Twins lineup vs. Pirates

BRADENTON, Fla. — Left-hander Matt Maloney gets his first start of the spring today, as he’s one of a few pitchers getting stretched out in case Scott Baker and Jason Marquis aren’t ready to start the season.

Maloney has been terrific this spring, as he’s yet to allow a run in 11 1/3 innings. He’s also struck out 13 and walked just two.

The Twins are also going to get a look at outfield prospect Angel Morales, who is in the starting lineup and batting sixth. Morales was hindered by an elbow injury last season, and played 33 games with Class A Advanced Fort Myers, hitting .264/.326/.388 with three homers and six doubles.

Twins (15-12)
1. Ben Revere, CF
2. Alexi Casilla, 2B
3. Danny Valencia, DH
4. Chris Parmelee, 1B
5. Luke Hughes, 3B
6. Angel Morales, RF
7. Brian Dinkelman, LF
8. Brian Dozier, SS
9. Drew Butera, C

LHP Matt Maloney

Twins pitchers: Jared Burton, Jeff Gray, Alex Burnett, Casey Fien

Pirates (8-16)
1. Alex Presley, LF
2. Josh Harrison, SS
3. Jose Tabata, RF
4. Casey McGehee, 1B
5. Neil Walker, 2B
6. Nate McLouth, CF
7. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
8. Michael McKenry, C
9. James McDonald, RHP

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