Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Twins cut 7 non-roster players, reduce roster to 42

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: March 17, 2013 - 10:19 AM

SARASOTA, FLA. -- The Twins' clubhouse was an awkward place to be this morning, when seven non-roster players were assigned to minor-league camp. Slowly packing up their equipment were Brian Dinkelman, Chris Colabello, Clete Thomas, Eric Fryer and Mark Sobolewski. Also sent down were Deolis Guerra and Shairon Martis, who haven't pitched for awhile, Guerra due to injury, Martis because he's with the Netherlands team in the World Baseball Classic.

It made for a somber room, with several players coming over to shake hands with some of the departees. Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau both came over to say goodbye to Colabello, their WBC opponent last week.

That brings the Twins roster to 42 players -- 20 position players and 22 pitchers. The latter number figures to be trimmed back soon.

One of them, lefthander Scott Diamond, said he is definitely going to open the season on the disabled list, but he believes he'll be in the rotation by mid-April. He makes his first spring start tomorrow in a minor-league game -- 30 pitches, probably two innings -- and then goes on a regular five-day schedule, increasing his workload by 15 pitches each time.

Joe Mauer is back in Twins camp, but he was crossed off the traveling squad today, because "I need a day to get situated again," he said. "I've basically been living out of a suitcase for two weeks."

Same goes for Glen Perkins, who like Mauer was disappointed that Team USA isn't headed to the WBC semifinals tomorrow, but is ready to get back to his regular preparation for the regular season.

Those two were spared the 90-minute bus ride up here to the home of the Orioles, a place that I don't even recognize. Ed Smith Stadium was one of the dumpiest, most rundown spring ballparks the last time I was here in 2009, but the renovated version, built to entice the Orioles to move here once the Reds left for Arizona, is unbelievable. Just a gorgeous new park, with lots of details that match Camden Yards.

Here are today's lineups for the noon CT game with Baltimore:

Twins -- Aaron Hicks CF, Jamey Carroll 2B, Ryan Doumit C, Justin Morneau 1B, Wilkin Ramirez DH, Chris Parmelee RF, Joe Benson LF, Eduardo Escobar 3B, Pedro Florimon SS. Vance Worley P, followed by Jared Burton, Ryan Pressly, Casey Fien, Josh Roenicke and/or Tim Wood.

Orioles -- Brian Robers 2B, Manny Machado 3B, Nate McLouth CF, Matt Wieters C, Chris Davis 1B, J.J. Hardy SS, Conor Jackson DH, Chris Dickerson RF, Lew Ford LF. Steve Johnson P. 


Houston 7 1st Qtr 2:53
Pittsburgh 0
San Diego 10/23/14 7:25 PM
Detroit 10/26/14 8:30 AM
Buffalo 10/26/14 12:00 PM
NY Jets
St. Louis 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Kansas City
Houston 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Minnesota 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Seattle 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Baltimore 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Miami 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Chicago 10/26/14 12:00 PM
New England
Philadelphia 10/26/14 3:05 PM
Oakland 10/26/14 3:25 PM
Indianapolis 10/26/14 3:25 PM
Green Bay 10/26/14 7:30 PM
New Orleans
Chicago 75 4th Qtr 9:14
Cleveland 87
New Orleans 73 4th Qtr 8:50
Washington 54
Milwaukee 56 3rd Qtr
New York 61
Philadelphia 42 3rd Qtr
Brooklyn 49
Charlotte 50 3rd Qtr 8:58
Atlanta 62
Sacramento 18 1st Qtr 5:55
San Antonio 12
Memphis 10 1st Qtr 5:56
Dallas 15
Tampa Bay 8:30 PM
Arkansas State 10/21/14 7:00 PM
Connecticut 10/23/14 6:00 PM
(18) East Carolina
Miami-Florida 10/23/14 7:00 PM
Virginia Tech
So Florida 10/24/14 6:00 PM
Troy 10/24/14 6:30 PM
South Alabama
BYU 10/24/14 8:00 PM
Boise State
(6) Oregon 10/24/14 9:00 PM
North Texas 10/25/14 11:00 AM
UAB 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Rutgers 10/25/14 11:00 AM
(16) Nebraska
Maryland 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Texas 10/25/14 11:00 AM
(11) Kansas State
Minnesota 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Memphis 10/25/14 11:00 AM
North Carolina 10/25/14 11:30 AM
San Jose St 10/25/14 12:00 PM
Northern Ill 10/25/14 12:00 PM
Eastern Mich
(25) UCLA 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Akron 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Ball State
Massachusetts 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Ohio U 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Western Mich
Ga Southern 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Georgia State
Kent State 10/25/14 1:30 PM
Oregon State 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Fla Atlantic 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(23) Marshall
Louisiana Tech 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Southern Miss
(1) Miss State 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Georgia Tech 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(22) West Virginia 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Oklahoma State
Texas Tech 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(10) TCU
Michigan 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(8) Michigan State
Boston College 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Wake Forest
Central Mich 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Vanderbilt 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Old Dominion 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Western Ky
UNLV 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Utah State
Temple 10/25/14 4:00 PM
(15) Arizona 10/25/14 5:00 PM
Washington St
Texas-El Paso 10/25/14 6:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
Wyoming 10/25/14 6:00 PM
Colorado State
Syracuse 10/25/14 6:00 PM
(21) Clemson
Texas State 10/25/14 6:00 PM
(3) Ole Miss 10/25/14 6:15 PM
(24) LSU
(4) Alabama 10/25/14 6:30 PM
So Carolina 10/25/14 6:30 PM
(5) Auburn
(13) Ohio State 10/25/14 7:00 PM
Penn State
(20) USC 10/25/14 9:00 PM
(19) Utah
(14) Arizona State 10/25/14 9:45 PM
Nevada 10/25/14 10:59 PM
Ottawa 6 FINAL
Hamilton 16
Montreal 20 FINAL
Toronto 12
Calgary 33 FINAL
Winnipeg 23
Edmonton 24 FINAL
Saskatchewan 19


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