Milone, May look strong in Minor League game

Both pitchers vying for final rotation spot

Milone, May look strong in Minor League game

SARASOTA, Fla. -- With the Twins off on Monday, they had left-hander Tommy Milone and right-hander Trevor May pitch in Minor League games, and all went well for the two aspirants for the fifth spot in the rotation, manager Paul Molitor said Tuesday.

Milone gave up a two-run homer to Minor League catcher Carlos Paulino in the first inning, but then he settled down to retire the final 11 batters he faced in his four innings of work.

May, who missed time early in camp with the flu, gave up one run over three innings.

"They both threw the ball well," Molitor said of the two rotation candidates, who are also up against Mike Pelfrey and Alex Meyer to be the final piece of Minnesota's starting five. "Milone gave up a two-run homer in the first on I think a cutter that didn't get in far enough. But they both threw strikes."

Molitor watched the game in street clothes from behind the plate, and he noted how it differed from observing in the dugout.

"I had a different perspective watching from behind, which I don't normally," Molitor said. "But it gave me a better feel on how their pitches were looking and moving. I thought May did a good job using all of his pitches. His command of his secondary pitches was good, and for him that's something I've been concerned about. And they both did well with the running game and got through it clean for the most part."

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.