ST – Twins @ Phillies, 12:05

I’m not sure what, if any, media is carrying the Twins/Phillies game today or where exactly to go to find out. I know I’ll be having to follow on GameDay while I get some work done.

Several of the Twins’ regulars made the 2+ hour bus trip up the Florida Gulf Coast to Clearwater for the game today, including Lexi, Nishi, DY, Valencia, Cuddyer and Thome. It’s a little unusual to see Thome go for a bus ride in ST, but I imagine he wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to see old friends like Phillies manager, Charlie Manuel. I’m willing to bet that Thome and Cuddyer didn’t have to “double up” on the bus seats, though.

The bullpen is loaded today, as well, with Joe Nathan, Matt Capps, and Jose Mijares, in addition to Jim Hoey, Carlos Gutierrez and Glen Perkins, all making the trip to back up Nick Blackburn. This late in ST, though, you won’t necessarily see every pitcher get in to the game. It just kind of depends on how many innings Blackie goes.

This is another one of those funky AL @ NL games where the AL team is using a DH while the NL team wants to get their pitchers some ABs in preparation for the season.

Casilla, A, SS   Rollins, SS
Nishioka, 2B   Castillo, L, 2B
Young, D, LF   Ibanez, LF
Thome, DH   Howard, 1B
Cuddyer, RF   Gload, RF
Valencia, 3B   Orr, CF
Hughes, L, 1B   Ruiz, C
Repko, CF   Martinez, M, 3B
Butera, C   Hamels, P
  Blackburn, P    


  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 1 7 11 0
Philadelphia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 10 0