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Sano scratched; Granite starts in center for Twins as Buxton fights migraines

    UPDATE: Miguel Sano, hit on the left wrist last night by a Josh Fields pitch, was scratched from the Twins’ lineup after batting practice on Tuesday. His absence means Eduardo Escobar will move over to third base and move up to Sano’s cleanup spot, with Jorge Polanco entering the lineup at shortstop. No word yet on the severity of Sano’s injury.

    LOS ANGELES — Zack Granite remains in the major leagues, and in fact will bat second in the Twins’ lineup tonight. That wasn’t the plan, since Byron Buxton is eligible to come off the disabled list today, his strained groin now healed.

    But Buxton was stricken with migraine headaches on Monday, a condition so painful and debilitating, he was sent back to the team hotel before Monday’s game began. The center fielder’s condition was serious enough that manager Paul Molitor and the Twins’ front office decided to wait another day or two until the 23-year-old outfielder has had a chance to work out on the field a couple of times.

    “I think he’s feeling a little bit better today,” Molitor said. “I’m interested to see how much he gets done in terms of practice. But being on the DL, there’s just not an urgency to force that today. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow.”

    In the meantime, Granite, 8-for-17 (.471) in his last five games, will remain on the roster and in center field. Molitor has made it clear that he would like to find a way to keep Granite on the roster, but it doesn’t seem likely as long as the Twins carry 13 pitchers.

    Jaime Garcia arrived today and threw a short bullpen session as he awaits his first start as a Twin, scheduled for Friday in Oakland.

    Here are the (updated) lineups for the second game of three at Dodger Stadium:

TWINS

 

Dozier 2B

Granite CF

Mauer 1B

Escobar 3B

Rosario LF

Kepler RF

Polanco SS

Castro C

Berrios RHP

 

DODGERS

 

Taylor LF

Seager SS

Turner 3B

Bellinger 1B

Grandal C

Pederson CF

Utley 2B

Puig RF

Maeda RHP

Colon may be pitching for job as Twins open series at Dodger Stadium

    LOS ANGELES — They’re expecting some huge crowds for the Twins’ first visit to Dodger Stadium in 12 years, though the fact that today is Justin Turner Jersey Night and Wednesday is Clayton Kershaw Bobblehead Night may have something to do with it, too. But the Twins haven’t played before a crowd of 48,000 or more since the last days of the Metrodome, so it’s possible this might be a novel experience for some of the Twins.

    It certainly is for Paul Molitor, who has never taken part in a game at Chavez Ravine, in any capacity. He was on the 1980 AL All-Star Team that played here, but he was injured and didn’t play. And in 1988, he worked out here in October with a team of major leaguers on their way to a postseason tour of Japan.

    So the Twins’ manager said there will be a bit of a thrill about tonight’s opener of the three-game series here tonight.

    “A classic park that’s still around,” Molitor said. “It’s fun for me to be a part of it.”

    He’ll have a lot more fun if Bartolo Colon can turn in a quality start, something he showed signs of in his Twins debut last Tuesday at Target Field. “He’s excited about getting a chance to get back out there after a start that showed a few glimpses of things he’s capable of, but didn’t last particularly long,” Molitor said, referring to Colon’s four-inning start against the Yankees. “Hopefully it’s more of the same that we saw particularly early in that game, and that he can extend it into the middle innings.”

    Molitor wouldn’t say it, but Colon’s job might be at stake. The Twins traded for Jaime Garcia on Monday afternoon, and Colon is the most obvious candidate to lose his rotation spot. If Colon pitches six innings or so, Molitor might have a decision to wrestle over. “I’d rather wrestle with having pitchers pitch well,” he said, “than have to desperately pick one of them to stay.”

     The infielders were talking before the game about how fast the infield is here, with extremely short grass that allows balls to scoot through. And the corners are rounded, with low fences just 330 feet away, so it’s possible to get some cheap home runs if you hug the lines.

    The Dodgers have won 13 of their last 15 games, and 33 of their last 39, so they are easily the game’s hottest team. Here are the lineups for the first of three here in Los Angeles:

TWINS

 

Dozier 2B

Mauer 1B

Sano 3B

Escobar SS

Rosario LF

Grossman RF

Castro C

Granite CF

Colon RHP

 

DODGERS

 

Taylor LF

Seager SS

Turner 3B

Bellinger 1B

Forsythe 2B

Grandal C

Pederson CF

Puig RF

Ryu RHP