FORT MYERS, Fla. — New Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Ben Revere got off to a fast start against his former team.
Revere had two hits, scored twice and stole a base Wednesday in Philadelphia’s 12-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins.
The Twins drafted Revere in the first round in 2007 and traded him to Philadelphia last December for pitcher Vance Worley and pitching prospect Trevor May.
“I just want to get on base and let Ryan Howard or Chase Utley or Delmon Young or whoever come in and hit me in,” Revere said. “I’ve got guys who have been MVPs behind me. I just want to get in scoring position, and one of those guys can hit me in.”
Revere hit .294 with a .333 on-base percentage last season for the Twins. He stole 40 bases.
“That was weird, seeing him standing over there,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “It was definitely weird seeing him in that uniform because he had been with us for a long time in a Twins uniform.”
Aaron Hicks, who hopes to inherit Revere’s old job, doubled and singled. He drove in two runs for the Twins and scored once.
“I’ve known Revere since I got drafted,” said Hicks, picked in the first round in 2008 and now in his first big-league spring training camp.
Phillies starting pitch-er John Lannan gave up four hits, a walk and one run in two innings. Prospect Adam Morgan struggled, giving up four runs in 12/3, though just one was earned. Justin De Fratus and B.J. Rosenberg, both competing for spots in the Phillies’ bullpen, each allowed three runs in one inning. Reliever Antonio Bastardo did not allow a baserunner in his one inning of work.
Domonic Brown went 1-for-2 with a double, two walks and three runs scored for the Phillies. Carlos Ruiz went 2-for-2 with three RBIs.
Left-hander Cole Hamels is scheduled to start today for the Phillies against Atlanta.
Philadelphia 201 020 000—5 10 3
Minnesota 011 403 30x—12 17 2
Lannan, A.Morgan (3), K.Simon (4), Bastardo (5), De Fratus (6), Rosenberg (7), Robles (8) and Ruiz, S.Valle; Correia, Duensing (3), Burton (5), Perkins (5), Walters (7), A.Albers (8), C.Thielbar (9) and Doumit, Butera. W—Duensing. L—A.Morgan. HRs—Minnesota, Doumit (1).