Rays at 12:05 p.m. CT, live on Gameday Audio. Right-hander Ricky Nolasco is slated to make his second Grapefruit League start after his last scheduled start was washed away due to rain. Reliever Matt Guerrier, who had surgery in mid-August to repair the flexor mass in his right elbow, is expected to make his spring debut.