Twins prospect Byron Buxton, who missed most of the 2014 regular season with two separate wrist injuries and then a concussion in his first game after being promoted to Class AA New Britain, is on the tentative roster the Twins have supplied of players they hope will participate in the Arizona Fall League.
The Arizona League is a testing ground for prospects, and this fall will have 26 former first-round draft picks playing.
The Twins’ tentative roster for the Salt River Rafters includes three outfielders: Buxton, Max Kepler and Eddie Rosario. Those three each played last year in the AFL. The Twins are also sending four pitchers: Jason Adam, Mason Melotakis and Taylor Rogers.
Meanwhile, in Kauffman Stadium, the Twins will try to tighten up the AL Central race by beating the Royals, something that hasn't been done much lately. K.C. lost a makeup game to the Yankees last night, the first time all month that it has lost back-to-back games. Danny Duffy, who limited the Twins to three runs, two of them earned, when he faced them 10 days ago, starts against Ricky Nolasco, whose last win came on July 1.
Here are the lineups for the first of three games in Kansas City:
Santana CF / Dozier 2B / Mauer 1B / Vargas DH / Arcia RF / Plouffe 3B / Suzuki C / Escobar SS / Schafer LF. Nolasco RHP
Dyson CF / A. Escobar SS / Gordon LF / Butler 1B / Perez C / Willingham DH / Moustakas 3B / Cain RF / Colon 2B. Duffy LHP