Kevin Correia bristled at the notion that he is a groundball, pitch-to-contact starter despite contrary evidence the new Twins right-hander has provided over 1,066 major-league innings.

"I'm probably not going to strike out 250 guys but I think at the end of the day you've got to look at wins and losses. That's what's important," said Correia, the former Pittsburgh Pirates all-star who is preparing for his 11th season and first in the free-swinging American League.

"I'm not too concerned about stats besides winning games, and I think the best way to do that is pitch as many innings as you can and be consistent out there every time."

Correia, 32, has more experience than any Minnesota starter in spring training. He was signed for two years, $10 million to backstop a revamped rotation that was the American League's worst in 2012. He is 60-65 with a 4.54 earned-run average in 10 National League seasons with the Pirates, Padres and Giants.

He joins Mike Pelfrey and Vance Worley as new starters who pitched exclusively in the NL.

"This guy (Correia) has a proven track record. He knows how to pitch," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "I'm not worried about these guys coming into this league. I'm worried about how they're going to fit in here and understand what we're trying to do and not do too much, especially early on."