Minnesota Twins Morning News: Spring Training Day Ten
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– Minnesota Twins’ baseball games are back today! The highlighted players will be travelling to the Red Sox’ spring training facility at JetBlue Park.
As usual, the more established players won’t be heading out on the bus.
Phil Hughes will get the start. He’ll probably go 2 or 3 innings with a pitch limit likely around 40. A lineup of Byron Buxton (CF), Eduardo Nunez (3B), Kennys Vargas (1B), Miguel Sano (RF), Oswaldo Arcia (LF), Park (DH), Jorge Polanco (2B), John Ryan Murphy (C) and Wilfredo Tovar (SS) will start out the game.
– Alex Meyer looked good against some tough hitters in live batting practise. He’s certainly not lacking in the height department either.
– Tyler Duffey was already a probable for the rotation but Paul Molitor‘s comments yesterday stressed that likelihood further: “I would imagine that it would probably take something fairly significant to get him bumped out of there. We haven’t locked in all five spots. Our expectation is he’s going to take hold of one of them.”
– For some reason, Byung Ho Park’s new teammates, Hughes, Plouffe and Brian Dozier, thought that a “The Bachelor” viewing party would be an apropos introduction to American culture. Park was mostly confused by the “reality” show—understandable.
Molitor had this to say when he learned of the odd bonding experience, “The concept makes me smile. I can imagine some of the conversation. It’s funny they’d invite him over to watch ‘The Bachelor’ and not the Warriors against the Spurs.”
You raise a very valid point Paul.
– Mike Berardino wrote a piece on Jose Berrios’ approach to athletics and to life.
– Dozier is preaching aggressiveness on the base paths to his teammates. He wants them to get in the mode early this spring: “I want them to be aggressive. I might steal on 3-2, with two outs with just me at second. Just to get that under my belt and get everyone to feel the same way. Who cares what happens? Let’s get that in our minds to test [opponents’] arms and get our feet under us.’”
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