Jul 9, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier (2) runs the bases for a double against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Twins Game 91: Lineups and First Impressions

The Minnesota Twins are currently the owners of a two game winning streak, and are looking to take the series from the Seattle Mariners tonight.  On the hill for the Twins is Yohan Pino, he will be going up against Tom Wilhelmsen of the Mariners.  For the Twins, a win tonight could set in place an opportunity for a nice pre-All Star Break win streak.

Following tonight’s game, the Twins head to Colorado, to face a very beatable Rockies team.  Currently sitting 8 games below the .500 mark, a win tonight, as well as a series sweep over the Rockies, would put the Twins in a good spot heading into the break.

For the Mariners tonight, it looks to be a night of rest for the pitching staff.  Starter Tom Wilhelmsen has been a career reliever and is projects to go only about 3 innings in the start.  In an effort to give the pitching staff some rest, the Mariners and Lloyd McClendon will employ a relief effort tonight in hopes of taking down the Twins.

Here is how both teams will line up.

Minnesota Twins (41-49)

Brian Dozier 2B

Kurt Suzuki C

Chris Parmelee 1B

Kendrys Morales DH

Josh Willingham LF

Oswaldo Arcia RF

Trevor Plouffe 3B

Eduardo Escobar SS

Sam Fuld CF

Seattle Mariners (49-42)

Endy Chavez LF

James Jones CF

Robinson Cano 2B

Kyle Seager 3B

Corey Hart DH

Logan Morrison 1B

Michael Saunders RF

Mike Zunino C

Willie Bloomquist SS

First Impressions

  • Both Chris Parmelee and Eduardo Escobar are back in the lineup today.  Colabello is out at first base but would likely be a pinch-hitting option tonight as well.
  • With Kris Johnson pitching for the Twins tomorrow, Pino could be auditioning to stay in the rotation.  One of the two of them is likely to be moved back down to Triple-A in favor of Meyer or May.
  • With the news the Cardinals received on Yadier Molina today, the Twins and Kurt Suzuki should know that every game is an audition now and look at dealing him to a catcher needy team in the coming weeks.

Game Time

First pitch tonight is set for 9:10 central time once again, thanks to the west coast, and the game can be seen on Fox Sports North.  The Twins will also be broadcast tonight on the Twins Radio Network.

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