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Casilla in line to start Twins opener

  • April 4, 2012 - 12:23 AM
FORT MYERS, FLA. - It looks as if second baseman Alexi Casilla will be in the Opening Day lineup.

Casilla, who was scratched from the lineup Thursday because of a sore right knee, received an anti-inflammatory injection Monday and played in a minor league game Tuesday, going 0-for-4.

"Perfect," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire joked. "Locked and loaded."

Casilla is scheduled to play in Wednesday's spring training finale, then take his position Opening Day on Friday in Baltimore.

After Tuesday's game, Gardenhire talked about the need to keep Casilla on the field. He's never played more than 98 games in a season, and the Twins want continuity in their infield.

Burroughs' back still ailing

Sean Burroughs, expected to be the Twins' pinch hitter deluxe this season, tweaked his back Monday and didn't play Tuesday.

Rosters are due into the league office by 4 p.m. Wednesday. The Twins might submit 24 names by the deadline, have Burroughs rest a day, work out Thursday and then add him to the roster once he's cleared to play.

"He was a lot better today," Gardenhire said. "If he comes in [Wednesday] and is ready to get out there, he would be ready to play.

"If he is still feeling ouchy tomorrow, then we will make some decisions and maybe not activate him until Friday, leave him down here and let him work out on Thursday."

Pitching matchups set

Here are the pitching matchups for opening weekend in Baltimore:

• Friday: Righthander Carl Pavano vs. righthander Jake Arrieta.

• Saturday: Lefthander Francisco Liriano vs. TBA (expected to be lefthander Wei-Yin Chen)

• Sunday: Righthander Liam Hendriks vs. righthander Jason Hammel.

Etc.

• Trevor Plouffe started in right field Tuesday after not playing in the field Monday to rest a sore arm.

• After giving up runs in each of his three previous outings, Matt Capps pitched a 1-2-3 ninth Tuesday.

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