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Correia makes start, then prepares for delivery

After facing Phils, right-hander heads to San Diego for birth of third child


FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Right-hander Kevin Correia made his final start on Wednesday against the Phillies before heading back home to San Diego after the game to attend the birth of his third child with his wife, Diana.

Correia, who signed a two-year deal worth $10 million this offseason with the Twins, gave up three runs on five hits and two walks over 2 1/3 innings against the Phillies. He's scheduled to return to the Lee County Sports Complex on Sunday, but isn't sure when he'll make his next Grapefruit League start.

"I felt better than I did in my first outing," said Correia, who has a 6.23 ERA in two starts this spring. "I guess that's the goal -- just to progress every inning you're out there."

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he could tell Correia wasn't happy with his outing, but said it's not easy to pitch with distractions.

"I think he was a little frustrated today," Gardenhire said. "He doesn't like giving up runs like he told us. But I think he has a lot on his mind. So he'll take care of business back home and we'll get him back out there."

Correia said the one positive he'll take from his outing was that his curveball was crisp, especially considering how early it is in spring.

"It was probably my best pitch going today," said Correia, who threw 49 pitches. "I just had some problems with my cutter. That's what I was throwing on almost all the hits I gave up. So I'll just have to work on the location for where it needs to be."

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