The league announced today some rule changes for the 2017 season. A couple of interest: Giving managers 30 seconds to decide on challenging a play and keeping first and third base coaches in the coaches box.
The first one I mentioned will be a challenge for managers. They will be under the gun to ask for replay when they are at the mercy of their video coordinator, who is back in the clubhouse watching replays. Some stadiums will have more camera angles than others. And the slow motion feed is not always available right away.
But it's all going to be on the manager to make a decision. You'll see some managers play it safe and some signal for replay before getting confirmation. Watch.
"I think it's going to be a little tough," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "We all know that certain places, the feeds are slower. Day games, midweek when we are at home, we might have five cameras when someone else has 20. There's some inconsistencies there but we will try to work around it."
Making sure coaches remain in the first and third base boxes is aimed at one thing and one thing only - to stop base coaches from trying to steal signs.
As for today's game, it would be somewhat of a relief if a Twins starter could breeze through an outing.
That's been difficult this week. Kyle Gibson reached his 45 pitch limit in the second inning on Wednesday. Hector Santiago pitched well in the first inning on Tuesday but labored in the second and was taken out when he hit his 30-pitch limit. Pitchers getting pooped in the second inning of outings does happen. But there also are some who breeze through their outings and complain about spotting their fastball later.
Phil Hughes is on the mound today with a 45-pitch limit. He gave up two runs over two innings last week to the Red Sox in his spring debut.
Brandon Kintzler, Taylor Rogers, Nick Tepesch, Justin Haley and Michael Tonkin are among pitchers scheduled to appear today.
Glen Perkins threw off the mound again today with no problems. He's still not letting it loose, as he eases his way back from shoulder surgery last season.
Hyun Soo Km, LF
Adam Jones, CF
Manny Machado, SS
Chris Davis, 1B
Mark Trumbo, DH
Seth Smith, RF
Wellington Castillo, C
Chris Johnson, 3B
Johnny Giovotella, 2B
Kevin Gausman, RHP
Byron Buxton, CF
Jorge Polanco, SS
Max Kepler, RF
Kennys Vargas, 1B
Eddie Rosario, DH
Drew Stubbs, LF
Eduardo Escobar, 2B
Matt Hague, 3B
John Ryan Murphy, C
Phil Hughes, RHP