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Day 10: Twins hold day of review

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Twins reviewed everything they’ve gone over so far in camp today, as they prepare for Thursday’s “B” game against the Red Sox on Thursday at Hammond Stadium.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said right-handers Nick Blackburn and Scott Baker will each throw an inning during that game, but he wouldn’t reveal the other seven pitchers he plans on using. Garenhire said he’ll announce the other pitchers tomorrow, but I expect it to be young pitchers such as Liam Hendriks or non-roster invites.

The Twins also still haven’t announced who will start their Grapefruit League opener against the Rays on Saturday, but Francisco Liriano said he’s slated to pitch Sunday in one of the split-squad games against the Red Sox or Rays.

Liriano threw his third live throwing session — against Justin Morneau, Danny Valencia and Drew Butera — and fared well, as he worked on locating his fastball while mixing in five sliders. But he made a couple of mistakes, as he plunked Valencia on the shin with a fastball and served up a homer to Morneau on another fastball.

But Liriano said he’s feeling great, and is looking forward to making his first start on Sunday.

Other notes from today:

- Joel Zumaya has yet to inform the Twins whether he will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair his torn ulnar collateral ligament, according to general manager Terry Ryan: “I have not heard from Joel Zumaya and I don’t know if that will be in the next day or two or in a week,” Ryan said. “I don’t know if his agent will call us or if he’ll call me and give us his decision. But I’m still waiting.”

- Valencia said he was fine after getting hit by Liriano’s errant fastball. He iced his shin after the workout, but appears to be OK.

- Gardenhire on his office at Hammond Stadium: “We’re working on it. We’re going to remodel here pretty soon. We’re going to a smaller brick (laughs). Eventually we’re going to remodel. I’m just happy I’ve got a new chair. I think Boston sold a lot of their stuff so we bought some of it.”

Here are some videos of Liriano throwing a bullpen and Morneau facing Liriano in a live batting practice session.

And here are photos from today’s workout:

Day 2 of pitchers and catchers working out

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Twins held their second day of workouts between pitchers and catchers on Monday with roughly the same schedule as yesterday.

Most of the pitchers on the roster threw off the mound, including left-hander Francisco Liriano, who tossed his first official bullpen of Spring Training. He tossed more than 50 pitches — throwing his fastball, slider and changeup — and said he was throwing at about 80-85 percent.

Joe Mauer also was behind the plate for drills, and caught nearly 90 pitches in bullpen sessions with Scott Baker and Brendan Wise. Mauer and the other seven catchers also took batting practice for the second straight day.

Several position players also showed up to camp today such as outfielders Ben Revere and Rene Tosoni. Infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka also made an appearance and took some swings in the batting cage.

By my count only four position players on the 40-man roster aren’t here yet — Justin Morneau, Denard Span, Josh Willingham and Oswaldo Arcia. Position players are scheduled to report on Thursday with workouts starting on Friday.

The Twins also announced they are hosting a “B” game against the Red Sox on March 1 at 1 p.m. at Hammond Stadium. They’re also working on adding another one because they have 33 pitchers in camp.

Other notes from Day 2:

- Nick Blackburn said his right forearm is a non-issue and that he doesn’t have any restrictions this spring. He had surgery on Oct. 1 to decompress the radial nerve in his right forearm.

- Shortstop Brian Dozier took some swings today after suffering a cut on his left hand and reported no problems.

- Infielder Luke Hughes, who suffered a right shoulder sprain in Australia, had his MRI exam results sent to a doctor for a second opinion. The Twins will hear more tomorrow.

And here are some pictures from today’s workout:

Twins make first offseason roster moves

MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins announced today they outrighted catcher Rene Rivera, infielder Matt Tolbert, outfielder Jason Repko, and right-hander Anthony Slama to Triple-A Rochester.

Additionally, the Twins reinstated right-hander Nick Blackburn (forearm surgery) and second baseman Alexi Casilla (right hamstring strain) from the 60-day disabled list. As a result of their roster moves, the Twins now have 38 players on their 40-man roster.

Rivera, 28, appeared in 45 games with the Twins, hitting .144 with a .211 on-base percentage and .202 slugging percentage with one homer and five RBIs.

Tolbert, 29, hit .198/.252/.266 with five RBIs and three stolen bases in 87 games while seeing time at second base, shortstop and third base.

Repko, 30, battled various injuries during the regular season, playing in 67 games and batting .226/.270/.286 with two homers and 11 RBIs.

Slama, meanwhile, made just two relief appearances with the Twins, tossing 2 1/3 scoreless innings. The 27-year-old, who saw his season end in early July with a strained muscle in his right elbow, posted a 2.92 ERA with 42 strikeouts and 16 walks in 37 innings with Triple-A Rochester.

Rangers come to town (Game 62)

After winning back-to-back series for the first time this year and six of their last seven games, the Twins are finally playing they were expected to this season.

But they have a big test awaiting them at Target Field, as the Rangers come to town for a four-game series. The Rangers, who represented the American League in the World Series last year, are off to another good start this season, leading the AL West by 2 1/2 games entering Thursday.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire wasn’t shy when asked by a reporter whether Texas is the best team in the AL this year.

“I think so,” Gardenhire said. “I think Texas has the package deal. Their pitching is unbelievable. And they’ve got power arms in the bullpen. They can run and hit for power. They have a little bit of everything. And they have a unique bench that allows them to do a lot of different things. So they’re a really solid baseball team.”

Lineups for Thursday’s 7:10 CT start at Target Field:

Rangers (35-28)

1. Elvis Andrus, SS
2. David Murphy, DH
3. Josh Hamilton, LF
4. Michael Young, 2B
5. Adrian Beltre, 3B
6. Nelson Cruz, RF
7. Mitch Moreland, 1B
8. Yorvit Torrealba, C
9. Endy Chavez, CF

LHP Derek Holland (5-1, 4.36 ERA, 4.01 FIP, 2.14 K/BB)

Twins (23-38)

1. Ben Revere, CF
2. Alexi Casilla, SS
3. Michael Cuddyer, RF
4. Justin Morneau, DH
5. Delmon Young, LF
6. Danny Valencia, 3B
7. Luke Hughes, 1B
8. Rene Rivera, C
9. Matt Tolbert, 2B

RHP Nick Blackburn (5-4, 3.57 ERA, 4.51 FIP, 1.82 K/BB)

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