March 2009

Twins-Pirates Lineups

Here are the lineups for today’s game at McKechnie Field in Bradenton. The pressbox here is a wind tunnel and quite chilly so I’m just going to post this before I head down to the field to catch a little sun and talk to Gardy. I’ll post more news updates when I get back up after BP.

Twins
Denard Span, RF
Alexi Casilla, 2B
Delmon Young, LF
Michael Cuddyer, DH
Biran Buscher, 1B
Wilson Ramos, C
Carlos Gomez, CF
Matt Tolbert, SS
Matt Macri, 3B
Pitching: Francisco Liriano

Pirates
Nyjer Morgan, LF
Freddy Sanchez, 2B
Nate McLouth, CF
Ryan Doumit, C
Adam LaRoche, 1B
Craig Monroe, RF
Brandon Moss, DH
Andy LaRoche, 3B
Jack Wilson, SS
Pitching: Tom Gorzelanny

Nathan throws bullpen session without any pain

Twins closer Joe Nathan threw a bullpen session on Tuesday and reported afterward that his right shoulder felt great.

Nathan had been expected to pitch for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic but pulled out of the event on Sunday due to soreness in the AC joint – where the clavicle meets the acromion process of the scapula at the top of the shoulder.

The plan now is to have Nathan throw to live batting practice on Thursday and to possibly pitch in the Twins’ Grapefruit League contest against the Pirates on Saturday.

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