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Ron Gardenhire tells Iowa audience his opening day (for now) lineup

Posted by: Michael Rand under Twins fans Updated: February 6, 2012 - 3:07 PM

 

Per a tweet from new Twins radio guy Cory Provus, skipper Ron Gardenhire was asked during a stop today in Mason City, Iowa, about the team's starting nine. Gardy obliged with an answer, so consider this your opening day lineup for the Twins as of now -- which obviously takes best-case health scenarios and doesn't factor in any spring training injuries/surprises:

 

1) Span, CF

2) Carroll, SS

3) Mauer, C

4) Morneau, 1B

5) Willingham, RF

6) Doumit, DH

7) Valencia, 3B

8) Casilla, 2B

9) Revere, LF

SP: Pavano

There aren't any real surprises there, but it does get the wheels turning to see it laid out like that. It still seems a little silly to align the three outfielders that way; Span in right, Revere in center, Willingham in left seems more efficient. But the left-right hitting balance and the speed turnover from the bottom of the order to the top seem to make sense. Your thoughts in the comments -- you know, other than that it looks way better with Mauer and Morneau than anyone else in those 3-4 spots.

Remember, pitchers and catchers can report in fewer than two weeks -- or fewer than a week, if they are from Oakland or Seattle.

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