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Lineups for Twins and Blue Jays in Dunedin

DUNEDIN, Fla. — It’s raining here at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium but it looks the Twins and Blue Jays will still get the game.

Justin Morneau also got his wish, as he’s listed at first base just like he requested yesterday when he texted Twins manager Ron Gardenhire after the game that he’d prefer to play first than serve as designated hitter.

Morneau said he wants to get as many reps in before the World Baseball Classic and cited the long bus ride to Dunedin as a reason why he didn’t want to sit around and just DH.

Third baseman Trevor Plouffe is also in the lineup and is slated to make his Grapefruit League debut after being slowed by a sore right calf.

All three players competing for the job in center field are also in the lineup, as Darin Mastroianni is in left field, Aaron Hicks is in center field and Joe Benson is in right field.

Right-hander Mike Pelfrey is also set to make his first start since undergoing Tommy John surgery on May 1. So I’m sure this will be a special outing for him just to be back out in a game.

Twins (1-2)
1. Aaron Hicks, CF
2. Darin Mastroianni, LF
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
6. Chris Colabello, DH
7. Joe Benson, RF
8. Brian Dozier, 2B
9. Pedro Florimon, SS

RHP Mike Pelfrey (Ryan Pressly, Tyler Robertson, Josh Roenicke, Tim Wood, Anthony Slama, Luis Perdomo, Michael Tonkin, Caleb Thielbar)

Blue Jays (2-2)
1. Emilio Bonafacio, SS
2. Maicer Izturis, 2B
3. Rajai Davis, LF
4. Adam Lind, 1B
5. Henry Blanco, C
6. Ryan Langerhans, RF
7. Sean Ochinko, DH
8. Andy LaRoche, 3B
9. Anthony Gose, CF

LHP Ricky Romero (Steve Delabar, Esmil Rogers, David Bush, Ramon Ortiz, Neil Wagner, Rich Thompson)

Lineups for Game 3 vs. the Pirates at Hammond

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Twins fans will get their first chance to see right-hander Vance Worley today at Hammond Stadium.

Worley was acquired in the trade that sent Ben Revere to the Phillies, and has a solid track record as a starter with a career 3.50 ERA despite pitching at Citizens Bank Park. He’ll definitely be worth watching this season, and here’s a story I did on him earlier in spring about where he was when he was traded.

I also talked with Trevor Plouffe, who said he’s totally healthy but they’re just taking it slow with him. He’ll play tomorrow when the Twins play the Blue Jays up in Dunedin.

Ex-Twins reliever Kyle Waldrop could also pitch against his former team today, as he made the trip with the Pirates down from Bradenton.

Here are the lineups for both teams:

Pirates (2-0)
1. Alex Presley, CF
2. Jordy Mercer, SS
3. Travis Snider, LF
4. Jerry Sands, DH
5. Garrett Jones, 1B
6. Matt Hague, 3B
7. Tony Sanchez, C
8. Felix Pie, LF
9. Anderson Hernandez, 2B

RHP Kyle McPherson (Jeanmar Gombez, Phil Irwin, Chris Leroux, Kris Johnson, Kyle Waldrop)

Twins (0-2)
1. Joe Benson, CF
2. Jamey Carroll, 2B
3. Joe Mauer, DH
4. Josh Willingham, LF
5. Justin Morneau, 1B
6. Ryan Doumit, C
7. Wilkin Ramirez, RF
8. Brian Dozier, 2B
9. Ray Olmedo, SS

RHP Vance Worley (Alex Burnett, Casey Fien, Cole De Vries, Samuel Deduno, Esmerling Vasquez, Pedro Hernandez, Michael Tonkin, Bryan Augenstein)

Hendriks to start Hammond Stadium opener

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Right-hander Liam Hendriks is scheduled to start the Grapefruit League home opener against the Rays at Hammond Stadium on Sunday, according to Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.

Hendriks, 24, is set to pitch a day after right-hander Kevin Correia starts against the Orioles in the Grapefruit League opener in Sarasota.

Hendriks, who is competing for a spot in the rotation, posted a 5.59 ERA in 16 starts with the Twins and a 2.20 ERA in 16 starts at Triple-A Rochester.

The Twins are also set to play in an instraquad game on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. The game is expected to be six innings and will feature P.J. Walters, B.J. Hermsen, Trevor May, Alex Meyer, Caleb Thielbar, Jose Berrios and Andrew Albers.

“A lot of the kids are going to be throwing in the intrasquad game,” Gardenhire said. “So that’ll be good.”

Here are other notes from camp:

— Third baseman Trevor Plouffe, who is dealing with sore right calf, is participating in running and fielding drills but isn’t expected to make his Grapefruit League debut until next week. Jamey Carroll will see time at third in his absence.

— Gardenhire said he’s not locked in to carrying three catchers like he did most of last season. Here’s what he said about the bench: “We’re going to figure that out as we go here. I know we want a little more something off the bench instead of two utility guys and a backup catcher. I’m going to have a better bench and have a little more weapons.”

— Gardenhire wasn’t pleased with the effort of some pitchers in drills. He said he plans on tightening up practice tomorrow, as only six pitchers are scheduled to throw live bullpens. “Some guys were not locked in. But that happens after doing it for eight days. So we had to stop it and yell.”

— I had a nice conversation with Anthony Slama, who is in big league camp after spending last year in Minor League camp. The Twins need to give him a shot at some point this season, if only because he has a career 1.99 ERA in the Minors and had a 1.39 ERA with 59 strikeouts in 39 innings at Triple-A Rochester last season. Look for a story on him soon.

And here are a few photos:

Correia to start Grapefruit League opener

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Right-hander Kevin Correia is slated to start Minnesota’s Grapefruit League opener against the Orioles on Saturday in Sarasota, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire announced today.

Correia, who signed a two-year, $10 million deal to join the Twins this offseason, is set to make the start because the club wants him to make two starts before he departs for San Diego on Feb. 27 because his wife is due to give birth.

“We’re going to get him out there a couple times before that,” Gardenhire said. “Then he’s going to head out. It’s all planned. He’ll come back after that. Right now,we’ll get him out there first and go from there.”

After Correia, Shairon Martis, Ryan Pressly, Josh Roenicke, Tim Wood, Anthony Slama, Luis Perdomo and Bryan Augenstein are on the list to throw against the Orioles.

The Twins, however, have yet to announce a starter for Opening Day against the Tigers on April 1 at Target Field. Left-hander Scott Diamond is the frontrunner but it’ll depend on his health, as he’s just starting to throw off a mound after undergoing surgery in December to have a bone chip removed from his elbow.

Diamond threw off a mound for a second straight day today and is scheduled to throw a full bullpen session on Friday before facing live hitters next week. And if all continues to go well, he could be pitching in Grapefruit League games by the second week of March.

So while he’s not ready to make any predictions about being ready for the season just yet, he’s happy with his progress.

“The ball is coming out good but it’s just about finding the mechanics and that release point,” Diamond said. “Everything is lining up, which is positive. I’m just trying to get out the kinks but structurally it feels awesome. I’m not having any discomfort or tightness the next day. So basically, the recovery is going really well.”

Other notes from Twins camp:

— Gardenhire was impressed by what he saw from Rule 5 Draft selection Ryan Pressly and Tim Wood. Both threw live bullpens at Hammond Stadium. “I got to see some new people I hadn’t seen throw,” Gardenhire said. “Pressly and guys like that. I changed fields today for that reason. That was kind of fun to watch. Wood, the ball moves around all over the place.”

— Trevor Plouffe, who is dealing with a sore right calf, took part in infield drills and took batting practice. He also was able to do some light running drills.

— Make sure to check out Training Days, which is the Twins’ new behind-the-scenes video series they are debuting this spring. Today is Episode 1 and new episodes are expected to debut every Wednesday.

— Also, if you’re on Instagram, make sure to give me a follow (@rhettbollinger). I take a lot of photos on there, including ones that don’t end up on Twitter. I also joined Telly to post videos there, including ones I took today of Justin Morneau and Chris Parmelee taking batting practice.

Here are some of those photos from today:

Gardenhire impressed by young arms in camp

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Twins manager Ron Gardenhire got a glimpse of the future today, as he saw Vance Worley and prospects Alex Meyer and Kyle Gibson throw live batting practice to Twins hitters.

Of that group, Worley, who came over in the trade that sent Ben Revere to Philadelphia, is the only lock to make the rotation this spring while Gibson is competing for a spot.

Meyer and Gibson, however, are regarded as two of the better pitching prospects in baseball, as Meyer was ranked by as the No. 40 overall prospect while Gibson was ranked No. 49.

“I saw some pretty good arms on my field,” Gardenhire said. “Kids throwing the ball, winging it. Pretty good angles with some pretty good arms. Always fun to watch, get a chance to see them versus hitters. But it’s still just versus our hitters. First time out there, throwing live BP in awhile for these guys, so you have to calm them down a little here and there. Most of them handle themselves pretty well. The younger ones want to show the world.”

Gardenhire said his goal this spring is to try and see as much as he can of the prospects and new additions in camp instead of just relying on scouting reports.

“I’m making my own decisions,” Gardenhire said. “I haven’t seen these guys enough to sit there and read reports and have somebody tell me this or that. I want to see them. I need to see these guys. I want to make my own decisions.”

Here are a few other notes from camp:

— Samuel Deduno was a late addition to the Dominican Republic’s preliminary roster for the World Baseball Classic. The roster is still only tentative but if he remains on the roster, he’ll leave camp in early March.

— Gibson said his live bullpen session went well. He was able to get several swings and misses even though he was telling hitters what was coming.

— I didn’t get a chance to see it but heard great things about the way pitching prospect Jose Berrios looked in his live bullpen session. He’s only in camp because he’s set to participate in the World Baseball Classic for Puerto Rico.

— Trevor Plouffe is still limited by a sore right calf but it didn’t stop him from putting on a show in batting practice. I was told that one long homer to left field hit a car in the parking lot.

— I had a nice conversation with Worley, who explained how crazy it was for him when he was traded to the Twins. He was set to pick up his engagement ring the same day he was traded. You can read the story here.

— I also taped an interview with’s video crew today so that should go up at at some point this week.

And here a few photos from camp:

Terry Ryan talks Nishioka, Plouffe

MINNEAPOLIS — Despite his struggles in his first three games of the season against the Indians, second baseman Tsuyoshi Nishioka will be in uniform on Friday against the Rays, Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Thursday.

Nishioka had a series to forget, as he made three errors in the infield — while also letting a pop-up drop in front of him on Wednesday — while going 0-for-12 at the plate. He flew back to Rochester to get his things after Wednesday’s game but won’t be optioned to Triple-A Rochester before Friday.

With Trevor Plouffe still on the disabled list with a bruised right thumb, Ryan said that the Twins will stick with Nishioka for now.

“He had a very difficult game yesterday and we all saw it but the only way to find out how he’ll respond up here is to play him,” Ryan said. “It didn’t to go so well so now we’ll have a decision to make once Plouffe is healthy and ready to come off. So we’ll see how Plouffe responds in the next few days and go from there.”

Plouffe, on the disabled list retroactive to July 21 with a bruised right thumb, is set to take batting practice on Thursday and Friday. There’s a chance he could rejoin the Twins this weekend, but Ryan indicated Plouffe could go on a rehab assignment.

“He’ll swing the bat tomorrow and we’ll make the decision on whether he’ll need a rehab assignment tomorrow or not,” Ryan said. “I thinking he may he might have to go out but I don’t want to make that decision until we see him the next couple of days.”

Game 17: Liriano to skip his next start

MINNEAPOLIS — In an effort to help him clear his head after struggling in four outings so far this season, the Twins will skip left-hander Francisco Liriano’s turn in the rotation this week.

Minnesota has an off-day on Thursday, which allows the Twins to go with a four-man rotation before Liriano makes his next start on Tuesday in Anaheim. Liriano allowed five runs in five innings yesterday against the Rays, and has an 11.02 ERA with 12 strikeouts and 13 walks in 16 1/3 innings.

Gardenhire told Liriano of the club’s decision during a meeting today that also included pitching coach Rick Anderson. Anderson is set to watch Liriano throw bullpen sessions on Thursday and Saturday.

“It’s about being able to relax on the mound and he knows that,” Gardenhire said. “He actually says he has confidence. But he’ll tell you straight out that when he gets men out there he starts spinning ‘em. So he’s got to be able to control that. It’s a work in progress. We’re letting him take a step back and relax a little bit.”

In other news, second baseman Alexi Casilla was a late scratch with flu-like symptoms. Trevor Plouffe moves from left field to second base to take his place in the lineup, while Chris Parmelee makes his first career start in left field.

Left fielder Josh Willingham will also be placed on paternity leave on Wednesday to attend the birth of his third son with his wife Ginger. The Twins will call somebody up to replace him, even though he could return as early as Friday. My best guess is that Revere gets the call, but we’ll see.

Justin Morneau also makes his second start of the season at first base tonight.

Red Sox (4-10)

1. Mike Aviles, SS
2. Ryan Sweeney, RF
3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
4. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
5. David Ortiz, DH
6. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
8. Cody Ross, RF
9. Marlon Byrd, CF

LHP Jon Lester (0-2, 5.82. 3.88 FIP, 17 IP, 12 K, 9 BB)

Twins (5-11)
1. Denard Span, CF
2. Jamey Carroll, SS
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Josh Willingham, DH
5. Justin Morneau, 1B
6. Ryan Doumit, RF
7. Danny Valencia, 3B
8. Chris Parmelee, LF
9. Trevor Plouffe, 2B

RHP Jason Marquis (1-0, 7.20, 6.14 FIP, 5 IP, 3 K, 2 BB)

Game 33: Twins lineup vs. Rays

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — The Twins play the Rays today to mark the eighth Grapefruit League meeting between the two clubs with one more to go tomorrow. Minnesota already won the series, as it enters today’s game with a 5-2 advantage over Tampa Bay.

Catcher Joe Mauer isn’t on the trip, as he’s scheduled to get at-bats in a Minor League game back in Fort Myers. Outfielder Trevor Plouffe is also playing in a Minor League game as well.

Right-hander Jason Marquis is also set to return to Fort Myers tomorrow after being back home tending to his 7-year-old daughter who was in a serious bicycle accident. Marquis will throw a bullpen tomorrow and will be evaluated by pitching coach Rick Anderson, but is still expected to start the year on the bereavement list.

Right-hander Scott Baker is also on track to start on Thursday for Class-A Advanced Fort Myers in Port Charlotte. He’ll still open the season on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 27, with elbow tendinitis.

Second baseman Alexi Casilla also received an anti-inflammatory shot in the back of his right knee. He’s taking today off but should be back on the field working out tomorrow. He’s expected to be ready for Opening Day on Friday in Baltimore.

Twins (18-14)
1. Denard Span, CF
2. Jamey Carroll, SS
3. Ryan Doumit, C
4. Justin Morneau, DH
5. Josh Willingham, LF
6. Sean Burroughs, 1B
7. Danny Valencia, 3B
8. Luke Hughes, 2B
9. Lance Ray, RF

LHP Francisco Liriano

Rays (9-16)
1. Desmond Jennings, CF
2. Luke Scott, DH
3. Evan Longoria, 3B
4. Ben Zobrist, RF
5. Carlos Pena, 1B
6. Jeff Keppinger, 2B
7. Jose Molina, C
8. Jeff Salazar, LF
9. Sean Rodriguez, SS

LHP David Price

Game 25: Twins lineup vs. Rays

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Twins made one roster move this morning, reassigning right-hander Brendan Wise to Minor League camp.

Wise, 26, posted a 9.00 ERA over seven innings in six Grapefruit League games. The Australia native struck one, walked one and allowed two home runs.

The Twins now have 38 players in camp.

Right-hander Scott Baker starts for the Twins today to mark his first Grapefruit League start since March 6. It’ll be an important outing for Baker, who is battling elbow tendonitis and remains a candidate to start the season on the disabled list.

Baker is set to throw about 50 pitches today after throwing 23 pitches in a Minor League game on Thursday. The Twins are hopeful he’ll be able to make his scheduled start in the club’s home opener on April 9, but there’s still a chance he’ll be pushed back to April 15.

The Twins are also trotting out an interesting lineup, as Justin Morneau is at designated hitter yet again with Chris Parmelee getting the start at first. Josh Willingham is in left field with Ryan Doumit in right. Ben Revere, who appears headed to a fourth outfielder role, is on the bench.

There’s a chance this could even be the Opening Day lineup, but it’s worth remembering that Trevor Plouffe is currently out with a strained right hamstring.

Twins (13-11)
1. Denard Span, CF
2. Jamey Carroll, SS
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Justin Morneau, DH
5. Josh Willingham, LF
6. Ryan Doumit, RF
7. Danny Valencia, 3B
8. Chris Parmelee, 1B
9. Alexi Casilla, 2B

RHP Scott Baker

Twins pitchers: Liam Hendriks, Alex Burnett, Casey Fien, Jeff Gray, Jeff Manship

Rays (6-14)
1. Ben Zobrist, RF
2. Luke Scott, DH
3. Evan Longoria, 3B
4. Carlos Pena, 1B
5. Jeff Keppinger, 2B
6. Jose Molina, C
7. Elliot Johnson, SS
8. Will Rhymes, LF
9. Jesus Felciano, CF

RHP Jeff Niemann

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.