PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Miguel Sano was sitting in the Twins’ dugout after taking batting practice, examining the green TC cap he had been issued for the day. Sort of a weird look, isn’t it, Miguel?

    “It’s beautiful,” Sano said. “I like it.”

    He wasn’t sure what to make of the shamrock on the right side, though. When I told him it was a symbol of St. Patrick’s Day, he looked at me like I was speaking, well, Irish. Growing up in the Dominican Republic, he never celebrated the Irish holiday, and had no idea what it is. He just likes the look of the caps, even if it’s a weird fit with a red and blue uniform.

    Sano is back in his normal cleanup spot for today’s game with the Rays, playing third base behind starting pitcher Phil Hughes. The righthander is looking for a clean start today — he’s allowed seven runs in nine innings over his previous three games against major leaguers. Manager Paul Molitor insists there is no need to worry yet, not while he’s still working on commanding his pitches and gaining velocity, It would be nice, he said, to see signs of the old Hughes.

    Here are the lineups for the holiday matinee at Charlotte Sports Park:



Buxton CF

Dozier 2B

Kepler RF

Sano 3B

Grossman DH

Park 1B

Polanco SS

Gimenez C

Stubbs LF


Hughes RHP




Morrison 1B

Kiermaier DH

Longoria 3B

Miller 2B

Dickerson LF

Beckham SS

Souza RF

Casali C

Smith CF


Ramirez RHP

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