The Minnesota Twins have gotten more than a week of practices in now and today represents the final day before the club kicks of games in Spring Training. With tomorrow’s exhibition against the Minnesota Gophers, the Twins will begin what is slated to be just over a month’s worth of warmup contests.
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The Gophers have started out the season on a less than ideal note. After being swept by the University of Houston in three games, the Gophers went on to be swept over the course of four games by the University of Texas. Recently however, Minnesota turned things around and got a sweep of their own taking three out of three games from Florida Gulf Coast University. Minnesota returned home earlier this week only to fly down to Fort Myers for their tilt against the Twins on Wednesday.
For the Twins, the Gophers will provide the first competition of the 2015 season. Having only gone through bullpens and batting practices, it will be the major league team’s first look at game pitching on the season. Initially slated to start for the Twins, Alex Meyer will be skipped over due to missing time to attend the funeral of his grandfather. A former face from the Gophers program, Glen Perkins, is scheduled to pitch for the Twins however.
The Twins will be looking to get the ball rolling and starts progressing the right direction. While Spring Training provides an avenue for players on the bubble to make the next jump, the decisions typically come from the process more than the results. Stat lines become largely ignored, and execution reigns king. Against the Gophers, expect Paul Molitor to utilize plenty of his younger players early in the contest, and to get them early reps to gear up for the spring.
The game will be televised on Fox Sports North Plus at 6:05 pm central time. You can also catch the action on 96.3 FM in the Twin Cities and on the Twins Radio Network.
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