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Game 4: Twins lineup vs. Red Sox in night game

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Twins host the Red Sox tonight in the first and only night game at Hammond Stadium this spring.

It’s also the first game televised in the Twin Cities, as it will be broadcast live on Fox Sports North Plus. Here’s the link to where to find that channel. And for those who subscribe to MLB.TV, you can watch the game there as well. It’s also on the radio on the Twins Radio Network and streaming on MLB.com.

It will be worth following, as Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Denard Span, Josh Willingham and Ryan Doumit return to the lineup tonight after taking the day off yesterday.

But Doumit is in a unfamiliar place, considering he’s making his first ever start in left field. He’s played 60 games in right field as a Major Leaguer and five games there as a Minor Leaguer, but never in left.

Luke Hughes (strained right shoulder) is also back in the lineup as DH after going 0-for-3 there yesterday with a deep line drive to center against the Red Sox at JetBlue Park. He’s hoping to make his first start in the field later this week.

It’s also a good chance to see Brian Dozier — the club’s Minor League Player of the Year — in action at shortstop. Former Twins Nick Punto and Jason Repko are also in the lineup for the Red Sox.

Other notes:

– Ray Chang was back taking infield after taking a knee to the jaw in yesterday’s game against the Red Sox. He said he dealt with some spasms with his jaw last night but felt OK today.

– First-base coach Jerry White is in the hospital overnight to get checked out for stomach and chest tightness.

– Former Twins first baseman Don Mincher passed away last night.

Twins (2-1)

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Tsuyoshi Nishioka, 2B
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Josh Willingham, RF
6. Ryan Doumit, LF
7. Luke Hughes, DH
8. Brian Dozier, SS
9. Michael Hollimon, 3B

Twins reserves: Drew Butera, Rene Rivera, Brian Dinkelman, Trevor Plouffe, Ben Revere, Rene Tosoni and Aaron Bates.

Twins pitchers: Jason Marquis, Jeff Manship, Carlos Gutierrez, Tyler Robertson, Brendan Wise, Deolis Guerra, Liam Hendriks

Red Sox (1-0)

1. Jose Iglesias, SS
2. Ryan Sweeney, RF
3. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
4. David Ortiz, 1B
5. Darnell McDonald, DH
6. Josh Kroeger, LF,
7. Kelly Shoppach, C
8. Nick Punto, 2B
9. Jason Repko, CF

RHP Clay Buchholz

Games 2/3: Split-squad lineups for the Twins

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Twins have their first split-squad action of Spring Training today with half the club going to Port Charlotte to face the Rays and the other half staying in Fort Myers to play the Red Sox.

Among position players, only Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Denard Span, Josh Willingham and Ryan Doumit are staying back today. And the pitchers who threw yesterday — Carl Pavano, Brian Duensing, Matt Capps, Glen Perkins, Alex Burnett, Matt Maloney and Anthony Swarzak — will stay back for light throwing sessions.

I’m at JetBlue Park today to cover the Twins against the Red Sox, as Ron Gardenhire is at the game to watch left-hander Francisco Liriano in his first outing of the spring. Luke Hughes (right shoulder strain) is also set to make his debut as designated hitter after being cleared by team doctors.

And I have to say that JetBlue Park is a pretty amazing place. The playing field is essentially a replica of Fenway Park right down to the dimensions, the Green Monster and Pesky Pole. I’ve been to most of the new Spring Training parks such as Camelback Ranch and Salt River Fields in Arizona, but this one might just be the coolest one I’ve seen yet.

I took a few pictures on the way in, so I’ll post them here. But I’m hoping to get some better shots once the weather gets better. So be on the lookout for more photos on the blog later today.

Twins lineup vs. Red Sox:

1. Ben Revere, LF
2. Tsuyoshi Nishioka, SS
3. Rene Tosoni, RF
4. Aaron Bates, 1B
5. Luke Hughes, DH
6. Sean Burroughs, 3B
7. Ray Chang, 2B
8. Rene Rivera, C
9. Darin Mastroianni, CF

LHP Francisco Liriano

Twins reserves: Chris Herrmann, Danny Lehmann, Michael Hollimon, Wilkin Ramirez, Danny Rams

Twins pitchers: Jared Burton, Esmerling Vasquez, Phil Dumatrait, Daryl Thompson, Jason Bulger, Kyle Waldrop and Liam Hendriks.

Twins lineup vs. Rays:

1. Alexi Casilla, 2B
2. Jamey Carroll, SS
3. Trevor Plouffe, LF
4. Chris Parmelee, 1B
5. Danny Valencia, 3B
6. Brian Dinkelman, RF
7. Steve Pearce, DH
8. Drew Butera, C
9. Joe Benson, CF

RHP Terry Doyle

Twins reserves: Dan Rohlfing, J.R. Towles, Brian Dozier, Pedro Florimon, Oswaldo Arcia, Matt Carson

Twins pitchers: Scott Diamond, Luis Perdomo, Aaron Thompson, Lester Oliveros, P.J. Walters, Casey Fien.

Day 13: Grapefruit League play starts tomorrow

FORT MYERS, Fla. — After 13 days of workouts, the Twins are scheduled to open Grapefruit League play against the Rays tomorrow at 12:05 p.m. CT at Hammond Stadium.

The big news is that catcher Joe Mauer, first baseman Justin Morneau and center fielder Denard Span will be in the lineup against Tampa Bay’s David Price.

They’ll be batting in their usual spots in the order — first, third and fourth, respectively — and will be joined by by shortstop Jamey Carroll, right fielder Josh Willingham, designated hitter Ryan Doumit, third baseman Danny Valencia, left fielder Trevor Plouffe and second baseman Alexi Casilla in that order.

Ben Revere will start off on the bench with Price, a left-hander, on the mound, but will definitely see some action in the game. Others expected to play include Drew Butera, Rene Rivera, Chris Parmelee, Brian Dinkelman and Rene Tosoni.

Right-hander Carl Pavano will start for the Twins with several other pitchers on the list to throw, such as Brian Duensing, Glen Perkins, Matt Capps, Alex Burnett, Anthony Swarzak, Phil Dumatrait and Matt Maloney.

The Twins are happy with the way camp has gone so far, especially considering Mauer, Morneau and Span have been healthy and have participated in every workout without any issues. The only real setback was right-hander Joel Zumaya tearing his ulnar collateral ligament last weekend.

But for the most part, Twins general manager Terry Ryan and manager Ron Gardenhire are pleased with what they’ve seen so far, and are excited for Grapefruit League play to begin.

“It’s always good to get the games started,” Ryan said. “We’ve been here three extra days this year, so it’s been a little different for us. But now it’s time to get out there and see how we start competing against other clubs.”

Said Gardenhire: “These guys are working their tails off. We’ve got a couple of new people that are pretty fun to watch, so it ought to be interesting. I’m like everybody else, I can’t wait to see what happens.”

Other notes from today:

- Span, who crashed headfirst into the center-field fence yesterday, reported no problems today: “I was curious to see how I’d feel this morning but when I woke up this morning my head and my neck felt fine,” Span said. “Just my back was a little sore. So it was a lot better than I was expecting. It was a big relief. It showed me how far I’ve come this offseason.”

- Infielder Luke Hughes took batting practice and threw from 120 feet for the first time since suffering a sprained right shoulder in his native Australia in early February. He said everything went fine and he’s hoping to DH in a game on Sunday.

- The Twins offered various opinions about Major League Baseball adopting an expanded postseason format with the addition of a second Wild Card with the two Wild Cards playing in a one-game playoff to advance to the Division Series. In short, Ryan and Span were totally in favor of it, while Gardenhire thinks it’s unfair that it’s just a one-game game after a grueling 162-game season. Look for more details in today’s notebook at Twinsbaseball.com, which should also include video of Span giving his opinion on the subject.

Photos from today:

Day 11: Twins hold simulated game, “B” game

FORT MYERS, Fla. — It was a busy day at the Lee County Sports Complex, as the Twins held their first simulated game of the spring this morning before hosting the Red Sox in a “B” game at Hammond Stadium.

In the simulated game, right-handers Jason Marquis and Jeff Gray each pitched, while hitters such as Trevor Plouffe, Chris Parmelee and Alexi Casilla batted with different scenarios laid out for the defense.

It allowed Twins defenders to work on relay throws, positioning and decision-making while also allowing the hitters to face live pitching.

The big scare was Denard Span running into the center-field fence, but he said he was OK. But I’ll definitely check with him tomorrow to make sure he’s still doing OK.

As for the “B” game, the Twins picked up their first victory with a 6-5 win over the Red Sox.

Twins right-handers Scott Baker and Nick Blackburn got through without any issues, and were followed by Jeff Manship, Liam Hendriks, Jason Bulger, Carlos Gutierrez, Tyler Robertson, Brendan Wise and Deolis Guerra. Of the group, only Gutierrez really struggled, allowing two runs on hit and three walks while only recording two outs.

Offensively, the Twins were paced by first baseman Aaron Bates, who hit a two-run homer, and designated hitter Brian Dinkelman, who had two hits and two RBIs. Shortstop Brian Dozier also had two hits, while J.R. Towles and Joe Benson added RBI singles.

But the Twins no longer are playing for the Mayor’s Cup, according to Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, now that the Red Sox moved into the new JetBlue Park in Fort Myers. The Cup used to be a battle between the Red Sox, representing the city, and the Twins, representing the county, but they now both play in unincorporated Lee County.

“There is no more Mayor’s Cup,” Gardenhire said. “We took the Cup; we got the Cup. The Cup’s in somebody’s cabin now, in Minnesota.”

Other notes:

- Gardenhire said Carl Pavano will start the Grapefruit League opener against the Rays on Saturday at 12:05 p.m. CT. The Twins also have split-squad action on Sunday with left-hander Francisco Liriano scheduled to start against the Rays in Port Charlotte at 12:05 p.m. CT and right-hander Terry Doyle slated to pitch against the Red Sox at their new park in Fort Myers at 12:35 p.m. CT.

- Gardenhire said he’ll announce his lineups for Saturday’s game tomorrow morning. Morneau, Mauer and Span are all expected to play, but all said they have yet to be notified if they’ll be in the lineup.

- Scott Baker joked about third-base coach Steve Liddle being forced to be the home-plate umpire early in the “B” game: “I thought maybe the umpire was squeezing me a little bit,” Baker said with a grin. “We’ll work through it.”

Here’s video of Plouffe hitting a double against Marquis in today’s simulated game.

And photos from today:

Span collides with fence, says he’s OK

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Twins center fielder Denard Span crashed into the chain-link fence in center field trying to rob Trevor Plouffe of a home run during a simulated game on one of the club’s practice fields today.

Span, though, said he felt OK after the running into the fence and only suffered a cut lip. He continued to play center field after the collision and took batting practice without any issues.

“I was kind of drifting towards the ball but I had no idea the fence was that close,” Span said. “I went to reach up and catch the ball, felt like I had the ball in my glove, soon as I reached up to catch the ball, my face smacked right up against the fence. So I had a little bit of a busted lip.”

Span, who dealt with concussion-like symptoms last year after sustaining a concussion in a home-plate collision on June 3, said the collision didn’t retrigger any immediate symptoms.

He also said that everything has been going great so far in camp, as he’s participated in workouts every day without any issues.

“I’ve been feeling pretty good,” Span said. “I mean, this is probably the most I’ve done, even in the offseason; you work out four or five times a week and you’ve got the weekend to kind of relax a little bit. So this is the first two weeks in a row that I’ve done every day. I’ve felt better on certain days; I haven’t felt the same every day. But overall I’ve been able to participate in everything and go through every drill.”

Span said the only thing he’s been battling is fatigue, as he cut caffeine out of his diet and has been taking daily naps after practice. But he said he’s planning on drinking caffeine again soon after he consults with his doctor.

He added that he plans on playing in Saturday’s Grapefruit League opener against the Rays but hadn’t heard any official word from manager Ron Gardenhire.

Day 11: Gearing up for tomorrow’s “B” game

FORT MYERS, Fla. — It was a light day of workouts, as only a few pitchers threw live batting practice today because the club is preparing for tomorrow’s “B” game against the Red Sox.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire announced his starting lineup for the game, which starts at 1 p.m. at Hammond Stadium and is free to public.

The Twins will use nine pitchers in the game, as starting pitchers Scott Baker and Nick Blackburn will be followed by Liam Hendriks, Jeff Manship, Jason Bulger, Carlos Gutierrez, Tyler Robertson, Brendan Wise and Deolis Guerra.

Among position players, the starters are catcher J.R. Towles, first baseman Aaron Bates, second baseman Pedro Florimon, third baseman Ray Chang, shortstop Brian Dozier, left fielder Ben Revere, center fielder Joe Benson, right fielder Rene Tosoni and designated hitter Brian Dinkelman.

The Red Sox plan to use pitchers Alfredo Aceves, Daniel Bard, Clayton Mortensen, Jesse Carlson, Tony Pena, Alex Wilson, Will Inman and Justin Thomas, according to Red Sox beat reporter Ian Browne.

But the big news today was Justin Morneau clarifying his earlier statements about how if he continues to suffer from concussion-like symptoms, he won’t have a career. Here’s the full story on what he said today.

Joe Mauer also talked with the media and said he’s feeling just fine and can’t wait for Saturday’s Grapefruit League opener against the Rays. Be on the lookout on Twinsbaseball.com for more on Mauer.

Other notes from today:

- Luke Hughes (shoulder) threw for the first time today, and reported no problems. He says he’ll throw up to 90 feet tomorrow and hopes to take batting practice. He could play in his first Spring Training game next week.

- Gardenhire is waiting to announce who will start the club’s Grapefruit League opener on Saturday against the Rays. My guess is that it’s Carl Pavano considering Baker and Blackburn throw tomorrow and Francisco Liriano throws on Sunday. It could be Jason Marquis, but I bet Pavano gets the nod.

- Twins GM Terry Ryan on Morneau and Denard Span: “I don’t worry about Justin any more than I worry about Span; they had the same symptoms, but both of them are doing wonderful.”

Photos from today:

Day 9: Zumaya speaks, Twins hold workout

FORT MYERS, Fla. — I was relaxing on the beach on Sanibel Island when I saw the news yesterday that Joel Zumaya tore his ulnar collateral ligament and will be out for the year.

I was enjoying a rare day off during Spring Training, but couldn’t help but feel bad for Zumaya, who has suffered just about every injury imaginable to his right arm.

Zumaya certainly didn’t have to talk to reporters this morning, but stood at his locker and spoke candidly about how he’s considering retiring at just 27 years old because of all the injuries he’s suffered since bursting onto the scene in 2006 with the Tigers.

If he decides to get Tommy John surgery it’ll be his sixth major operation, as he already has had two elbow surgeries, two shoulder surgeries and finger surgery.

He’s proved to be a great guy in the short time he’s been with the Twins, and I wish him nothing but the best no matter what he decides to do.

He was again the major story at camp, but here are some other notes from today:

- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said the club will use tomorrow as a review day to go over just everything they’ve done so far in camp. He said he’ll also likely hold a situational game on Wednesday to work on things like relays, baserunning and will even have the pitchers take simulated inning breaks.

- Gardenhire said he’ll also announce tomorrow who will be pitching in Thursday’s “B” game against the Red Sox at Hammond Stadium. It should feature plenty of non-roster pitchers.

- Gardenhire added that Ben Revere has noticeably improved his arm strength after working hard this offseason. Revere said he started throwing footballs long distance to help make that improvement.

- The Twins do not plan to follow suit with the Red Sox’s plan of banning beer in the clubhouse: “It’s the Boston Red Sox,” Gardenhire said. “I don’t worry about their policies and they don’t worry about ours I’m sure. Every club has their own policies. We have ours. We’ve been pretty good about things, and if that continues, we’ll be fine. And if it doesn’t continue, then we’ll get pissed off.”

Here are some videos of Joe Mauer and Denard Span taking BP

And here are photos from today’s workout:

Day 4 of pitchers and catchers working out

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Two more Twins showed up to camp today, as Josh Willingham and Sean Burroughs made their first appearances at the Lee County Sports Complex.

With Willingham and Burroughs in camp, only first baseman Justin Morneau and outfielder Oswaldo Arcia have yet to show before tomorrow’s official report date. Full workouts officially begin for position players on Friday.

Willingham said he’s excited to start working out with his new teammates, and needs Spring Training to help him adjust from the move from left field to right field.

And Burroughs’ road back to the Majors last year has been well-documented after battling substance abuse the previous few years. Here’s the full story on Burroughs on Twinsbaseball.com.

In other news, Luke Hughes received a positive update, as a second opinion by Dr. Lewis Yocum on an MRI exam taken on Hughes’ strained right shoulder found only inflammation. He had a cortisone shot today, and is expected to rest for a few days before returning to baseball activity next week.

Some other tidbits from today:

- Denard Span got through a second day of working out — taking BP, shagging fly balls and running the bases — without any problems.

- Twins GM Terry Ryan had lots of positive things to say about former Reds right-hander Jared Burton. Burton used to be Cincinnati’s eighth-inning guy before battling through various injuries over the last few seasons. But assistant GM Wayne Krivsky, who originally acquired Burton back when he was GM of the Reds, said that Burton ended last season healthy and productive.

- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire brought up former Pirates prospect Steve Pearce as a guy to watch for this spring. Pearce, who can play first base and outfield, has plenty of raw power and owns a career .835 OPS in Triple-A.

- Gardenhire said he plans on using Ryan Doumit as his primary DH this season with Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau also expected to get occasional starts there.

And here some photos from today:

Day 3 of pitchers and catchers working out

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The big news today was Denard Span making his first appearance at camp, and getting through a full day of workouts.

The center fielder took batting practice, ran the bases and shagged balls in the outfield without any issues.

He said he’s still bothered by the occasional bad day, but thinks he’s over the concussion-like symptoms that stemmed from his concussion suffered on June 3 in a home-plate collision. So be on the lookout for a full Denard Span story on the site later today.

And with Span at camp, only four Twins players — Justin Morneau, Josh Willingham, Oswaldo Arcia and Sean Burroughs — have yet to report prior to Thursday’s official report date. I’ve also heard that Willingham is expected to get into town tonight and report tomorrow.

Speaking of Morneau, Twins general manager Terry Ryan said he needs to be medically cleared by Major League Baseball because he ended last season on the disabled list with concussion-like symptoms. But it’s expected to be more than a formality than anything else because Morneau is feeling good and hasn’t felt those symptoms since December.

Other than that, it was a relatively quiet day at Twins camp. But are a few other notes from today:

- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire wouldn’t confirm that he’ll carry three catchers to start the season, but hinted strongly that’s the way he’s leaning. Drew Butera remains the favorite but should be pushed by former Astros top prospect J.R. Towles.

- The Twins are still waiting on Dr. Lewis Yocum to look at the MRI exam results taken on Luke Hughes’ sprained right shoulder. They could hear back by tomorrow.

- Shortstop Brian Dozier still has his cut left thumb wrapped up, but is able to swing the bat.

- Gardenhire talked about the stability he expects from Jamie Carroll at shortstop this season. He said he was never in favor of sending Jason Bartlett to the Rays in ’07 in the trade that brought Delmon Young to Minnesota. Also, he added that he wasn’t happy with the decision to not bring back Nick Punto last offseason. But he was happy to see him win the World Series with the Cardinals, and texted him shortly after the Fall Classic to congratulate him.

And here are today’s photos:

And a short video of Span taking batting practice:

Span makes return to lineup (Game 109 vs. Angels)

ANAHEIM — Nearly two months after suffering a concussion in a home-plate collision with Royals catcher Brayan Pena on June 3, Denard Span is scheduled to make his return to the lineup tonight against the Angels, leading off and playing center field.

Span, who was originally placed on the seven-day disabled list on June 9 after playing in one game on June 6 against the Tigers after suffering his concussion, said he is nervous about his first game back.

“I almost feel like it’s my debut again,” Span said. “I’ve been gone for a while, and I’m definitely looking forward to get Day 1 out of the way. It’s kind of similar to when I went to Rochester a couple weeks ago.”

Span played in 10 rehab games with Triple-A Rochester, hitting .205 with a double and three stolen bases before being officially activated from the disabled before tonight’s game. Infielder Luke Hughes was optioned to Triple-A Rochester on Sunday to make room for him on the roster.

Span, who missed 48 games, said the concussion was especially tough because it was difficult to put a timetable on his return.

“It wasn’t easy,” he said. “You would think I would be mentally refreshed right now from not playing, not going 0-for-4, 0-for-5 for the past two months, but if anything I feel a little like I’ve been through a war these past two months. But I think it’s made me stronger.”

Span also talked about how he felt regarding the trade rumors that swirled last week, as he was linked to the Nationals in a trade that would’ve sent closer Drew Storen to Minnesota. He said he was “very surprised” to hear his name in trade rumors, but understands it was part of the business.

“When I signed that deal a year ago, I thought I would be here five years, at least four,” said Span, who signed a five-year, $16.5 million contract extension before last season that includes an option for 2015. “I thought at least close to free agency, if they had to do what they had to do. But I didn’t think by the second year I’d be talked about getting out of here. So that was definitely a surprise.”

Span also added he would be OK with playing a corner outfield spot, if necessary, as the Twins have a crowded outfield with Ben Revere, Delmon Young, Jason Repko, Michael Cuddyer and Jason Kubel on the roster. But Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Span will be in center, as Span didn’t want to play in any games in left or right field during his rehab stint.

“We talked before, about doing that in the Minor Leagues, but we didn’t get that done,” Gardenhire said. “So he’s in the big leagues, in center field.”

Span, who was hitting .294 with a .361 on-base percentage in 56 games before hitting the disabled list, also said he expects to have similar production the rest of the season.

“I haven’t played in two months but I hold myself to high expectations,” Span said. “I’m going to get back to where I was. When, I don’t know? But I’m going to get back there. I’m going to work and do what I have to do, whether it’s in the cage, or on the field or whatever and do whatever it takes to get back to that feeling. I’d be lying to you right now, if I told you I felt like I felt right before I got hurt. But you know, it’s going to come.”

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