March 24, 2009

Twins Rundown: March 24, 2009

Yesterday, the Francisco Liriano and the Twins faced Jeremy Guthrie and the Baltimore Orioles. Despite surrendering the most runs of the Spring, Twins hitters backed Liriano with 4 home runs to give the Twins the victory. Justin Morneau, Delmon Young, Brendan Harris and Matt Tolbert all went yard for the Twins on a windy Monday afternoon in Florida. Liriano has been very impressive this season and told La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that he’s very close to being ready for the regular season. With a couple more starts to go, that’s all we can ask for.

Today, the Twins will travel to Jupiter, Florida to face the Marlins. Kevin Slowey will take the mound for the Twins follwed by Philip Humber and R.A. Dickey. Chris Volstad will start for the Marlins.

Twins center fielder Carlos Gomez has a sore back and will be out until at least Friday. With two road trips and an off day this week, the Twins decided to just keep Gomez out until Friday for precautionary reasons. With Jason Pridie hurt and Denard Span already playing more than expected to help him get out of his Spring slump, the Twins started Matt Tolbert in center field yesterday.

Denard Span was warned by Major League Baseball for getting caught with his pants being over his cleats. In response to the warning, several players including Carlos Gomez, Michael Cuddyer and Alexi Casilla wore knee-high socks on Saturday.

Jason Kubel has been getting more looks in the 3-hole of the lineup after hearing Joe Mauer likely won’t be ready to play by opening day. Kubel is probably the best option the Twins have to fill the 3-hole, but Kelly Thesier of says that Manager Ron Gardenhire is also considering Michael Cuddyer and Joe Crede for the same spot.

Yesterday, the Twins cut three more players from Big League camp. Infielders Matt Macri and Luke Hughes along with outfielder Luis Matos were sent to Minor League camp. All three are expected to be with the Rochester Red Wings in 2009. While Matos and Macri failed to impress in camp, the Twins were very impressed with Hughes’ bat. In 21 official at-bats, Hughes went 9-21 with 2 home runs. The Twins hope that he can defensively grasp third base in Rochester this season.

Don’t miss Parker Hageman’s Twins Player Profile for Doug Corbett

.Nick Nelson of Nick & Nick’s Twins Blog continues to give us his Position Analysis’ and is now on to the Starting Pitchers.