Minnesota Twins Game 97: Lineups and First Impressions


The Minnesota Twins have dropped two straight to the Tampa Bay Rays, and while they can no longer take the series, they will be looking to scrounge up the final game as consolation.  With the Twins needing a strong winning streak to stay relevant into August, Ron Gardenhire and the boys are hoping it can start today.

While it is not the ace matchup of David Price and Phil Hughes of yesterday, Chris Archer will go for the Rays, and the Twins will be backed by their hottest starter, Kevin Correia.  As Correia takes the mound, he must be aware that he could be auditioning for teams with October potential, something that could propel him to another strong start today.

A Sunday matinée for the Twins, here is how both teams will line up.

Tampa Bay Rays (46-53)

Desmond Jennings CF

Ben Zobrist 2B

Matt Joyce LF

Evan Longoria 3B

James Loney 1B

Brandon Guyer DH

Yunel Escobar SS

Curt Casali C

Kevin Kiermaier RF

Minnesota Twins (44-52)

Brian Dozier 2B

Eduardo Nunez 3B

Trevor Plouffe DH

Kendrys Morales 1B

Oswaldo Arcia RF

Josh Willingham LF

Eduardo Escobar SS

Eric Fryer C

Sam Fuld CF

First Impressions:

  • Danny Santana finds himself getting a day off this afternoon, with Fuld manning center field and Escobar still filling the hole at short.
  • Both Josh Willingham and Oswaldo Arcia are back in the lineup today for the Twins.  Arcia has really struggled to get it going this year, and Willingham is in the midst of a significant slump, hopefully both can break out of it today.
  • After a night game last night, Eric Fryer will get the catching duties as the Twins All Star backstop Kurt Suzuki takes a day of rest as well.
  • Will Kevin Kiermaier keep up his hot hitting and will the Rays end up leaving Minneapolis and Target Field on the heels of a sweep over the hometown Twins?  Let’s hope not.

Game Details:

First pitch is schedule for 1:10 pm central time today and you can catch the game on Fox Sports North.  Should you be looking for the game on the air, check out the Twins Radio Network.