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Game 26: Roster cuts, Twins lineup vs. Orioles

SARASOTA, Fla. — The Twins made another round of roster cuts this morning, optioning outfielder Joe Benson and right-hander Jeff Manship to Triple-A Rochester, and reassigning catcher Rene Rivera and infielder Pedro Florimon to Minor League camp.

None of those moves came as a complete surprise, although Manship was in the running for a spot in the bullpen and Florimon had a chance to stick as a utility infielder after Tsuyoshi Nishioka was optioned to Triple-A.

But Manship struggled in a recent outing against the Yankees and ended up with a 5.19 ERA, while Florimon hit just .148 with one extra-base hit.

Right-hander Anthony Swarzak makes his first start of the spring against the Orioles today. Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau are both in the lineup again today, as Mauer is starting at first base and Morneau is serving as designated hitter.

Twins (13-12)
1. Denard Span, CF
2. Jamey Carroll, SS
3. Joe Mauer, 1B
4. Justin Morneau, DH
5. Luke Hughes, 3B
6. Chris Parmelee, RF
7. Ben Revere, LF
8. J.R. Towles, C
9. Alexi Casilla, 2B

RHP Anthony Swarazak

Twins pitchers: Matt Capps, Glen Perkins, Alex Burnett, Jeff Gray

Orioles (10-9-5)
1. Nolan Reimold, LF
2. Nick Johnson, DH
3. Adam Jones, CF
4. Matt Wieters, C
5. Mark Reynolds, 3B
6. Wilson Betemit, RF
7. Chris Davis, 1B
8. Robert Andino, SS
9. Ryan Flaherty, 2B

LHP Tsuyoshi Wada

Game 25: Baker roughed up in loss to Rays

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Right-hander Scott Baker struggled in his first start since March 6, surrendering seven runs on seven hits over 2 2/3 innings in the Twins’ 10-4 loss to the Rays on Monday at Hammond Stadium.

The Twins have a chance to snap their two-game skid when they play the Orioles in Sarasota on Tuesday. Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau are both on the travel list to play in the game.

What went right: Morneau continued to show signs that his swing is coming around, as he went 1-for-3 with a double to mark his third-straight game with an extra-base hit.

He also shed some light on why he’s been serving as DH so much this spring, as it was doctors who told him that it can help him avoid suffering any concussion-related symptoms. Look for more details in today’s notebook.

Mauer also went 1-for-3 and is hitting .333 this spring. Ryan Doumit, starting in right field, connected on his first homer of the spring in the second inning. Brian Dinkelman went 2-for-2, Ben Revere went 2-for-3 and Chris Parmelee went 1-for-1 with a walk.

Right-hander Jeff Manship was the only reliever not to allow a run, tossing 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of Baker.

What went wrong: Baker simply wasn’t sharp, as he was hit hard, including a pair of homers from Ben Zobrist and Elliot Johnson. Both home runs came with two outs, and brought home a total of six runs, as Zobrist’s was a grand slam and Johnson’s was a two-run shot.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire also didn’t like Baker’s pace, as he said he was taking too long to make his pitches. On a positive note, however, Baker said his elbow felt just fine.

The Twins also made some sloppy plays, as they failed to turn a double play in the fifth inning on a groundball hit by Jose Molina. Alexi Casilla should’ve come off the bag to make the turn, but instead jumped in the air and wasn’t able to make the throw.

Joe Benson was also doubled off second base on a line drive hit by Drew Butera in the seventh inning. Benson froze on the play, but should’ve retreated back to second because the Twins were already down 7-2 at that point.

Liam Hendriks allowed a two-run homer to Cody Rogers in the eighth. But otherwise, Hendriks pitched well over four innings.

What they said: “Not to get into the medical stuff too much, but [the doctors] said before that if my body gets worn down too much, I’m more vulnerable to having the symptoms reoccur,” Morneau said about why he’s been DHing so much this spring. “The chance of going backwards is when I get worn down. I can have the fogginess and the headaches, and all that stuff can return, if my system gets too worn down. Then I’m in a vulnerable position.”

What’s next: The Twins make the trek to Sarasota to face the Orioles on Tuesday with right-hander Anthony Swarzak scheduled to make his first start of the spring. Swarzak has only been used in relief so far, posting a 6.35 ERA in 5 2/3 innings. Swarzak, who is out of Minor League options, is being stretched out in case he’s used as a long reliever to start the season. Matt Capps, Glen Perkins and Matt Maloney are also scheduled to pitch for the Twins.

Injury update: Outfielder Trevor Plouffe (strained right hamstring) is scheduled to play in a Minor League game on Wednesday. He’s slated to run the bases on Tuesday. … Infielder Sean Burroughs left Monday’s game in the sixth inning with a forearm contusion after being hit by a pitch. He’s day to day. … Outfielder Josh Willingham was a late scratch with a tweaked right ankle. He’s also day to day.

Game 23: Morneau, Hughes power Twins in rout

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Twins put on an offensive display in an 19-4 win over the Rays on Saturday at Hammond Stadium, as they had 18 hits, including five homers.

Justin Morneau hit two blasts while J.R. Towles, Luke Hughes and Chris Parmelee also homered.

What went right: Morneau was able to build on his double against the Yankees on Friday, as he homered twice off Rays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson.

Morneau went 2-for-2 with a walk to raise his batting average to .154 in 13 Grapefruit League games.

He hasn’t played first base since March 13, and there remains a chance he could start the season as the club’s designated hitter. He said after the game that he’s open to that possibility if it helps the team, but that he’d rather be the club’s starting first baseman.

Chris Parmelee continued to make his case to make the roster, as he made his first start in right field and homered. He’s now hitting .316 with three homers, a double and a triple in 14 games.

Twins general manager Terry Ryan wouldn’t rule out Parmelee breaking camp with the Twins, even though he’s yet to play at Triple-A. In that scenario, Parmelee would see action and first base and right field with Morneau mostly serving as DH.

Hughes also solidified his status on the roster, going 5-for-5 with a homer, two doubles and five RBIs. He also played shortstop for the first time this spring.

Towles homered off Hellickson, and just missed another one in his next at-bat, hitting one off the left-field wall.

Joe Mauer went 2-for-4 to raise his average to .333. Denard Span went 1-for-3 with two RBIs, Jamey Carroll went 3-for-4 and Josh Willingham went 1-for-3.

Left-hander Matt Maloney tossed two perfect innings with a strikeout to keep his ERA perfect at 0.00 this spring.

What went wrong: Not too much, but starter Jeff Gray did allow two runs on two hits, walk and a hit batter over two innings.

Gray started in place of right-hander Jason Marquis, who missed the start because he was home in New York attending to a family issue.

Closer Matt Capps allowed a run in his one inning of work, while right-hander Alex Burnett surrendered a run over two innings. Danny Valencia was the only Twins starter not to get a hit, but did walk twice and two score runs.

What they said: “It feels good,” Morneau said about his two homers. “It’d be nice to have it on Opening Day. It’s one of those things where you don’t necessarily need to hit home runs to know where you’re at. I think that ball that I hit to center yesterday that didn’t get out was as good a swing as any I’ve had all spring. And when you take a swing like that it kind of lets you know you’re getting close to where you want to be. Today was just a better day. It feels good and lets me know the hard work is starting to pay off.

What’s next: The Twins travel across the state to take on the Cardinals in Jupiter on Sunday with right-hander Nick Blackburn slated to make the start. Blackburn has been impressive this spring, as he’s yet to allow a run over seven innings in Grapefruit League play. Brian Duensing, Kyle Waldrop and Jared Burton are also scheduled to pitch for the Twins. Former Twins right-hander Kyle Lohse starts for St. Louis.

Injury update: Twins right-hander Scott Baker (elbow tendonitis) threw a bullpen without any issues and is scheduled to start on Monday against the Rays. It will mark Baker’s first Grapefruit League start . … Outfielder Trevor Plouffe (strained right hamstring) is likely to play in a Minor League game on Monday.

Game 21: Twins, Pavano struggle vs. Orioles

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Twins saw their five-game winning streak come to an end in an 11-1 loss to the Orioles on Thursday at Hammond Stadium.

Minnesota will look to get back on track when they travel north to face the Yankees on Friday at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.

What went right: Not too much, as the Twins gave up 14 hits and had just five hits of their own.

Joe Mauer went 2-for-3 with an RBI double and is now hitting .313 this spring. Ben Revere and Michael Hollimon both doubled as well. Revere is hitting .343, while Hollimon is batting .500. Chris Parmelee went 1-for-2 and is hitting .333.

Left-hander Brian Duensing was the only Twins pitcher not to give up a run, as he tossed a scoreless fifth inning. He’s yet to allow a run in six innings this spring.

What went wrong: Right-hander Carl Pavano got a preview of the team he’s going to face on Opening Day, and got shelled.

Pavano allowed six runs on eight hits, including a homer, a triple and three doubles. His ERA now stands at 6.11 this spring.

Matt Capps served up a solo homer to Chris Davis in the sixth before Brendan Wise gave up a two-run homer to Trent Mummy in the eighth. Glen Perkins also struggled, giving up two runs on four hits in one inning of work.

Justin Morneau continued his struggles at the plate, going 0-for-3 to see his average tumble to .091 (3-for-33. But he did hit a hard liner to left in the fourth before lining out to third in the seventh.

What they said: “It really picked up today as you saw,” Gardenhire said when asked if things are expected start to pick up after Wednesday’s off-day. “Everybody really rose to the occasion. No. It was a dead day really. We played about six or seven good ballgames in a row or so, but today was really dead.”

What’s next: Left-hander Francisco Liriano is set to start against the Yankees at Steinbrenner Field on Friday at 12:05 p.m. PT. Liriano has been excellent this spring, posting a 2.77 ERA with 18 strikeouts and two walks allowed over 13 innings pitched. Right-handers Alex Burnett, Jeff Manship and Jared Burton are also scheduled to pitch for the Twins. Right-hander Ivan Nova starts for New York.

Injury update: Twins right-hander Scott Baker (elbow tendonitis) pitched two scoreless innings in a Minor League game. But he also threw just 23 pitches, and could end up on the disabled list to start the season. … Trevor Plouffe participated in a light workout, as he’s still battling a strained right hamstring.

Game 18: Liriano dominant in win over Pirates

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Left-hander Francisco Liriano tossed five no-hit innings and the Twins allowed just one hit in a 10-0 win over the Pirates at Hammond Stadium.

The Twins improved to 10-8 with the victory, and make the short trek to JetBlue Park to face the Red Sox on Monday at 12:35 p.m. CT.

What went right: Liriano looked the best he has all spring, walking just one and striking out six over five no-hit frames.

So far, Liriano has struck out 18 and walked just two in 13 Grapefruit League innings. It’s a great sign for the Twins, who need him to pitch like he did in 2010 after struggling last season with a 5.09 ERA.

Jeff Gray, Sam Deduno and Casey Fien also threw no-hit innings, while Luis Perdomo served up the Pirates’ lone hit in the eighth inning. Brandon Boggs picked up the one single with one out in the eighth, but was thrown out by Brian Dinkelman while trying to advance to second base.

The offense also looked good with 13 hits and 10 runs, as they scored five runs in both the second and seventh innings.

Jamey Carroll, who entered hitting just .043 this spring, went 2-for-3, including a two-run double down the right-field line in the second inning. Brian Dozier hit his first homer of the spring to lead off the seventh, while Ray Chang added a two-run double.

Alexi Casilla, Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Trevor Plouffe and Joe Benson each picked up an RBI on the afternoon.

What went wrong: Not much, considering the Twins outplayed the Pirates in just about every aspect of the game.

Mauer and Morneau combined to go 0-for-5 but both had RBI groundouts in the second inning with the infield playing back. Danny Valencia went 0-for-3, including a strikeout to end the first inning with the bases loaded.

Perdomo gave up the lone hit by the Pirates, but didn’t allow a baserunner to reach, as Boggs was thrown out at second.

What they said: “I said all right, I’m going to go home and hit my dog. And he goes, your dog doesn’t have anything to worry about, you won’t be hitting it too hard,” Carroll said about a funny exchange he had with Twins manager Ron Gardenhire earlier this week after another hitless game. “I needed to hear that, so it was good. I don’t have a dog, so all the animal-rights activists, it’s just a joke. But you need to hear that. You get frustrated. You want to contribute, especially on a new team. You want to play well, and I think it’s a matter of just trying to relax a little bit and let it come.”

What’s next: Right-hander Jason Marquis is set to make his fourth Grapefruit League start on Monday against the Red Sox at 12:35 p.m. CT at JetBlue Park. Marquis has allowed nine runs over 8 2/3 innings this spring. Right-handers Alex Burnett, Jared Burton, Anthony Swarzak and Jeff Manship are also scheduled to pitch for the Twins.

Injury update: Right-hander Scott Baker (elbow) faces a big test on Monday, as he’s slated to throw a bullpen at the club’s Spring Training complex before they travel down the road to play the Red Sox. Baker is expected to ramp up his intensity after throwing at about 75 percent on Saturday. … Outfielder Trevor Plouffe exited Sunday’s game against the Pirates in the seventh inning with a strained right hamstring. It’s not serious but he’s expected to be held out through at least Wednesday.

Game 12: Liriano, Burnett struggle in loss

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Left-hander Francisco Liriano allowed four runs over three innings, and the Twins managed just five hits in an 8-2 loss to the split-squad Blue Jays at Hammond Stadium.

The loss dropped the Twins to 6-6 in Grapefruit League play. They travel to Clearwater on Wednesday to face the Phillies and ace Roy Halladay.

What went right: Relievers Kyle Waldrop, Jared Burton and Matt Maloney kept their ERAs at 0.00, as they combined to retire all 10 batters they faced.

Waldrop threw a perfect fourth inning with a strikeout before Burton tossed a 1-2-3 fifth inning with two strikeouts. Maloney struck out Anthony Gose to end the sixth before retiring the side in order in the seventh with two more strikeouts.

The three pitchers have combined to throw 12 1/3 scoreless innings with 15 strikeouts and two walks allowed so far in Grapefruit League action.

It’s still early, but all three have made a strong case to join the bullpen out of camp with their impressive results.

Burton — the only non-roster invite of the three — remains the most likely to make the club given his success as a setup reliever with the Reds before injuries plagued him the last few seasons.

Maloney, who has experience as a starter, is a candidate to be a long reliever. He’s also a left-hander, and even though fellow left-handers Glen Perkins and Brian Duensing are locks to make the roster, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he has no problems having three lefties in the bullpen.

Gardenhire also gave Waldrop his full vote of confidence, saying that he believes that the sinkerballer is Major League ready.

The offense didn’t do much on the afternoon, but Joe Mauer went 2-for-3 with a run scored after being hitless over his previous four games. Luke Hughes also played all nine innings at second base and went 1-for-3. Trevor Plouffe and Steve Pearce picked up RBI singles in the sixth.

What went wrong: Liriano cruised through the first two innings but ran into trouble in the third inning.

He loaded the bases with nobody out, and ended up allowing back-to-back doubles to Travis Snider and Travis d’Arnaud with one out. The one positive was that he didn’t walk a batter and struck out five, but he also plunked Mike McCoy in the third and struggled with his command that inning.

Reliever Alex Burnett continued his struggles, allowing four runs on five hits and a balk while recording just two outs in the sixth inning.

Burnett, who is competing for a spot in the bullpen, hasn’t helped himself much this spring with a 16.80 ERA in 2 2/3 innings. He also struggled in a “B” game against the Pirates on Sunday.

What they said: “It was one of those games where there wasn’t a lot of movement on our side,” Gardenhire said. “We got behind early and played a little bit too much defense with not enough offense.”

What’s next: Right-hander Jason Marquis is set to make his third Grapefruit League start on Wednesday against the Phillies at 12:05 p.m. CT at Bright House Field. Marquis has allowed five runs on six hits over 4 2/3 innings so far this spring. Brian Duensing, Jeff Manship, Esmerling Vasquez, Luis Perdomo, Jeff Gray and Aaron Thompson are also scheduled to pitch for the Twins. Phillies ace Roy Halladay starts for Philadelphia.

Injury update: Center fielder Denard Span missed his second straight game with neck stiffness. But he took batting practice without any issues and is expected to make the trip to Clearwater on Wednesday. … Infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka was held out of the lineup for the second straight day with sprained left pinkie. Nishioka, though, is expected to start at shortstop against the Phillies. … Infielder Steve Pearce left Tuesday’s game with a strained right calf and is day to day.

Game 11: Hughes gives Twins the win in extras

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Carl Pavano had his best outing of the spring, and Luke Hughes hit a solo homer in the 10th inning to help lead the Twins to a 2-1 win over the Rays at Charlotte Sports Park.

With their third straight win, the Twins improved to 6-5 on the season. They host the split-squad Blue Jays on Tuesday at Hammond Stadium.

What went right: Pavano looked sharp against the Rays in his third Grapefruit League start, surrendering one run on four hits over four innings. He got ahead of hitters, as he threw first-pitch strikes to 12 of the 15 batters he faced.

Pavano, who threw 60 pitches, gave up his lone run on a single from Desmond Jennings after a double from Jose Lobaton. He also worked well with catcher Ryan Doumit, who threw out two attempting base stealers. The only misplay was when Jennings stole second despite a pitchout from Pavano, as the throw from Doumit sailed high.

Hughes also showed he’s progressing well in his recovery from a strained right shoulder suffered in a home-plate collision in his native Australia in early February. He played all 10 innings at second base, and went 2-for-4 at the plate, including the game-winning homer in the 10th off right-hander Albert Suarez.

“I think that’s a big lift for him,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “He’s been fighting through it because of the shoulder thing. He’s been set back a ways, so that’s a big deal for him hitting that homer.”

Shortstop Brian Dozier also had a good day at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a walk. He was robbed of a homer by the umpires in the first inning, when his deep drive hit the wooden deck above the left-field fence but it was ruled in-play. He settled for a triple off Tampa Bay’s projected Opening Day starter James Shields.

The bullpen also continued to impress, as Glen Perkins, Phil Dumatrait, Jason Bulger, Liam Hendriks, Tyler Robertson and Daryl Thompson each threw a scoreless frame. It was good to see Bulger get through an inning, as he entered the game with an 81.00 ERA.

What went wrong: It might be nitpicking in a win, but the offense didn’t exactly light up the scoreboard with two runs in 10 innings.

Joe Mauer, serving as designated hitter while playing in his first road game, went 0-for-2 with a walk and is batting .200 this spring. Trevor Plouffe went 0-for-4 with a strikeout to see his batting average drop to .118.

But the defense was solid yet again — outside of the botched pitchout — and the Twins have pitched well over their last five games.

What they said: “He got the ball and asked me if I’d sign it for him,” Gardenhire said about Bulger’s scoreless inning. “He said, ‘That’s the first time all spring you haven’t taken it from me.’ That’s entertainment.”

What’s next: Left-hander Francisco Liriano is set to make his third Grapefruit League start on Tuesday against the split-squad Blue Jays at 12:05 p.m. CT at Hammond Stadium. Lirano has yet to give up a run over five innings in Spring Training. Jared Burton, Matt Maloney and Sam Deduno are also scheduled to pitch for the Twins. Left-hander Brett Cecil starts for Toronto.

Injury update: Center fielder Denard Span stayed back at the club’s Spring Training complex on Monday to take some swings in the cage and see a chiropractor after missing Sunday’s game with neck stiffness. Span, who said the injury is not related to the concussion-like symptoms that plagued him last year, could return to the lineup on Tuesday. … Infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka missed Monday’s game with a sprained left pinkie, and remains day to day.

Game 10: Twins lineup vs. split-squad Yankees

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Twins are rolling out their expected Opening Day lineup against the Yankees today at Hammond Stadium.

One Twins pitcher joked that it didn’t surprise him that manager Ron Gardenhire waited until the club played the Yankees to unveil his “A” lineup. So it’ll certainly be interesting to see if they can put some runs on the board, as the offense has mostly struggled so far this spring.

The game, which will be televised on FS North and MLB.TV at 12:05 p.m. CT, will also be a good test for right-hander Nick Blackburn, who is making his Grapefruit League debut.

Blackburn has looked good so far in two “B” games — throwing three scoreless innings against the Red Sox — so we’ll see how he does against a Yankees lineup that includes veterans such as Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson, Nick Swisher and Raul Ibanez.

UPDATE: That didn’t last long. The Twins announced that Denard Span is out with neck stiffness. Joe Benson replaced him and is batting eighth. Ben Revere moves up to leadoff. The updated lineup is below:

Twins (4-5)
1. Ben Revere, LF
2. Jamey Carroll, SS
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Josh Willingham, RF
6. Ryan Doumit, DH
7. Danny Valencia, 3B
8. Joe Benson, CF
9. Alexi Casilla, 2B

RHP Nick Blackburn

Twins reserves: Drew Butera, Dan Rohlfing, Steve Pearce, Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Trevor Plouffe, Wilkin Ramirez, Matt Carson

Twins pitchers: Brian Duensing, Jeff Manship, Jason Bulger, Carlos Gutierrez, Tyler Robertson, Brendan Wise, Aaron Thompson, Matt Capps

Yankees (4-4)
1. Brett Gardner, LF
2. Curtis Granderson, CF
3. Nick Swisher, RF
4. Raul Ibanez, DH
5. Francisco Cervelli, C
6. Jorge Vaqzuez 3B,
7. Jayson Nix 2B,
8. Brandon Laird 1B,
9. Ramiro Pena, SS

RHP Phil Hughes

Game 7: Liriano solid but late error dooms Twins

FORT MYERS, Fla. — On the day Glen Perkins signed a three-year extension, a costly error by second baseman Luke Hughes in the ninth inning led to a 1-0 loss to the Rays at Hammond Stadium.

Left-hander Francisco Liriano was solid, but the offense couldn’t get much going against Tampa Bay, which improved to 1-2 against Minnesota in Grapefruit League play.

What went right: Liriano faced the minimum, allowing just one hit over three scoreless innings. He also struck out five and didn’t issue a walk. He also didn’t have to depend on his slider for results, as he threw it just four times in 34 pitches.

But Liriano wasn’t the only pitcher with impressive results, as Liam Hendriks, Scott Diamond, Daryl Thompson, Jeff Manship and Brendan Wise each threw a scoreless inning for the Twins. Manship was particularly impressive, as he struck out the side in the seventh.

Center fielder Denard Span went 1-for-2 with a walk and two stolen bases to pace the offense. Josh Willingham, J.R. Towles, Tsuyoshi Nishioka and Aaron Bates each picked up a hit for the Twins. Bates also made a nice diving play at first in the ninth to save a run from scoring.

What went wrong: Hughes, making his first appearance at second base since suffering a sprained right shoulder in a home-plate collision in early March, made a throwing error that led to the lone run of the game scoring in the ninth.

Right-hander Carlos Gutierrez walked Hak-Ju Lee with two outs before he stole second with Tim Beckham at the plate. Gutierrez appeared to get out of the inning with Beckham hitting a grounder to second, but Hughes threw the ball into the dirt to allow Lee to score from second.

On the next play, Nishioka couldn’t handle a ball hit to his right by Cole Figueroa, but it was ruled a single. The Twins were then lucky to get out of the inning without any more damage, as Bates robbed Brad Coon of a run-scoring hit on a diving play at first to end the inning.

Because of the botched plays behind Gutierrez, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said it wasn’t Gutierrez’s fault for allowing an unearned run to get saddled with the loss.

“Today he threw the ball great but we just missed plays behind him,” Gardenhire said. “This is one of our top prospects, arm-wise, velocity-wise; he’s a big, strong kid. We need him to stay in the zone and keep the pace going. His last two outings it’s kinda what he’s been able to do.”

What they said: “Neither team had much offense to talk about so let’s call that good pitching,” Gardenhire joked. “Let’s not get into the negatives.”

What’s next: Right-hander Jason Marquis starts against the Cardinals tomorrow at Hammond Stadium. It marks his second start of Grapefruit League play, as he allowed four runs on three hits over 1 2/3 innings against the Red Sox on Monday. Joe Mauer is also expected to DH. Right-hander Adam Wainwright, who missed all of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, starts for the Cardinals for the first time since Sept. 24, 2010.

Injury update: Twins infielder Luke Hughes made his first appearance at second base after serving as designated hitter twice in spring. And although he made a throwing error in the ninth, he told Gardenhire he’s healthy and ready to play in the infield.

Game 5: Twins lineup vs. Rays

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Right-hander Scott Baker makes his first start in Grapefruit League play today against the Rays at Charlotte Sports Park.

Baker tossed one inning in a “B” game against the Red Sox on Thursday, allowing one run on a homer by Ryan Lavarnway. He’s set to go two innings today, and is expected to be followed by left-hander Scott Baker.

Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Denard Span and Josh Willingham didn’t make the trip today, but we’ll get a chance to see how Alexi Casilla and Jamey Carroll work together in the middle infield.

The game will also be televised on Fox Sports North and on MLB.TV at 12:05 p.m. CT. It will also be on radio on the Twins Radio Network and streaming on MLB.com.

Twins lineup:
1. Ben Revere, LF
2. Jamey Carroll, SS
3. Ryan Doumit, C
4. Chris Parmelee, 1B
5. Danny Valencia, 3B
6. Brian Dinkelman, RF
7. Steve Pearce, DH
8. Joe Benson, CF
9. Alexi Casilla, 2B

RHP Scott Baker

Twins reserves: Chris Hermann, J.R. Towles, Brian Dozier, Pedro Florimon, Michael Hollimon, Oswaldo Arcia, Wilkin Ramirez, Matt Carson, Darin Mastroianni

Twins pitchers: Brian Duensing, Glen Perkins, Matt Capps, Phil Dumatrait, Matt Maloney, Daryl Thompson and Jeff Gray.

Rays lineup:
1. Desmond Jennings, DH
2. Sean Rodriguez, SS
3. Carlos Pena, 1B
4. Brandon Guyer, RF
5. Jeff Salazar, CF
6. Chris Gimenez, C
7. Will Rhymes, 2B
8. Matt Mangini, 3B
9. Jesus Feliciano

RHP Jeff Niemann

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