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Worley doesn't hold back during his four innings


PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Right-hander Vance Worley came away mostly satisfied with his four-inning outing against the Rays on Monday night at Charlotte Sports Park.

Worley became the first Twins pitcher to reach the four-inning mark this spring, and he gave up two runs on five hits and a walk with two strikeouts. Worley threw 52 pitches and said he felt good enough to go back out for the fifth, but he was told his night was done by pitching coach Rick Anderson.

He allowed a run in the first on an RBI double by Evan Longoria and another in the second on a solo shot by Luke Scott. But he also was able to get out of jams in the second and third innings with inning-ending double plays.

"Early on, I was just trying to get ahead but they were being aggressive, so I made that adjustment late in the second after the home run," Worley said. "I was just working on going inside and outside and changing their eye levels. So for the most part, I was pretty happy with my performance tonight."

Worley, who had a bone chip removed from his elbow in September, didn't hold anything back against the Rays, as he threw all his pitches with maximum effort.

"I turned back around and I was almost mid-90s," Worley said. "I got to 94 [mph] once and I hadn't seen that in a couple years."

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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