Twins vs. Red Sox 3/14

By: Kelly Thesier/MLB.com

The Twins made their first cuts of spring this morning and a total of eight players were sent across the complex to the Minor League side. There were no surprises.

Three players were optioned to Double-A New Britain: right-handers Deolis Guerra and Loek Van Mil and infielder Estarlin De Los Santos.

Five others were reassinged to Minor League camp: left-hander Jose Lugo, catchers Jair Fernandez and Danny Rams, infielder Steve Singleton, and outfielder Rene Tosoni.

So a total of 48 players remain in camp.

Joe Mauer was not in the lineup again today. He said that his sore right shoulder (foul tip) is feeling better but since it’s Spring Training, they just want him to take it easy. He’s not expected to make the long bus trip across the state to Jupiter tomorrow either so he might be back in the lineup on Tuesday.

Justin Morneau was scratched from an early lineup due to some soreness. I haven’t gotten an exact word on where the soreness might be, so I’ll update it later on.

Also, Josh Beckett was scratched due to an illness. Ryne Miller got the start in his place.

Red Sox (7-3)
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF

Dustin Pedroia, 2B

Kevin Youkilis, 1B
David Ortiz, DH

Jeremy Hermida, RF
Marco Scutaro, SS

Jason Varitek, C

Bill Hall, 3B
Josh Reddick, LF

Pitching: RHP Ryne Miller

Others scheduled to pitch: Scott Atchison

Twins (5-4)

Alexi Casilla, SS

Orlando Hudson, 2B
Michael Cuddyer, CF
Jason Kubel, DH

Brendan Harris, 3B
Brock Peterson, 1B
Jacque Jones, RF
Juan Portes, LF
Drew Butera, C
Pitching: RHP Kevin Slowey

Others scheduled to pitch: Jon Rauch, Jesse Crain, Matt Guerrier, Glen Perkins, Kyle Waldrop, Rob Delaney

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