FORT MYERS, Fla. -- After struggling in his first Spring Training start, Twins right-hander Jason Marquis bounced back against the Cardinals on Friday in his second Grapefruit League outing.
Marquis, who allowed four runs in just 1 2/3 innings against Boston on Monday, surrendered just one run on three hits and a walk over three innings against St. Louis. He said he worked on making some adjustments with pitching coach Rick Anderson in between his starts and it paid off.
"I've been working hard to get my delivery right because in the last game, it felt like my arm angle was dragging a little bit and I wasn't able to get any life on the ball," said Marquis, who threw 39 pitches, 20 for strikes. "I made a slight adjustment in my windup with Andy, and threw back-to-back bullpens just to make sure I was right coming into today. And so I was able to do a better job of that."
Marquis was also happy to see an old friend back on the mound for the Cardinals, as Adam Wainwright made his first start since undergoing Tommy John surgery last year. Wainwright, who last pitched in a game on Sept. 24, 2010, tossed two scoreless frames.
Marquis also added that it's always special to pitch against St. Louis, as he pitched there from 2004-06. The Cards went to the World Series in both '04 and '06, winning it against the Tigers in their second go-round.
"Every stop I've made has had a big meaning for me in my career, but my time with the Cardinals was special because we went to two World Series, won one of them, and I made a lot of close friends," Marquis said. "It's really where my career took off."