Pretty strong group of pitchers working today in the Twins' minor-league system, especially when you consider two of them have major-league experience.
Samuel Deduno, out for a month with a groin strain, was activated today by the Twins, and he'll make his 2013 debut for the Rochester Red Wings at Columbus this afternoon. To make room on the roster, the Twins released outfielder Brandon Boggs, who was hitting .184 in 21 games. (Liam Hendriks won last night's game, by the way, and Clete Thomas and Jeff Clement each homered twice.)
In Portland, Maine, top prospect Alex Meyer starts for New Britain. In Fort Myers, Fla., Cole De Vries, recovering from a forearm strain, makes his first rehab start for the Miracle against Tampa. And in South Bend, Ind., Jose Berrios is on the mound for Cedar Rapids.
The Twins will use Mike Pelfrey here at Progressive Field, and Ron Gardenhire said before the game that he was encouraged by the righthander's last start, though he gave up four runs in 5 1/3 innings. Pelfrey has never faced the Indians.
Justin Morneau was in Gardenhire's original lineup as the first baseman, but the manager changed his mind when Morneau mentioned he had a little soreness in his legs. He'll serve as DH instead, with Chris Parmelee moving to first base and Oswaldo Arcia, originally set to DH, moving to right field instead.
It's getaway day for the Twins, who depart for Boston immediately after the game. They're 1-4 on this trip, and are trying to avoid their first three-game sweep by the Indians since Sept. 2011.