After finally earning his first win in a Twins uniform last time out, Minnesota right-hander Vance Worley took another step forward Friday. Unfortunately for Worley, it didn't result in his second straight victory. Worley allowed just one unearned run in six innings Friday against Boston and left with a one-run lead. But the Twins went on to lose 3-2 in extra innings, meaning Worley earned a no-decision. Still, Worley believed Friday was a step in the right direction. "It felt good," Worley said. "We worked on a few things this last week in our bullpens and I felt like it carried over. They took a lot of good pitches that I threw today and the ones I wanted them to swing at, I just wasn't getting any swings." Keeping the ball down was key for Worley, who induced three double plays in his six innings of work. Shortstop Pedro Florimon and second baseman Brian Dozier worked well up the middle, turning all three of the double plays. "They keep working hard at it," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said of Dozier and Florimon. "These guys take a lot of ground balls out there and they turn it. (Dozier and Florimon) have been working really hard together every day and they have to continue that." The second of Worley's three double plays was huge, as it prevented a run in the fifth inning. With runners on first and third and just one out, Worley got Dustin Pedroia to ground to Dozier for an inning-ending double play on a full count. It was the second time Worley got Pedroia to ground into an inning-ending double play, as the Red Sox second baseman also did so in the third inning. Worley later got two outs on one pitch when Will Middlebrooks grounded to Florimon for the third double play of the game in the sixth inning. "It made everything after the first inning go a little quicker," Worley said. "I'm not a strikeout guy. I'm not going to go out and try to punch everybody out. If I can get them to put the ball in play and make my defense work, we'll get outs just as fast as trying to punch somebody out." Worley ended the night with just one strikeout which equaled his season low. He also walked three batters, which was the most he's walked in nine starts this season. None of the three walks came back to haunt him, though.
Worley continues to show signs of improvement
Fox Sports North | May 18