FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Twins made their first roster cuts of Spring Training this morning, as they reassigned right-handed pitchers Bryan Augenstein, Nick Blackburn, Alex Meyer, Lester Oliveros and Esmerling Vasquez to Minor League camp.
Blackburn, who underwent surgery on his right wrist in January, and Oliveros, who had Tommy John surgery in August, are both currently out with injuries. Blackburn is expected to return in May while Oliveros is likely out until August, but neither pitcher is on the 40-man roster.
Meyer, who was acquired in the trade that sent Denard Span to the Nationals, was the most impressive pitcher of the group before being reassigned. Meyer, ranked as the No. 40 overall prospect by MLB.com, tossed five scoreless innings in Grapefruit League play with three strikeouts and two walks.
Meyer, 23, is expected to start the season at Double-A New Britain after posting a combined 2.86 ERA with 139 strikeouts and 45 walks in 129 innings split between Class A Hagerstown and Class A Advanced Potomac last season.
Vasquez, who had a 5.68 ERA in six starts with the Twins last season, had a 6.75 ERA in 2 2/3 innings in Spring Training. He’s not on the 40-man roster and is expected to start at Triple-A Rochester.
Augenstein, meanwhile, made only one appearance in Spring Training. The non-roster invite, who pitched for Tampa Bay’s Triple-A affiliate last season, gave up a run in one inning against the Pirates on Feb. 25.
Also, here are the lineups for the Pirates and Twins with Oswaldo Arcia set to make his debut after missing the first 15 games with a strained intercostal muscle.
1. Starling Marte, LF
2. Travis Snider, RF
3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
4. Gaby Sanchez, 1B
5. Brandon Inge, 3B
6. Clint Robinson, DH
7. Ivan DeJesus Jr., 2B
8. Tony Sanchez, C
9. Jordy Mercer, SS
LHP Jonathan Sanchez (Mike Zagurski, Stolmy Pimental, Vic Black, Brooks Brown, Bryan Morris)
1. Aaron Hicks, CF
2. Eduardo Escobar, 3B
3. Josh Willingham, DH
4. Ryan Doumit, C
5. Oswaldo Arcia, RF
6. Darin Mastroianni, LF
7. Jeff Clement, 1B
8. Brian Dozier, 2B
9. Pedro Florimon, SS
RHP Liam Hendriks (Alex Burnett, Jared Burton, Pedro Hernandez, Luis Perdomo, Caleb Thielbar, Tim Wood)
BRADENTON, Fla. — Right-hander Cole De Vries turned in another solid outing and Ray Olmedo provided the go-ahead RBI single in the seventh inning to help lead the Twins to a 5-4 win over the Pirates on Saturday at McKechnie Field.
The Twins improved to 9-6 with the win and play the Pirates again tomorrow at Hammond Stadium.
What went right: De Vries was solid again, as he’s yet to give up an earned run this spring.
De Vries, making his fourth Spring Training outing, allowed one unearned run on one hit and a walk over three innings against the Pirates. He’s allowed just two hits and a walk in seven scoreless innings so far in Grapefruit League play.
He’s in the mix for the final spot in the rotation but the Twins only need four starters to open the year with a day off after Opening Day. Left-hander Scott Diamond could open the year on the disabled list, however, as he’s not expected to start his first Grapefruit League game until March 18.
Pitching prospect Alex Meyer, who was acquired in the Denard Span trade, was also impressive. He struck out three in three scoreless innings in his second Grapefruit League appearance. He’s expected to start the year at Double-A New Britain but has really turned heads so far in Spring Training.
Darin Mastroianni, in his first game back since suffering a strained left hamstring on Feb. 28, went 2-for-3 with an RBI single. But he was also picked off at first base in the first inning after leading off the game with a single off right-hander A.J. Burnett.
Eduardo Escobar went 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored. He’s been solid this spring with a .375 average while providing solid defense at second, short and third and has a legitimate shot to make the club as a utility player.
And Ray Olmedo, who is also competing for a utility role despite being a non-roster invite, had another good day at the plate by going 2-for-3 to raise his average to .364.
Clete Thomas brought home a run with an infield RBI single with two outs in the ninth. He’s hitting .318 this spring.
What went wrong: Center fielder Joe Benson had another rough day, as he dropped a fly ball in the first inning that eventually led to a run scoring and went 0-for-3 at the plate while leaving four runners on base.
Benson, who is competing for the center field job with Aaron Hicks and Mastroianni, is hitting just .097 this spring with a team-high 11 strikeouts in 36 plate appearances. But he is tied with Joe Mauer for the team lead in walks with five.
Hicks, though, is in the lead in the center field competition while Mastroianni is firmly in second, as he’s hitting .429 but in only six games.
Right-hander Casey Fien fared fine in two innings in relief of De Vries but did serve up a solo shot to Ivan DeJesus Jr. in the fifth.
Fellow right-hander Anthony Slama couldn’t close the door in the ninth inning, as he gave up a two-run single to Brad Hawpe with two outs after loading the bases. Right-hander Virgil Vasquez, who made the trip despite being in Minor League camp, recorded the final out to pick up the save.
What they said: “I take it as though it’s my spot and my spot to lose. I want to go out there and attack and pitch as well as I can. If they staff is looking at it like it’s not my spot and somebody else’s, I want to make it as hard as I can on them. And if it is my spot, I want to prove that there’s no doubt that I deserve it.” — De Vries.
What’s next: The Twins play the Pirates for a second straight day with right-hander Liam Hendriks set to take the mound in a 1:05 p.m. ET start at Hammond Stadium. Hendriks, who is competing for a spot in the rotation, has a 3.38 ERA in three Grapefruit League appearances. Left-hander Jonathan Sanchez is scheduled to start for Pittsburgh.
Injury update: Right fielder Chris Parmelee (tight right groin) isn’t expected to return until Wednesday. The Twins are being cautious with him. … Outfielder Oswaldo Arcia (strained intercostal) could make his Grapefruit League debut on Sunday if all goes well doing his workout on Saturday. … Right-hander Anthony Swarzak (ribs) is expected to throw his first bullpen late this week.
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Right-hander Mike Pelfrey tossed three scoreless innings to help lead the Twins to a 2-0 win in their first night game of Spring Training against the Red Sox at JetBlue Park.
The Twins improved to 8-6 with the victory and travel to Bradenton on Saturday to face the Pirates.
What went right: Pelfrey set the tone, as he had his second straight scoreless appearance for the Twins.
He struggled a bit in the first inning — he loaded the bases after failing to turn two on a comebacker hit by Johnny Gomes — but settled down after that. He had much better command of his sinker and struck out five.
Relievers Brian Duensing, Josh Roenicke, Michael Tonkin and Tyler Robertson combined to throw six scoreless innings. Duensing was particularly impressive, as he threw two perfect innings. Tonkin has also been turning heads this camp, and struck out two in a scoreless inning.
Aaron Hicks continued his recent tear, as he went 1-for-3 with a double and scored on a single from Brian Dozier in the third inning. You can read more about him here. Ryan Doumit also went 2-for-3 with an RBI single in the third.
What went wrong: Not much. The Twins didn’t allow a run and played good defense throughout.
The only mistake was Pelfrey trying to turn a double play instead of just throwing to first base because the runner was stealing second base. But Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said it was also the fault of his infielders, as they should’ve yelled to Pelfrey to throw to first.
Roenicke threw two scoreless innings but did issue two walks. He has a big arm and had a career year with Colorado last season, but needs to work on his control.
What they said: “Pelfrey got his work in. His first inning was a little entertaining. I think he tried to do a little too much with breaking ball and all that. But after that he started trusting his fastball and moved it in and out better the last couple innings. The rest of the guys also threw the ball well.” — Gardenhire.
What’s next: Right-hander Cole De Vries is set to take the mound for the Twins on Saturday against the Pirates in a 1:05 p.m. ET start in Bradenton. De Vries, who is competing for a spot in the rotation, has yet to allow a run in four innings this spring. Right-hander A.J. Burnett is scheduled to start for the Pirates.
Injury update: Right fielder Chris Parmelee (tight right groin) is expected to return to action this weekend. He could be back as early as tomorrow. … Outfielder Darin Mastroianni (sore left hamstring) is expected to return to the lineup against the Pirates tomorrow. … Outfielder Oswaldo Arcia (strained intercostal muscle) is expected to make his Grapefruit League debut this weekend at some point.
Center fielder Aaron Hicks was the star of the day, as he went 4-for-5 with three homers, six RBIs and a stolen base in the win against the Phillies. The Twins are now 7-6 in Grapefruit League play and have their first night game Friday against the Red Sox at JetBlue Park.
What went right: Hicks has had an excellent spring and put together an incredible performance at Bright House Field. All three of his homers came from the right side of the plate with his first homer and his third homer going to right field.
The wind was blowing out to right field but it’s still impressive for him to hit two homers to the opposite field. You can watch all three homers, as the game was televised by Comcast Sports Net Philadelphia.
He’s definitely the heavy favorite now to win the center field job even though he’s yet to even play at Triple-A Rochester. But keep in mind, Opening Day is still more than three weeks away and things can change.
Trevor Plouffe also had a nice day at the plate in Fort Myers, going 2-for-3 and is hitting .417 this spring. Eduardo Escobar is also making a case to make the club as a utility infielder and went 3-for-4 to raise his average to .350.
Right-hander P.J. Walters also fared well in relief against the Red Sox, throwing two scoreless innings. He hasn’t given up a run in five innings so far in Grapefruit League play.
Relievers Ryan Pressly, Pedro Hernandez, Luis Perdomo and Tim Wood combined to throw 6 2/3 scoreless innings against the Phillies. Wood struck out the side and bounced back from his rough outing against the Rays.
What went wrong: Both starting pitchers struggled, as Kevin Correia gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits over 2 1/3 innings against the Red Sox and Kyle Gibson surrendered six runs on eight hits over 2 1/3 innings against the Phillies.
Correia, though, pitched better than his line score indicated, as he wasn’t helped by his own throwing error and a fly ball that was lost in the sun by Joe Benson in center field. It wasn’t a great day for Benson, who went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts. Fellow outfielder Brandon Boggs also struck out four times.
Gibson was hit hard in his worst outing of the spring, and now has a 10.50 ERA in three starts. He’s still trying to make the rotation but outings like this aren’t helping his cause.
Reliever Caleb Thielbar was also rocked, as he gave up five runs against the Red Sox, including a two-run double to Dustin Pedroia and a three-run blast to Mike Napoli.
B.J. Hermsen, the organization’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year last season, continued his struggles this spring, as he allowed three runs (two earned) in one inning and has a 13.50 ERA.
What they said: “I heard. It was awesome. The clubhouse kids keep us in the loop, especially when something like that happens. It’s a positive note. It’s good to hear.” — bench coach Terry Steinbach on Hicks’ big day in Clearwater.
What’s next: Right-hander Mike Pelfrey, who is coming off Tommy John suurgery, is slated to make his fourth Grapefruit League start on Friday night against the Red Sox in a 6:05 p.m. start at JetBlue Park. The game is also set to be televised by FOX Sports North Plus. Right-hander Ryan Dempster is scheduled to start for the Red Sox.
Injury update: Right fielder Chris Parmelee was a late scratch with tightness in his right groin area. The Twins are expected to hold him out a few days for precautionary reasons. … Outfielder Oswaldo Arcia is hoping to get in his first Grapefruit League game on Sunday. He’s been out with a strained intercostal muscle. … Darin Mastroianni (left hamstring) said he’s been cleared by team doctors to return to action but hasn’t heard officially when he’ll get back in the lineup.
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)
FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Twins are set to host Team Puerto Rico in an exhibition game today at Hammond Stadium.
The Twins are resting several of their regulars, as players such as Trevor Plouffe, Brian Dozier, Josh Willingham and Chris Parmelee are getting the day off. But Aaron Hicks is starting in center field and Eduardo Escobar is at second base.
Right-hander Vance Worley is also making his third start of the spring. Others pitchers on the list to throw are Jared Burton, Alex Burnett, Casey Fien, Luis Perdomo, Caleb Theilbar and Anthony Slama.
Twins prospects Jose Berrios and Eddie Rosario are on Puerto Rico’s roster and are expected to play today. Berrios is slated to be used as a reliever in the World Baseball Classic and is expected to pitch in relief today. Rosario, who is listed as an outfielder on Puerto Rico’s roster, is also expected to come in as a defensive replacement for center fielder Angel Pagan.
1. Angel Pagan, CF
2. Irving Falu, 2B
3. Alex Rios, LF
4. Carlos Beltran, RF
5. Yadier Molina, C
6. Mike Aviles, SS
7. Pedro Valdes, DH
8. Carlos Rivera, 1B
9. Andy Gonzalez, 3B
RHP Giancarlo Alvarado
1. Aaron Hicks, CF
2. Eduardo Escobar, 2B
3. Mark Sobolewski, 3B
4. Jeff Clement, 1B
5. Wilkin Ramirez, LF
6. Brandon Boggs, DH
7. Josmil Pinto, C
8. Clete Thomas, RF
9. Danny Santana, SS
RHP Vance Worley
FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Rays rallied for five runs off reliever Tim Wood in the eighth inning to hand the Twins an 8-5 loss on Tuesday at Hammond Stadium.
The loss, which was the Twins’ third over their last four games, dropped Minnesota to 6-5 in Grapefruit League play so far this spring.
What went right: Right-hander Liam Hendriks fared well despite the fact that Josh Willingham misplayed a fly ball to left field that he lost in the sun and led to two runs scoring with two outs in the second inning.
Hendriks was able to bounce back by throwing a scoreless third inning and ended up giving up two runs on four hits and a walk over three innings. He has a 3.38 ERA in three Grapefruit League outings and has worked to improve his pace on the mound.
Trevor Plouffe has shown no signs of rust despite missing the first few games of Spring Training with a sore hamstring. He went 1-for-2 with a two-run double in the second inning off Rays left-hander Matt Moore.
Catcher Dan Rolfing got the start at first base and made the most out of it by driving home Plouffe with an RBI double in the sixth. Ray Olmedo added an RBI triple before scoring on a single from Pedro Florimon.
Relievers Brian Duensing and Josh Roenicke each threw two scoreless innings in relief. They were helped by double plays, as the Twins turned three a day after turning five against the Cardinals in Jupiter on Monday.
What went wrong: Wood, who entered with a 0.00 ERA in four innings, had a shaky eighth inning, as he gave up five runs and recorded just two outs before Tyler Robertson was called in to clean up the mess.
Wood had trouble holding runners, as the Rays stole second base against him twice. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he still has faith in Wood, who is fighting for a spot in the bullpen, but that he needs to get better in the run game.
Willingham wasn’t charged with an error on the fly ball he lost in the sun in the second — as it was ruled as an RBI double — but it didn’t look good when the ball landed about 30 feet from him in left field. He simply never saw the ball off the bat and lost it in the sun, which can be easy to do without any clouds in the sky and the sun beaming into left field.
What they said: “We had really seven good innings of baseball and then Woody came in and ran into some problems. He couldn’t hold baserunners and was too slow to home and they were running all over him.” — Gardenhire said.
What’s next: Right-hander Vance Worley is set to start in an exhibition game against Team Puerto Rico in a 12:05 p.m. ET start at Hammond Stadium. Twins prospects Eddie Rosario and Jose Berrios are both on Team Puerto Rico and could see action in the game.
Injury update: Outfielder Darin Mastroianni (sore left hamstring) has been ruled out for Thursday’s split-squad action but could return this weekend. . … Outfielder Oswaldo Arcia (strained intercostal muscle) has also been ruled out for Thursday but took batting practice in the cage and could make his return this weekend as well.
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Right-hander Mike Pelfrey tossed three scoreless innings but the bullpen struggled in a 7-2 loss to the Rays on Sunday at Charlotte Sports Park.
The loss was the second in a row for the Twins, who fell to 5-4 in Grapefruit League play.
What went right: Pelfrey, who had Tommy John surgery on May 1, gave up just one hit — a double to Evan Longoria — and a walk while throwing 39 pitches with 24 going for strikes. He credited pitching coach Rick Anderson for fixing his mechanics, as he fared better than his first outing when he gave up three runs on five hits against the Blue Jays on Tuesday.
It was definitely the sharpest he’s looked this spring, as his command was much better and said he saw a difference in the movement of his pitches. His fastball was at 88-89 mph but said he expects his velocity to get better as Spring Training goes along.
Right-hander Trevor May was the only other Twins pitcher to throw a scoreless inning but even he walked two batters.
Third baseman Trevor Plouffe went 2-for-3 with an RBI single to right field and is now hitting .400 this spring. Second baseman Brian Dozier went 1-for-3 with a double and scored on Plouffe’s single in the fourth inning. Mark Sobolewski drove home the other run with an RBI double in the ninth inning.
What went wrong: The offense didn’t do much, as left-hander David Price essentially dominated the Twins for three innings. He struck out five and allowed only one hit on a single from Ray Olmedo.
The bullpen also struggled, especially right-hander Jared Burton, who gave up three runs on four hits in his one inning of work to see his ERA balloon to 10.13 in 2 2/3 innings this spring.
Right-handers Alex Burnett and Casey Fien also gave up a run in one inning in relief. And prospect B.J. Hermsen gave up a two-run shot to Chris Gimenez in his Grapefruit League debut. Hermsen, who was the organization’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year last season, has had a rough time in his first year in big league camp, as he’s also struggled in “B” games.
What they said: “It’s always good to walk off with good results but at the end of the day I walked off the field and felt good. And at this stage that’s the biggest thing.” — Pelfrey said.
What’s next: Right-hander Cole De Vries makes his first Grapefruit League start on Monday against the Cardinals in Jupiter in a 1:05 p.m. ET start at Roger Dean Stadium. De Vries is aiming for a spot in the rotation after being a pleasant surprise last season with a 4.11 ERA in 17 outings with the Twins. Right-hander Lance Lynn is slated to start for St. Louis.
Injury update: Left-hander Rafael Perez (shoulder) played catch from 90 feet on Friday and will progress from there. … Right-hander Rich Harden (shoulder) is playing catch from 150 feet and the Twins plan to take it slow with him.
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Right-hander Mike Pelfrey is set to make his second Grapefruit League start today against the Rays despite being only 10 months removed from Tommy John surgery on May 1.
Pelfrey is hoping to fare better than his last outing, when he gave up three runs on five hits over 1 2/3 innings against the Blue Jays in Dunedin. He’ll be interesting to watch, as command is usually the hardest and last thing to get back when coming off Tommy John surgery.
But count Twins prospect Kyle Gibson as one of those who has been amazed by Pelfrey’s progress. Gibson had Tommy John in August of 2011, and said he went through the standard rehab process that takes about 12 months instead of the accelerated process that Pelfrey has gone through.
“He said he was ready to go after nine months,” Gibson said. “My recovery was more normal. I was just getting back on the mound after nine months.”
1. Aaron Hicks, CF
2. Brian Dozier, 2B
3. Josh Willingham, DH
4. Ryan Doumit, C
5. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
6. Joe Benson, RF
7. Wilkin Ramirez, LF
8. Jeff Clement, 1B
9. Ray Olmedo, SS
RHP Mike Pelfrey (Jared Burton, Alex Burnett, Casey Fien, Tyler Robertson)
1. Desmond Jennings, CF
2. Kelly Johnson, 2B
3. Evan Longoria, 3B
4. Matt Joyce, LF
5. Yunel Escobar, SS
6. Luke Scott, DH
7. James Loney, 1B
8. Jose Lobaton, C
9. Sam Fuld, RF
LHP David Price (Jamey Wright, Joel Peralta, Jake McGee, J.D. Martin, Felipe Rivero)
FORT MYERS, Fla. — First baseman Justin Morneau homered but Minnesota’s offense mostly struggled in a 2-1 loss to the Red Sox on Saturday at Hammond Stadium.
The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Twins, who fell to 5-3 in Grapefruit League play.
What went right: Morneau looks absolutely locked in at the plate so far this spring, and hit his first homer in Grapefruit League play off Red Sox reliever Alfredo Aceves.
Morneau leaves camp with a .471 batting average with a team-high eight RBIs in six games. He also played in six of the club’s first eight games, including five in a row, to get ready for his time with Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic. There’s definitely reason for optimism, as Morneau is finally healthy after dealing with various injuries the last few years.
Catcher Joe Mauer went 1-for-3 with a single and is hitting .364 (4-for-11) with a .563 on-base percentage in five games. He’s flying out to Arizona on Sunday to join Team USA.
Closer Glen Perkins, who is also leaving camp to join Team USA in the Classic, threw a 1-2-3 fourth inning and struck out two.
Left-hander Brian Duensing threw 1 1/3 perfect innings with a strikeout. Fellow lefty Caleb Thielbar also threw 1 1/3 perfect innings for the Twins. Deolis Guerra and Andrew Albers both tossed a scoreless inning in relief.
What went wrong: The offense didn’t do much, as evidenced by the fact that Morneau’s homer was the only run the Twins scored in the loss.
Right-hander Kyle Gibson, making his first Grapefruit League start after throwing two scoreless innings in relief on Sunday, had trouble with his command in the second inning. Gibson, who had Tommy John surgery in September of 2011, gave up one run on three hits over 1 2/3 innings and needed 48 pitches record five outs.
Right-hander Esmerling Vasquez went 1 2/3 innings but gave up the go-ahead RBI single to Ryan Sweeney in the fifth inning.
What they said: “Hopefully it means we’re ready to go. It’s a good way to head in there. That’s for sure.” — Morneau said about homering in his last at-bat before the World Baseball Classic.
What’s next: Right-hander Mike Pelfrey is set to make his second Grapefruit League start on Sunday against the Rays in a 1:05 p.m. ET start at Charlotte Sports Park. Pelfrey, who had Tommy John surgery on May 1, gave up three runs in 1 2/3 innings in his first start against the Blue Jays on Tuesday. Left-hander David Price is slated to start for the Rays.
Injury update: Outfielder Darin Mastroianni (sore left hamstring) is expected to return to action by middle or late this week. His injury is not considered serious. … Left-hander Scott Diamond (elbow) threw his first full bullpen session on Thursday without any issues and is scheduled to throw another on Sunday. … Right-hander Anthony Swarzak (ribs) played catch for the first time this spring on Thursday, and again on Friday, and said everything is progressing on schedule. … Left-hander Rafael Perez (shoulder) played catch from 90 feet on Friday and will progress from there. … Outfielder Oswaldo Arcia (strained intercostal muscle) is feeling much better but the Twins are taking it easy with him. He should return to action by next week.