Third base debut and a lineup full of stars

After a one-day break for the first off day of the spring, the Twins are back at Hammond Stadium this morning and ready to face Puerto Rico in a World Baseball Classic exhibition contest.

The game will mark Joe Crede’s debut at third base for the Twins. Crede has played in two contests already for Minnesota, although both times he was the DH.

There are plenty of notable names on the Puerto Rico roster (and in their lineup for Tuesday’s contest). One face for Twins fans to watch in today’s game on the other side is right-handed pitcher Carlos Gutierrez. A first round pick (No. 27 overall) of the Twins in last year’s draft, Gutierrez could pitch out of Puerto Rico’s bullpen in the contest. Gutierrez was a closer for the University of Miami before being drafted but the Twins are making him into a starter. It’s still likely that the pitcher will wind up back in the bullpen by the time he’s Major League ready, but for now the job of a starter will give Gutierrez more chances to work on his pitches — which includes a very strong sinker.

Here are the lineups:

Twins:
Denard Span, CF
Alexi Casilla, 2B
Michael Cuddyer, RF
Jason Kubel, DH
Joe Crede, 3B
Brian Buscher, 1B
Delmon Young, LF
Mike Redmond, C
Matt Tolbert, SS
Pitching: Scott Baker

Puerto Rico:
Bernie Williams, DH
Ivan Rodriguez, C
Carlos Beltran, CF
Carlos Delgado, 1B
Alex Rios, RF
Hiram Bocachica, LF
Felipe Lopez, 2B
Mike Aviles, SS
Ramon Vazquez, 3B
Pitching: Ian Snell

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