Twins vs. Pirates 3/18

By: Kelly Thesier/

The Twins made one cut this morning, optioning right-handed pitcher Rob Delaney to Triple-A Rochester.

Justin Morneau is back in the lineup as expected. Jim Thome also makes his return to Grapefruit League contests after going 1-for-3 with a double and a walk in four plate appearances in a Minor League contest yesterday against Boston’s Class A Greenville affiliate.

Thome wasn’t the only one who played in that Minor League game as Jon Rauch also threw a scoreless inning, walking one and striking out three.

Pirates (4-9)
Ronny Cedeno, SS

Delwyn Young, 2B

Garrett Jones, RF
Jeff Clement, 1B

Lastings Milledge, LF
Brandon Moss, DH

Pedro Alvarez, 3B

John Raynor, CF
Jason Jaramillo, C

Pitching: RHP Ross Ohlendor

Others scheduled to pitch:Chris Jakubauskas, Javier Lopez, Jack Taschner, Brian Bass, Jean Machi

Twins (5-8)

Ben Revere, CF

Orlando Hudson, 2B
Joe Mauer, C
Justin Morneau, 1B
Jim Thome, DH

Michael Cuddyer, RF
Jacque Jones, LF
Brendan Harris, 3B
Matt Tolbert, SS
Pitching: RHP Carl Pavano

Others scheduled to pitch: Jose Mijares, Clay Condrey, Anthony Swarzak, Kyle Waldrop

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