Maybe mowing down batters in the Puerto Rico lineup in March isn't the same as facing the Texas Rangers in July.
After pitching the Dominicans to a 3-0 win Tuesday -- pitching five scoreless innings -- Deduno finds himself as a comeback candidate to win a job in Minnesota's 2013 starting rotation.
After Scott Diamond, Deduno was the Twins' second-most effective starter in 2012, posting a 6-5 record with a 4.44 ERA. That earned him exactly nothing, as the Twins bumped him from the 40-man roster. Over the winter, Deduno went unclaimed on waivers.
The problem: He's still wild, and throws a lot of pitches -- not exactly the greatest attributes for a major league starting pitcher.
The dilemma: He still pitched 13 innings of one-run baseball in the WBC over three games. Those numbers play in April, May, June, July, August and September.