If you predicted before the season that Robbie Grossman would be the Twins' No. 3 hitter in June, you better run to the Powerball store.

Grossman is batting third for the second time since joining the team last month, something that manager Paul Molitor doesn't mind doing when they are facing lefthanded starters.

Joe Mauer will bat second tonight as the designated hitter.

 
Will Mauer play tomorrow? That's the question. He's batting .163 against Yankees lefthander CC Sabathia, so it might be a good time to let him sit out one.
 
Back to Grossman. I was a guest on the Randball podcast today and was asked when can Twins fans buy into Grossman being legit. I think he has to prove for the rest of the season. His early career - he batted .240 coming into the season - suggests that he will  not hit at the level he's hitting at for a long period of time. Can players change? Of course.  He has to prove his change is permanent. If Grossman can hit .280,  he can be an everyday player in his league because he draws a lot of walks    . 
 
How do you think the Indians feel now? With the uncertainty surrounding Michael Brantley, they could use another outfielder. And they had Grossman in their system until he activated the opt-out clause in his deal on May 16. Then he signed with the Twins. Now the Indians are quietly discussing deals for outfielders. And Brantley might need surgery on that troublesome shoulder of his.
 
Andrelton Simmons, the Angels' slick fielding shortstop, has been activated from the disabled list and is in tonight's lineup. He's missed 31 games because of a torn ligament in his left thumb.
 
Tyler Duffey is on the mound for the Twins tonight as the Twins try to win their third road series of the season.
 
Twins
 
1. Eduardo Nunez, SS
2. Joe Mauer, DH
3. Robbie Grossman, LF
4. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
5. Brian Dozier, 2B
6. Byung Ho Park, 1B
7. Max Kepler, RF
8. Kurt Suzuki, C
9. Byron Buxton, CF
 
Tyler Duffey, RHP
 
Angels
 
1. Yunel Escobar, 3B
2. Kole Calhoun, RF
3. Mike Trout, CF
4. Albert Pujols, DH
5. C.J. Cron, 1B
6 Jefry Marte, LF
7. Johnny Giavotella, 2B
8. Jeff Bandy, C
9. Andrelton Simmons, SS

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