Game 2: Twins shuffle lineup with Mauer hitting second

CHICAGO — The Twins shuffled their lineup against the White Sox on Wednesday, as Joe Mauer moved up into the two-hole while Kurt Suzuki slid down to bat seventh with right-hander Felipe Paulino on the mound.

Suzuki hit second in the first game of the season on Wednesday, and went 2-for-4 with three RBIs but Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said the lineup is still a work in progress.

“We’re going to move him up and down the lineup, and we’re going to move our lineup around an awful lot,” Gardenhire said. “We’re going to change it up.”

Jason Kubel also made his first start of the year, batting cleanup and starting in left field with Josh Willingham hitting third and serving as designated hitter.

Twins catcher Josmil Pinto is expected to make his first start on Thursday over Suzuki with left-hander Jose Quintana starting for Chicago in the series finale.

“Suzuki is our starter so he’s going to catch a lot of games,” Gardenhire said. “Pinto is going to play a lot, too. So we’ll get Pinto into a lot of ballgames.”

Twins lineup:

1. Brian Dozier, 2B
2. Joe Mauer, 1B
3. Josh Willingham, DH
4. Jason Kubel, LF
5. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
6. Oswaldo Arcia, RF
7. Kurt Suzuki, C
8. Aaron Hicks, CF
9. Pedro Florimon, SS

RHP Kevin Correia

White Sox lineup:

1. Adam Eaton, CF
2. Marcus Semien, 3B
3. Jose Abreu, 1B
4. Adam Dunn, DH
5. Avisail Garcia, RF
6. Alejandro De Aza, LF
7. Alexei Ramirez, SS
8. Tyler Flowers, C
9. Leury Garcia, 2B

RHP Felipe Paulino

1 Comment

With Twins pitching situation why wouldn’t they bring up a guy like Kris Johnson? That’s all that kid has done for the last 3 years is go to the mound at a high level and get people out. Very confused??

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