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Spring Training - Game 1 - vs TB - 3/3/12

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#1 Seth Stohs

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 11:38 AM

Lineup courtesy of Joe Christensen: Twins lineup vs. LHP Price (Sat.): Span 8, Carroll 6, Mauer 2, Morneau 3, Willingham 9, Doumit DH, Valencia 5, Plouffe 7, Casilla 4 (Pavano) Looks like the regular, every day line... encouraging to see Plouffe get the start instead of Revere against a left-hander.

#2 glanzer

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 01:10 PM

Yeah that is encouraging to see. Might Gardy really stick with the platoon in left if things pan out for Plouffe in spring training?

#3 Seth Stohs

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 11:38 AM

Game time is 12:05 central time. Unfortunately, the Gophers basketball game will be on 1500espn until about 2. At that time, they will start airing the Twins game, tape-delayed. I am hoping that I can listen to the Twins game live on mlb.com.

#4 Parker Hageman

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 12:11 PM

Just saw that Francisco Liriano and Terry Doyle will flip-flop. Liriano to start against Red Sox while Doyle will get the Rays.

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 12:13 PM

Per Tampa Bay Times beat writer Marc Topkin (follow him on Twitter), here's the Rays starting lineup:

"#Rays lineup v. Twins: Jennings lf, Upton cf, Zobrist 2b, Joyce rf, Molina c, Lobaton dh, Miranda 1b, Johnson 3b, Brignac ss, Price p"


#6 Parker Hageman

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 12:13 PM

BJ Upton smacks a one-out double off of Pavano down the left field line with one out in the first.

#7 Parker Hageman

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 12:16 PM

Ben Zobrist taps a ball in front of the plate that Mauer had to jump out of his crouch to field and fire down to first. Rays broadcasters are giving Mauer a ton of credit for looking much better and more mobile getting to that ball. Two outs in the first, Upton on third.

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 12:16 PM

Matt Joyce rocks a two-run home run off of Pavano, deep beyond the right field fence.

#9 Seth Stohs

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 12:23 PM

Listening to Cory Provus describe the Twins and Rays uniforms is pretty cool. Very detailed. Yoo much Gladden!

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 12:24 PM

Wow. Rays broadcasters just said that the Win-Loss record is "too archaic". I'm impressed.

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 12:26 PM

Jamey Carroll takes a 94-mph David Price fastball off the helmet. He stays on his feet and takes first base. Tough as nails. Gritty. Punto-esque.

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 12:26 PM

It's a new year for the Twins!! Jamey Carroll hit in the helmet by a David Price fastball. He bounces up, goes to 1B and says he's OK!!!

#13 Seth Stohs

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 12:27 PM

Provus tells us that Joe Mauer is working this spring on taking a lot of pitches. Just took a called third strike.

#14 Seth Stohs

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 12:30 PM

Not to be outdone, Morneau takes a called third strike on a full count to end the 1st inning.

#15 Parker Hageman

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 12:32 PM

It think it's safe to say that it's going to take Mauer/Morneau a few PAs to get into game shape at the plate.

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 12:33 PM

I'll say it: I have a huge crush on the Tampa Bay Rays organization. They do things right - using both scouting and stats to get an advantage.

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 12:35 PM

Was it me, or did it seem like Morneau got a bigger applause in his ab than Mauer?
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#18 Seth Stohs

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 12:35 PM

It think it's safe to say that it's going to take Mauer/Morneau a few PAs to get into game shape at the plate.


Maybe even a couple against guys not in the David Price category.

#19 Seth Stohs

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 12:36 PM

Was it me, or did it seem like Morneau got a bigger applause in his ab than Mauer?


It definitely sounded like it to me.

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 12:48 PM

Bit of a breeze blowing out in Ft Myers today apparently.
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#21 wagwan

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 12:49 PM

I am sitting here out of the US any idea where to follow the game?

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 12:52 PM

Brian Duensing is struggling against the Rays right-handed hitters: long out to center from Jennings, triple from Upton...

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 12:53 PM

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#24 Seth Stohs

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 01:00 PM

Denard Span picks up the Twins first hit of the Grapefruit League season, a single that advanced Alexi Casilla, who had walked.

#25 Seth Stohs

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 01:03 PM

Joe Mauer single up the middle scores Casilla from 2B and cuts Twins deficit to 2-1.

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 01:04 PM

Hey... a run! Not going to get shut out for the season! :)
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Posted 03 March 2012 - 01:14 PM

Nice inning by Duensing
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#28 Seth Stohs

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 01:15 PM

Very nice second inning by Duensing. Got the two right-handed bats out on weak outs... struck out the lefty.

#29 Parker Hageman

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 01:23 PM

Danny Valencia with an opposite field double. Good sign for him as he has been asked to use the entire field again.

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 01:25 PM

Don't need to see it These kind of updates work for me and my antiguan internet connection thanks for posting the play by play!