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Boshers, Field pack up as Twins make roster cuts


Great music selection this morning, as Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughn tunes swept through the clubhouse. Fitting, perhaps, as some players were headed out the door. They might have the blues.

Infielder Tommy Field has been assigned to minor league camp and lefthander Buddy Boshers (pictured) has been sent to AAA Rochester, bringing the roster to 36.

 

 

We should learn of other moves in the next few hours.

Robbie Grossman will play three innings in a minor league game today. He will bat leadoff every inning as he proves that his sore groin muscle has healed.

Nick Tepesch will start for the Twins, but my prediction is that he will be told after the game that he will begin the season in the bullpen, and lefthander Aldalberto Mejia will be named the No. 5 starter.

Rays

TBA

Chris Archer, RHP

Twins

Brian Dozier, 2B
Max Kepler, RF
Byron Buxton, CF
Joe Mauer, 1B
Miguel Sano, 3B
Eddie Rosario, LF
ByungHo Park, DH
Jorge Polanco,  SS
John Ryan Murphy, C

Nick Tepesch, RHP

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

Final, 3/28 R H E
Tampa Bay 11-16 0 5 0
Minnesota 15-13 1 5 0

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