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.

Plouffe on none of 3 Twins lineups for today's games

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: February 24, 2013 - 9:28 AM

Lots of lineups to get to this morning. First, here's the batting order for the regularly scheduled game against the Rays at 1 p.m. ET, the Twins' opener at Hammond Stadium:

Hicks CF, Carroll 2B, Mauer C, Willingham LF, Morneau 1B, Parmelee RF, Clement DH, Olmedo 2B, Florimon SS. P: Hendriks, followed by some combination of Perkins, Burton, Duensing, Gibson, Augenstein, Slama, Perdomo and Guerra.

And here's the Rays' lineup, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times:

Fuld CF, S.Rodriguez 2B, Vogt DH, Duncan 1B, Gimenez C, Thompson RF, Bourgeois LF, Fontenot 3B, Beckham SS.  P: Archer.

There's no TV, but the game will be broadcast on K-Twin radio.

Before that, however, the Twins will hold a six-inning intrasquad game on one of the back fields. Here's the "visiting" team:

Mastroianni CF - Rosario 2B - Dinkelman RF - Ramirez lf - Sobelewski 3B - Herrmann DH - Butera 1B - Santana SS - Fryer C - Lehmann DH2. P: May, Berrios, Thielbar, Albers.

That team will take on this "home" lineup:

Escobar SS - Dozier 2B - Benson CF - Colabello 1B - Thomas RF - Pinto DH - Boggs LF - Rohlfing DH2 - Knudson C - Beresford 3B. P: Walters, Meyer, Hermsen.

Yes, they are using two "designated hitters" in order to get a couple of guys at-bats.

Check back later this morning for more from Twins camp.

UPDATE: You'll notice Trevor Plouffe's name appears nowhere on any of these lineups, a fact that came as a surprise to the Twins' third baseman. "I thought I was going to play," Plouffe said, but sometime this morning, the Twins' trainers decided to play it safe and give his sore calf one more day to heal.

"I feel like a dog that's been told we're going for a walk, and then everyone leaves," Plouffe said. "I'm in here ripping the couch to shreds."

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