It's overcast at Turner Field but there's optimism that a game will be played today.

After the starting pitchers get their work in, all bets are off, I think.

With many teams dealing with late spring injuries, the Twins are heading into the regular season in relatively good shape healthwise.

That means the, `When-to-play-Jim-Thome?' question will occur frequently.

Matchups will play a part of it. But Gardy said this morning that he can give one of the other players a full day off when Thome starts.That leads to something I suspected: Joe Mauer might not DH as much as he did last year when he wasn't behind the plate.

Jason Kubel will lose some at-bats. Maybe Michael Cuddyer will against certain righthanders. But it will be interesting to see when Mauer doesn't play. He'll rarely be at a mismatch at the plate.

Then again, this could be a way to ensure Mauer gets through the season as smoothly as possible.


1. Denard Span, CF
2. Tsuyoshi, Nishioka, 2B
3. Justin Morneau, 1B
4. Jim Thome, DH
5. Delmon Young, LF
6. Michael Cuddyer, RF
7. Danny Valencia, 3B
8. Drew Butera, C
9. Alexi Casilla, SS

Pitching: RHP Scott Baker


1. Martin Prado, 3B
2. Nate McLouth, CF
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Eric Hinske,DH
5. Brooks Conrad, 2B
6. Matt Young, LF
7. Joe Mather, RF
8. Brandon Hicks, SS
9. J.C. Boscan, C

Pitching: Brandon Beachy

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