After beating the Minnesota Gophers in an exhibition to start out the Spring Training campaign, the Twins face their first big league opponent tonight. Welcoming in the cross town Boston Red Sox, Minnesota is expecting a sellout crowd at newly renovated Hammond Stadium.
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Tonight marks the first time Paul Molitor will hand over a lineup card in a major league game. The Twins new manager will begin to get his bearings throughout the month of March, as he too continues to prepare for the upcoming season. After going with many young players a night ago, Molitor is looking to give the veterans some run tonight.
Looking through a lineup that could resemble an Opening Day situation, here is how the Twins will face off against the Red Sox.
Boston Red Sox (0-0)
Mike Napoli 1B
Allen Craig LF
Bryan LaHair DH
Bryce Brentz RF
Minnesota Twins (0-0)
Brian Dozier 2B
Joe Mauer 1B
Torii Hunter RF
Aaron Hicks CF
- The lineup looks eerily similar to a configuration that the Twins could choose to run with on Opening Day. The lone change would be Kennys Vargas at DH and moved up in the lineup.
- Gibson is a popular pick by many to have a breakout season in 2015. Like Jose Berrios last night, Gibson will be looking to get things started off on a good note.
- Twins fans will see Torii Hunter donning a Twins jersey and back in the lineup for the first time in years, something that may take all season to get used to.
- Molitor is set to give Santana the first crack at the shortstop role, tonight he can begin to distance himself from the competition.
Catch the game on Fox Sports North Plus and the Twins Radio Network. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 central time.