Monday lineups and another fellow blogger

Not too much to report this morning as the Twins had a MLB security meeting that kept the clubhouse closed for about an hour.

Today’s game against the Orioles will mark Philip Humber’s first start of the spring. The Twins gave the spot start to Humber in order to get a better look at him as he’s currently out of options.

Rule 5 draft pick Jason Jones is also scheduled to pitch in contest, along with Jesse Crain and Craig Breslow.

Oh and before I forget again, I want to let everyone know that Twins shortstop prospect Trevor Plouffe has started to blog. A first round pick by the Twins in the 2004 Draft, Plouffe is going to share some of this thoughts during Spring Training and the season. But don’t expect it to be all baseball. Plouffe has a wide variety of interests and told me, he plans to share some of those on the blog.

UPDATES (6:05 p.m. ET): Still no word on Joe Mauer. As for other injury news, Nick Punto said that he expects to be back in the lineup on Friday against the Yankees. The swelling has gone down in his elbow and he took batting practice today.

The Twins will be making their first set of cuts on Tuesday. A total of 11 players will be cut, manager Ron Gardenhire said after Monday’s game, trimming the roster from 55 to 44 players. 

All right, here are today’s lineups.

Twins:
Denard Span, CF
Alexi Casilla, 2B
Joe Crede, 3B
Justin Morneau, 1B
Michael Cuddyer, RF
Jason Kubel, DH
Delmon Young, LF
Mike Redmond, C
Matt Tolbert, SS
Pitching: Philip Humber, RHP

Orioles:
Justin Turner, 3B
Adam Jones, CF
Nick Markakis, RF
Aubrey Huff, 1B
Ty Wigginton, DH
Felix Pie, LF
Gregg Zaun, C
Chris Gomez, SS
Carlos Rojas, 2B
Pitching: David Pauley, RHP    Mark Hendrickson, LHP 

1 Comment

It should be interesting to see what Trevor has to say about his “double” today vs. the Orioles. That had to be tough to endure when he’s been struggling at the plate enough as it is.

Regardless, hope his blog goes well. It’s always interesting to get a sense of what some of these guys are really like.

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