Spring Training Lineup: Red Sox vs Twins

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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)

Xander Bogaerts SS

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Pablo Sandoval 3B

Mike Napoli 1B

Allen Craig LF

Bryan LaHair DH

Bryce Brentz RF

Jackie Bradley CF

Christian Vasquez C

Minnesota Twins (0-0)

Danny Santana SS

Brian Dozier 2B

Joe Mauer 1B

Torii Hunter RF

Oswaldo Arcia LF

Trevor Plouffe 3B

Kurt Suzuki C

Eduardo Escobar DH

Aaron Hicks CF

Notes:

  • 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.

Next: Projecting The Twins Opening Day Lineup

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