Reliever Trevor May has been slowed by a stiff back, but he feels much better today and should be available out of the bullpen. To make sure, May will test his back during pre-game work, but manager Paul Molitor expects to have him as an option.

``I know he was going to go out there and make a determination,'' Molitor said, ``but I'm optimistic that we are going to get a thumbs up.''

Molitor needed seven relievers to get through the 11-inning game last night, but he pointed out that no one threw more than 20 pitches. So he shouldn't be handcuffed in the late innings.

``Coming off of the offday, I still think we're in pretty good shape,'' he said.

Things will be a lot easier if Ricky Nolasco can pitch into the eighth inning, like he did in his last outing. Things didn't work out well then, as he gave up a late run in a game the Twins lost. But I think Molitor will take another long outing by Nolasco tonight.

Oswaldo Arcia is in the lineup today, and looks great in batting practice. Molitor said it's been hard to get Arcia in the lineup because they have run into several lefthanders recently. Let's face it. Robbie Grossman is on fire right now and the Twins want to see Max Kepler play.

Former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire is in town this week and is scouting batting practice today. He's been watching a lot of the Twins minor leaguers and filing reports. He proudly showed off a legal pad filled with his notations.


Ichiro, DH
Martin Prado, 3B
Christian Yelich, LF
Marcell Ozuna, CF
Giancarlo Stanton, RF
Justin Bour, 1B 
Derek Dietrich, 2B
J.T. Realmuto, C
Miguel Rojas, SS

Wei-Yin Chen, RHP


Eduardo Nunez, SS
Robbie Grossman, LF
Joe Mauer, 1B
Trevor Plouffe, 3B
Brian Dozier, 2B
Byung Ho Park, DH
Oswaldo Arcia, RF
Kurt Suzuki, C
Byron Buxton, CF

Ricky Nolasco, RHP

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