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Puerto Rico piles on in exhibition win vs. Twins

Figueroa provides key RBI single off Minnesota reliever Burnett in eighth inning

Puerto Rico piles on in exhibition win vs. Twins

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Luis Figueroa laced a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning to help lead Team Puerto Rico to an 8-7 win over the Twins on Wednesday in an exhibition game at Hammond Stadium.

Figueroa's one-out single off reliever Anthony Slama scored Jesus Feliciano, who walked earlier in the inning against reliever Alex Burnett.

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Puerto Rico got on the board against right-hander Vance Worley with a sacrifice fly from Alex Rios in the first inning after a double from Angel Pagan and a single from Irving Falu.

Worley, though, settled down after that opening frame. He allowed two runs (three earned) on six hits over 3 1/3 innings in his third start of the spring.

"I started throwing harder, because I was tired of giving up little bleeders and broken-bat hits," Worley said. "I thought the only way I could beat it was to throw harder and try to beat their swing."

Center fielder Aaron Hicks, one of only a handful of regulars to play for the Twins, went 2-for-2 with a walk and a solo homer in the first off Puerto Rico starter Giancarlo Alvarez.

The Twins scored four times in the second inning, with Eduardo Escobar bringing home a couple of runs with a two-run single before Jeff Clement and Brandon Boggs walked with the bases loaded.

But Puerto Rico came back with a run in the fourth, scored twice in the sixth and twice in the seventh. Pedro Valdes hit a two-run homer in the sixth off Jared Burton and went 3-for-4 with three RBIs.

Twins prospects Jose Berrios and Eddie Rosario both saw action for Team Puerto Rico, as Berrios tossed a scoreless inning in relief and Rosario went 1-for-3 with a single.

Wilkin Ramirez hit his first homer of the spring, taking Puerto Rico pitcher Randy Fontanez deep in the seventh inning.

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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