The Twins are fielding an A game lineup for their B game against Boston:

Red Sox

Jose Iglesias, SS
Nate Spears, DH
Will Middlebrooks, 3B
Josh Kroeger, RF
Salty, C
Alex Hassan, LF
Jason Repko, CF
Mauro Gomez, 1B
Pedro Ciriaco, 2B

Pitching: Jon Lester, LHP


Alexi Casilla, 2B
Jamey Carroll, SS
Joe Mauer, 1B
Justin Morneau, DH
Michael Hollimon, 3B
Trevor Plouffe, LF
Wilkin Ramirez, RF
Rene Rivera, C
Joe Benson, CF

Nick Blackburn, RHP


Sorry this is late. I was in the parking lot talking with Twins president Dave St. Peter, who is on his way to Miami to get a tour of the Marlins' new ballpark. Populous' Earl Santee, the architect maven who designed Target Field and countless other parks, is giving the tour.

Word is that the teams are going just seven innings today.

  • Nick Blackburn has four strikeouts over the first two innings.
  • Jon Lester is on the mound for the Red Sox.
  • Joe Mauer, playing first base, went to his right to make a nifty backhanded stop of Jarrod Saltalamaccia's grounder in the second.
  • Trevor Plouffe, playing left, yielded a double when he initially broke back on Jason Repko's fly ball and couldn't recover in time. There is a breeze blowing in.
  • There's no score heading into the fourth. Aaron Thompson on the mound.

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