JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Phil Hughes allowed one run in 2 2-3 innings Tuesday in his debut for the Minnesota Twins, who lost to the Miami Marlins 3-1.
Hughes allowed two hits and one walk and struck out three. He threw 44 pitches, 25 for strikes.
Marlins newcomer Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit his first home run leading off the fourth, and he scored twice. Miami’s Tom Koehler allowed one run in two innings in his second start of spring training.
Ed Lucas and Derek Dietrich, both contending for roster spots as reserve infielders, had RBI singles for Miami. The Marlins won even though they committed five errors and let an easy popup drop for a hit.
Top Twins outfield prospect Byron Buxton made his first start and went 0 for 5.