Sunday in Tampa

Greetings from George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa. I just arrived to the ballpark a little bit ago so I’ll leave you with some lineups for now and post other news later.

Updates (2:00 ET) — Twins general manager Bill Smith said this morning that he still had not spoken to the doctors about Mauer’s exam in Baltimore on Saturday. The club has been hesitant to discuss possible contingency plans until more news is known on Mauer but manager Ron Gardenhire did say Sunday that as the days pass it looks more like the team will have to ad-lib at the start of the season.

As for all of the questions about the Twins interest in Pudge Rodriguez, I haven’t heard anything about the team looking outside at options right now. The club really is waiting to find out more on Mauer and the hope is that if he does miss time, it won’t be much at the start of the season. That would make it unlikely that the team would add another catcher — instead they would rely on internal options.


Denard Span, LF
Luke Hughes, 2B
Carlos Gomez, CF
Jason Kubel, DH
Brendan Harris, 3B
Brian Buscher, 1B
Mike Redmond, C
David Winfree, RF
Trevor Plouffe, SS
Pitching: Glen Perkins, LHP

Jorge Posada, C
Johnny Damon, LF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Hideki Matsui, DH
Nick Swisher, RF
Melky Cabrera, CF
Angel Berroa, 3B
Ramiro Pena, SS
Doug Bernier, 2B
Pitching: Andy Pettitte, LHP

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