Revere excels but Twins top PhilliesNew 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.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — New 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 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 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. And 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.
“I’ve known Revere since I got drafted,” said Hicks, picked in the first round in 2008. “Now we’re on opposite teams now. It definitely makes things feel a little more real. If anything, I just want to have fun out there.”