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Minnesota's Worley eager to impress new team

Posted at: 02/19/2013 10:23 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - Vance Worley managed to become a fan favorite in Philadelphia despite pitching on a staff that included Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels.

Now with the Minnesota Twins, the 25-year-old Californian will have a chance to stand out again. In fact, he could end up being the team's opening day starter.

The Twins made wholesale changes to their starting rotation, which was a mess last year aside from left-hander Scott Diamond. Worley was acquired in December when Minnesota sent outfielder Ben Revere to the Phillies, and he could be the Twins' top starter if Diamond isn't healthy by the opener.

Worley went 6-9 with a 4.20 ERA last year, and the Phillies figured they had enough depth behind Halladay, Lee and Hamels that they could deal him.

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