Twins set for their first split-squad action of spring
FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Twins are set for their first split-squad action of the spring today, as they host the Red Sox at Hammond Stadium and travel to Clearwater to face the Phillies.
Also, for those with MLB.TV, the game against the Phillies will be televised by Comcast Sports Net Philadelphia. The first game televised by FOX Sports North is tomorrow against the Red Sox in a 6:05 p.m. CT start at JetBlue Park.
The game will actually be aired on FOX Sports North Plus. To find out where to access FOX Sports North Plus locally, click here.
The matchup between the Red Sox and Twins is the first of seven Grapefruit League games scheduled to be carried by FOX Sports North. The first four Spring Training telecasts will air on FOX Sports North Plus.
Other games slated to be televised are March 15 at the Red Sox’s JetBlue Park at 6:05 p.m. CT, March 21 at the Yankees’ Steinbrenner Field at 6:05 p.m. CT, March 23 at the Rays’ Charlotte Sports Park at 12:05 p.m. CT, March 24 vs. the Blue Jays at Hammond Stadium at 12:05 p.m. CT, March 25 vs. the Cardinals at Hammond Stadium at 12:05 p.m. CT and March 28 at the Red Sox’s JetBlue Park at 6:05 p.m. CT.
Right-hander Kevin Correia makes his first start today since he went back home to San Diego for the birth of his third son. He’s starting against the Red Sox while prospect Kyle Gibson is set to take the mound against the Phillies.
I’m down here in Fort Myers for the game against the Red Sox but Adam Berry is up in Clearwater covering the Twins with Ron Gardenhire making the trip north.
Here’s the lineup for the game at Hammond Stadium:
UPDATE: Chris Parmelee was a late scratch with a tight right groin. But I’m told it’s not serious and he’s only out for precautionary reasons. Eduardo Escobar is taking his place as DH.
1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. Stephen Drew, SS
4. Mike Napoli, 1B
5. Ryan Lavarnway, DH
6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
7. Daniel Nava, LF
8. Ryan Sweeney, RF
9. Drew Sutton, 3B
RHP Clay Buchholz (Andrew Bailey, Chris Carpenter, Koji Uehara, Allen Webster)
1. Joe Benson, CF
2. Jamey Carroll, 2B
3. Josh Willingham, LF
4. Ryan Doumit, C
5. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
6. Eduardo Escobar, DH
7. Jeff Clement, 1B
8. Brandon Boggs, RF
9. Ray Olmedo, SS
RHP Kevin Correia (P.J. Walters, Trevor May, B.J. Hermsen)