Jul 4, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Kyle Gibson (44) throws a pitch against the New York Yankees in the first inning at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Twins Game 93: Lineups and First Impressions

As the second half of the 2014 Major League Baseball season gets underway, the Minnesota Twins will have the good fortune of kciking off the action in the friendly confines of their home ballpark, Target Field.  Wonderfully put on display for the All Star festivities, the Twins will play host to the Tampa Bay Rays.

With both teams looking for a strong start to the second half of their seasons, this is a pivotal matchup for what could set the tone for the rest of the win.  For the Rays, the young right hander Alex Cobb will take the mound.  He will be opposed by Minnesota’s Kyle Gibson.

Gibson will look to continue to the strong 2014 he has put together, and the Twins will look to score early and often to keep a Rays team that has struggle to find offense, out of the game.

Here is how both teams will lineup for tonight’s game.

Tampa Bay Rays (44-53)

Desmond Jennings CF

Ben Zobrist LF

Matt Joyce DH

Evan Longoria 3B

James Loney 1B

Yunel Escobar SS

Cole Figueroa 2B

Curt Casali C

Kevin Kiermaier RF

Minnesota Twins (44-50)

Danny Santana CF

Brian Dozier 2B

Kendrys Morales 1B

Trevor Plouffe 3B

Oswaldo Arcia RF

Josh Willingham DH

Kurt Suzuki C

Eduardo Escobar SS

Sam Fuld LF

First Impressions:

  • Thanks to recent promotions of Cole Figueroa and Curt Casali, the Rays lineup has some fresh new faces.  Not to mention Kevin Kiermaier has been one of the hottest hitting players in baseball the last couple weeks.
  • The Twins have dropped Josh Willingham‘s bat below both Kendrys Morales and Oswaldo Arcia now.
  • Interesting to see Danny Santana and Sam Fuld both in the outfield.  Fuld doesn’t have the typical arm you’d expect from a left fielder, but the Rays will be hard pressed to find a gap on the left side tonight.
  • Still no timetable on Joe Mauer‘s return, which is unfortunate considering the way he was hitting prior to injury.

Game Details:

Tonight’s first pitch will be at 7:10 pm cst and the game will be televised on Fox Sports North.  It will be back to Dick Bremer and Bert Blyleven in the booth, contrary to Joe Buck over the weekend at Target Field.  The game can also be heard on the Twins Radio Network.

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