Hernandez demonstrated some of those annual struggles on Thursday when he gave up six runs, five earned, on 10 hits over three innings. He threw close to 50 pitches over that span.The right-hander blamed the rough performance on an inability to locate his pitches. He said he was focusing on throwing sinkers outside, but could not consistently hit his spots. Gardenhire said that while poor results like Thursday's can sometimes raise red flags, in this instance the skipper is not too concerned. "If a young kid does that, you get worried," Gardenhire said. "If a veteran does that, you call it Spring Training." Liriano watch: Gardenhire said that the plan is to have Francisco Liriano throw between 40-50 pitches in his first spring start on Friday. While it will be Liriano's first game action of the spring, the club isn't worried about the left-hander being ready for the start of the regular season. Gardenhire said that he feels there is plenty of time to get Liriano's pitch count up to between 80-100 pitches before the club breaks camp on March 29. Taking a spill: Thursday's contest between the Twins and Orioles included a few humorous moments, including one from the team's newest comedian. On a hard hit single through the hole at shortstop by Orioles catcher Guillermo Quiroz in the third inning, third baseman Mike Lamb somehow tripped and fell on his behind with his back facing home plate. Lamb sat on the ground for a few minutes as he retied his shoelaces. And that's when Lamb showed off a bit of his humor. After getting back on his feet and returning to his spot near third base, he tipped his cap to the crowd in jest. "He was working on his decoys," Gardenhire said of the fall. "It was pretty funny actually. Considering the way things were going, it fit." Twins tidbits: Right-hander Matt Guerrier left camp following Monday's workout to tend to a family issue. Guerrier is expected to rejoin the team sometime on Friday. ... The Twins are expected to hold their first set of cuts this Sunday. Gardenhire said that he expects it to be a fairly significant first cut so the Twins can get to a more workable number of players. Up next: The Twins prepare for their only split squad of the spring on Friday. Liriano, who is coming off Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery, will make his spring debut in a start against the Red Sox at City of Palms Park in Fort Myers at 12:05 p.m. CT. Left-hander Glen Perkins will get the start in the second contest as the Twins head to Dunedin to take on the Blue Jays in another 12:05 p.m. CT start.
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