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Roster moves coming (Game 73 vs. Giants)

SAN FRANCISCO — Twins manager Ron Gardenhire confirmed right-hander Joe Nathan and designated hitter Jim Thome will be activated in time for Friday’s game in Milwaukee, and the club will make two moves to make for them on the 25-man roster after today’s game against the Giants.

Gardenhire said the club will option both a reliever and a catcher to make room for Nathan and Thome on the roster, as the club is currently carrying two backup catchers — Rene Rivera and Drew Butera — behind Joe Mauer. He said the decision between Rivera and Butera was a tough one, but offered no hints on which catcher will be headed to Triple-A Rochester other than the fact that Rivera was in the starting lineup on Thursday.

My best guess is that the club decides to keep Rivera on the roster, while optioning right-hander Jim Hoey to Rochester. But we’ll see.

Here are the lineups for today’s 2:45 p.m. CT start at AT&T Park:

Twins (32-40)

1. Ben Revere, CF
2. Alexi Casilla, SS
3. Michael Cuddyer, RF
4. Delmon Young, LF
5. Danny Valencia, 3B
6. Luke Hughes, 1B
7. Rene Rivera, C
8. Matt Tolbert, SS
9. Brian Duensing, LHP (4-6, 4.82 ERA, 3.59 FIP, 2.12 K/BB)

Giants (40-34)

1. Aaron Rowand, CF
2. Bill Hall, 2B
3. Aubrey Huff, 1B
4. Cody Ross, RF
5. Pablo Sandoval, 3B
6. Pat Burrell, LF
7. Miguel Tejada, SS
8. Chris Stewart, C
9. Tim Lincecum, RHP (5-6, 3.39 ERA, 3.02 FIP, 2.81 K/BB)

Game 20: Twins vs. Indians

After what felt like a long break to make the move from Southern California to Minnesota, I’m back and ready for Twins coverage.

It sure seems like much has changed, with Joe Mauer going on the disabled list with bilateral leg weakness and relievers Jeff Manship and Alex Burnett being optioned in favor of Jim Hoey and Eric Hacker, respectively.

But the Twins at least received some good news today with the return of Justin Morneau to the lineup after missing five games with the flu. And left fielder Delmon Young could return tomorrow as long as his batting practice session goes OK today.

The club is obviously in a hole to start out the year, but if they get healthy and start hitting, the season is certainly from from over, especially considering the early struggles of the White Sox and Tigers.

It’s been an unpredictable start to the year in the AL Central with the Indians in first place and the Royals right behind them in second, but it’s worth repeating that we’re still only 20 games into a 162-game season.

So my advice is to buckle up and enjoy the ride, as it should be an interesting race in the AL Central this season.

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