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Ober dominates, earns high praise from Harper, as Twins lose to Phillies

CLEARWATER, FLA. – Bryce Harper, a two-time National League MVP, went on the Phillies broadcast after striking out on Saturday with a warning: "If Bailey Ober throws 95 [mph] like that, good luck to everyone in the Central Division."

Ober actually topped out at 94.8, according to StatCast, but Harper's point was made. The Twins righthander retired nine of the 10 hitters he faced, seven of them with strikeouts, and made only one mistake pitch, which Nick Castellanos lined into the bullpens in left field.

Ober was understandably pleased with his outing, and the unsolicited endorsement. "May he speak it into existence," Ober joked. "I was feeling good coming into the game, and the ball was coming out really well."

BOXSCORE: Philadelphia 3, Twins 2

Ryan Jeffers homered for the Twins, Brooks Lee doubled in a run, and the Phillies never managed another run while the major league veterans were in the game. But two singles and a Felix Reyes double off Jordan Balazovic in the seventh inning enabled Philadelphia to rally for a 3-2 victory at BayCare Ballpark.

The Twins, who dropped to 0-4 on the road in Grapefruit League play, threatened to tie the score by putting two runners on base with one out in the ninth inning, but former first-round pick Aaron Sabato hit into a double play to end the game