Minnesota Twins Game 99: Lineups and First Impressions


The Minnesota Twins are heading to the field on Tuesday night looking to start a streak that goes in their favor.  After beating the Indians and T.J. House last night, Minnesota will be looking for their second straight victory.  Sitting at eight games below .500, each win crawls them back closer to the even mark.

Tonight for the Twins, Yohan Pino will take the mound.  Just recalled from Triple-A Rochester, Pino will look to get back on track after posting mediocre numbers through his first handful of starts.

Opposing him, the Indians will send fireballer Danny Salazar to the mound.  Also recalled recently from Triple-A, Salazar will look to bring his success from the minors to the big league club.

Here is how both teams will line up tonight:

Cleveland Indians (50-49)

Jason Kipnis 2B

Chris Dickerson LF

Michael Brantley CF

Carlos Santana 1B

Lonnie Chisenhall 3B

Nick Swisher DH

Yan Gomes C

David Murphy RF

Mike Aviles SS

Minnesota Twins (45-53)

Danny Santana CF

Brian Dozier 2B

Trevor Plouffe 3B

Kendrys Morales 1B

Josh Willingham DH

Kurt Suzuki C

Oswaldo Arcia RF

Eduardo Escobar SS

Sam Fuld LF

First Impressions:

  • For the Indians, it looks like a completely retooled lineup.  Aviles is back in a more traditional SS role, with Asdrubal Cabrera getting the night off.  Dickerson and Murphy also make starts tonight.
  • Arcia enters back into the Twins lineup tonight but finds himself dropped all the way down to seventh.
  • Josh Willingham will get the night off from playing the field and can focus on being the DH and delivering another home run tonight.
  • Could this be Yohan Pino’s last start if things go wrong?  If that’s what it takes to get Trevor May up here, we’re all for it.

Game Details:

First pitch tonight is scheduled for 7:10 pm central time with the game being televised on Fox Sports North.  Radio coverage will be on the Twins Radio Network