Greetings from Fenway South, where the Twins and Red Sox will meet this afternoon in one of the 30-something fake games before the 162 real ones begin.

First, some news: Brian Dozier was in the original lineup today but has been sent home sick. Caught Dozier walking out of the clubhouse carrying three bottles of water and three bottles of Gatorade (impressive feat). Doug Bernier takes his place in the lineup. This early in the season, it's no big deal. But the Twins had a rash of illnesses last week and thought they were done with it.

The last time the Twins were here, it was the final game of the 2014 spring training schedule. And Adam Brett Walker cleared the "other" Green Monster with prodigious blast.

Well see if one of the Twins hitters today can connect off of Red Sox righthander Clay Buchholz.

Josmil Pinto has yet to play in a spring training game because of strained right oblique. But he said he's feeling better and will play catch and hit in the cages today. No drills or catching bullpens yet. Sounds like he will miss a couple more days because he'll have to be able to get a full workout in to prove he's healthy.

Alex Meyer and Trevor May both threw yesterday. Meyer "thinks" he's pitching one of the games on Monday in Bradenton against the Pirates. May "thinks" he's pitching on Wednesday against the Rays at Hammond Stadium.

Phil Hughes is on the mound for the Twins and will face some big names in opposing lineup.


Danny Santana, SS
Kurt Suzuki, C
Trevor Plouffe, 3B
Kennys Vargas, DH
Oswaldo, Arcia, LF
Max Kepler, 1B
Aaron Hicks, CF
Doug Bernier, 2B
Eric Farris, RF

Phil Hughes, RHP

Red Sox

Mookie Betts, CF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
David Ortiz, DH
Hanley Ramirez, LF
Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Mike Napoli, 1B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Ryan Hanigan, C
Quintin Berry, RF

Clay Buchholz, RHP

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