Spring Training Lineups: Twins vs Rays


The Minnesota Twins kicked off their Spring Training campaign last night with a slugfest win over the cross town Boston Red Sox. New manager Paul Molitor notched what Twins fans are hoping will be the first of many wins to come. Heading on the road to take on the Tampa Bay Rays today, the Twins will look to start a streak.

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After throwing Kyle Gibson to start the game last night, potential 5th starter Tommy Milone will take the hill for the Twins. Milone will be looking to distance himself from competition in the form of Mike Pelfrey, Trevor May, and Alex Meyer. A good outing to start the spring could put Milone in a spot where he ends up being too tough to catch.

Here’s how the Twins will line up behind their starter for today’s matinee:

Minnesota Twins (1-0)

Jordan Schafer CF

Eduardo Escobar SS

Chris Herrmann C

Kennys Vargas 1B

Eduardo Nunez 3B

Eddie Rosario DH

Max Kepler RF

Heiker Meneses 2B

Shane Robinson LF

Tampa Bay Rays (0-1)

Nick Franklin SS

Rene Rivera C

Asdrubal Cabrera DH

Desmond Jennings CF

David DeJesus LF

Steven Souza RF

Logan Forsythe 1B

Juan Francisco 3B

Jake Elmore 2B


  • The Twins will start Schafer in centerfield today after allowing Aaron Hicks to start the first game of the spring a night ago. He will have some catching up to do in the competition off of the bat.
  • Chris Herrmann remains in a battle to make the roster as a backup catcher, and his bat is going to have to play if he hopes to get in on the action.
  • Vargas and Rosario are both in the lineup today for the Twins. Eddie will continue to make a push for the big leagues.
  • Max Kepler is in the outfield today for the Twins, but he could potentially shift to first base for some action as well.

Catch the first pitch on the Twins Radio Network at 12:05 pm CST.

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