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Pregame: R.A. Dickey up first in 10-game homestand for Twins

  • Blog Post by: La Velle E. Neal III
  • September 6, 2013 - 6:18 PM


Blue Jays (64-76)

1.  Jose Reyes, SS
2. Rajai Davis, LF
3. Edwin Encarnacion, DH
4. Adam Lind, 1B
5. Brett Lawrie, 3B
6. Mosies Sierra, RF
7. Ryan Goins, 2B
8. Anthony Gose, CF
9. Josh Thole, C

Pitching: R.A. Dickey, RHP

Twins (61-77)

1. Alex Presley, CF
2. Clete Thomas, RF
3. Brian Dozier, 2B
4. Josh Willingham, DH
5. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
6. Oswaldo Arcia, LF
7. Chris Colabello, 1B
8. Josmil Pinto, C
9. Pedro Florimon, SS

Pitching: Mike Pelfrey, RHP

Joe Mauer took batting practice today, but still needs a few more days before the Twins can cicrle a date for his return,

Twins fans get to see Alex Presley and Josmil Pinto in person for the first time, as both make their Target Field debuts tonight. Presley, who came over in the Justin Morneau trade, is batting .389 through his first four games as a Twin. Pinto, called up last weekend, is 7 for 10 with one RBI.

The Twins will try to figure out how to hit Dickey's knuckleball tonight. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire pointed out that Dickey is now changing speeds with his kncukleball, which is an additional challenge. ``That ought to be entertaining,'' Gardenhire said. ``watching some of our kids take swings against him.'' Brian Dozier homered off of Dickey earlier this season, so maybe he can provide some pointers. ``Nah,'' Dozier said. ``It was a fastball.''

The Twins clubhouse looks a lot different after recent trades of Morneau and Jamey Carroll. Josh Willingham has moved into Morneau's old corner locker. There are huge actions photos of Twins players along the wall leading to the clubhouse. The ones of Morneau and Carroll have been taken down and replaced with ones of Kevin Correia and Jared Burton.


 

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