Twins rotation gets little help in offseason


FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Ron Gardenhire has already settled on an opening-day starter. Veteran right-hander Carl Pavano will get that honor.

It's about the only sure thing in the Minnesota Twins' starting rotation this season.

After a year marked by injuries and inconsistency, the Twins did little to address the rotation. They signed veteran journeyman Jason Marquis to be the fifth starter and will roll with holdovers Pavano, Francisco Liriano, Scott Baker and Nick Blackburn once again.

Liriano, Baker and Blackburn all spent time on the disabled list last year, and Pavano was up and down on the mound.

Twins pitchers and catchers held their first official spring training workout on Sunday. Gardenhire says he believes better health, and better defense behind the pitchers, will make all the difference.