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#1 Seth Stohs

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 03:32 PM

You can view the page at http://twinsdaily.co...n-Spring-Opener

#2 John Bonnes

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 03:47 PM

Gardenhire also started a lineup that looks a lot like what we expected for Opening Day - except that Plouffe was playing left field. It looks like he is at least thinking about a real platoon there.

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 05:12 PM

Provus seems like he'll be a nice fit. Heard him mention the score more times over the course of a coupla innings then Gordo had since about '98. This is a good thing.

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 07:52 PM

Good day overall. All the highlights listed answer concerns in positive ways, no injuries the biggest. May things progress as spring marches on.

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 09:03 PM

Honestly, it's hard to really find much negative from this game. Our guys that we need to be healthy all produced a little, and were still healthy at the end of the game; Nishioka was a pleasant surprise (still not holding my breath on him); and Parmelee started out hot. Maybe, best of all, it was live, outdoor baseball!

#6 John Bonnes

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 09:05 PM

It's also worth noting that the 3 guys we're most worried about all had decent games. Span was 2-3 & Mauer & Morneau drove in the 1st 2 runs.

#7 Parker Hageman

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 09:49 PM

Danny Valencia drilled a double to the right centerfield gap.


That's one of the bigger things to watch this spring/season - does Valencia begin to use the entire field, particularly the middle of the field he used so well in 2010.

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 09:57 PM

"Nishioka," he said, ever so tentatively.