Minnesota Twins Game 31: Lineups and First Impressions


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Another day, another missed game by Joe Mauer. Okay, it’s only Mauer’s second straight missed game, but knowing the track record the Twins have with dealing with injuries, it’s worth a mention.

Twins and Indians face off in game two of the four game set tonight. Sam Deduno gets his first start on the year after Mike Pelfrey was placed on the DL. Danny Santana got his first MLB action last night and gets his first start on Tuesday.

Minnesota Twins (15-15) Lineup

Brian Dozier 2B

Sam Fuld CF

Trevor Plouffe DH

Chris Colabello 1B

Jason Kubel LF

Kurt Suzuki C

Eduardo Escobar 3B

Chris Herrmann RF

Daniel Santana SS

  • Samuel Deduno P

Cleveland Indians (13-19) Lineup

Nyjer Morgan CF

Nick Swisher 1B

Michael Brantley LF

Carlos Santana 3B

David Murphy RF

Asdrubal Cabrera SS

Lonnie Chisenhall DH

Yan Gomes C

Jose Ramirez 2B

First Impressions

  • An Eduardo Escobar/Danny Santana combo at third and short is quite intriguing.
  • Nick Swisher batting second in the lineup seems weird to me. Mauer batting second probably feels weird around the league too.
  • I’m very excited for Deduno’s first start of the season. It’s well deserved.
  • Will the Twins ever see Carlos Santana behind the plate again? I’m starting to think it’s just an urban legend that he still sometimes catches.

Game Time

First pitch is 6:10 Central from Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.

Can be seen on FOX Sports North and heard on the Twins Radio Network.