Nolasco satisfied with spring debut

Righty strikes out three, walks none in two-inning Grapefruit start

Nolasco satisfied with spring debut

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Twins right-hander Ricky Nolasco came away pleased with his Grapefruit League debut against the Pirates on Monday.

Nolasco gave up one run on two hits over two innings with three strikeouts and no walks in the Twins' 1-1 tie with the Bucs. The lone run he allowed came on back-to-back doubles from Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker with two outs in the first inning.

"It was good," Nolasco said. "Everything felt sharp. The sinker was running pretty good. I threw a couple sharp breaking balls. I wanted to get a lot of fastballs in early, and I was able to do that."

Nolasco, who had a 5.38 ERA in 27 starts last season, made it his mission to come into camp in better shape, as he looks much leaner. He hired a live-in chef this offseason and altered his workout program after traveling through Europe for a month with his former Marlins teammates Giancarlo Stanton and A.J. Ramos in October.

"I feel strong," Nolasco said. "It's not like I wasn't last year, but I just made a different approach to it this year. I feel strong and that my legs are under me. So it was a good first day."

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.