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Management still mulling cuts as Twins play Pittsburgh

Both Derek Falvey and Thad Levine were in the clubhouse this afternoon, raising suspicions that cuts were coming.

But the Twins decided, once again, to delay the transactions. Not sure if its because of raging debates over certain players, or the Twins are eyeing someone on the waiver wire or something else. 

Was told this morning that several players would be sent out, which didn't happen. Now I'm being told that tomorrow will be a busy transaction day. Stay tuned.

Meanwhile, the Twins announced their plans for Opening Day - which includes a couple of events worth watching..

One, they will honor the late Yorman Landa by wearing a special Opening Day patch. Landa, whose first pitch hit 97 mph last year in spring training, died in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic. Since the Twins are playing host to the Royals, they also will honor Yordano Ventura, who also died in a car accident. The Royals are wearing a patch remembering Ventura all season long.

Also, former Twins coach Rick Stelmaszek will throw out the first pitch. Stelly was longtime coach under multiple administrations, and his stories continue to be re-told in the clubhouse today. Stelly also is fighting pancreatic cancer, which he announced the same day former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire announced he had prostate cancer.

The Twins have not sold out the home opener yet, but expect to do so in the coming days. Monday's forecast calls for temperatures near 60, so there's a good chance they'll get some people off the fence and into the ballpark.

Twins

J.B. Shuck, CF
Danny Santana, RF
Ben Paulsen, LF
Miguel Sano, DH
Jason Castro, C
ByungHo Park, 1B
Eduardo Escobar, SS
Tommy Field, 3B
Bengie Gonzalez, 2B

Phil Hughes, RHP

Pittsburgh

Adam Frazier, 2B
Josh Harrison, 3B
Andrew McCutchen, RF
Starling Marte, CF
David Freese, 1B
Jody Mercer, SS
Alen Hanson, LF
Jacob Stallings, C
Ivan Nova, RHP

Cutdown day begins with Stubbs and Rucinski

The first of several roster moves have been announced today.

Outfielder Drew Stubbs was released and righthander Drew Rucinski was reassigned to the minor leagues. No surprises there. We've been told there will be more announcements after the game. There should be. The Twins began the day with a 43-man spring training roster, which is a lot entering the final week of camp.

The position players appear to be set, but Robbie Grossman, the likely backup outfielder, has to prove he's healthy. The No.5 starter's role is down to Adalberto Mejia and Tyler Duffey. There's probably two bullpen spots available, with several pitchers still in play for those roles.

Kennys Vargas said his foot is still sore after fouling a ball off of it, but he said he's going to try to some light work today.

Grossman (groin) is close to returning to action. His last hurdle will be to run the bases, and that should happen in the next couple of days.

Ehire Adrianza is still sore after straining his right oblique on Saturday. That's a big development for Eduardo Escobar and Danny Santana

Not sure if these are the Opening Day lineups (I doubt it), but all the big shooters are on the field this afternoon at Hammond Stadium.

Check back here later after the Twins announce the cuts. Saw a few moving boxes in the clubhouse today....

Red Sox

Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Andrew Benintendi, LF
Mookie Betts, RF
Hanley Ramirez, DH
Mitch Moreland, 1B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Jackie Bradley, Jr., CF
Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Christian Vazquez, C

Chris Sale, LHP


Twins

Brian Dozier, 
Jorge Polanco, SS
Byron Buxton, CF
Miguel Sano, 3B
Joe Mauer, 1B
ByungHo Park, DH
Max Kepler, RF
Chris Gimenez, C
Eddie Rosario, LF

Kyle Gibson, RHP

Final, 3/27 R H E
Minnesota 14-13 1 5 0
Pittsburgh 19-9 4 7 1

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