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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Roster Set, Liriano sent down

Yesterday's move to send Francisco Liriano down to Single-A Fort Myers to make two more starts was the last step in finalizing the opening day roster.

With Liriano out for two starts, the rotation will look like this: Livan Hernandez (Opening Day), Boof Bonser, Nick Blackburn, Kevin Slowey, and Scott Baker. Blackburn steps in with the vacancy left by Liriano. Baker will start in the 5th slot as he heals and builds his stamina, but he will certainly be moving up in the rotation order.

The remaining arms in the bullpen include: Matt Guerrier, Brian Bass, Juan Rincon, Jesse Crain, Dennys Reyes, Pat Neshek, and Joe Nathan.

The likely lineup Gardenhire will fill out on Monday night: Joe Mauer C, Justin Morneau 1B, Brendan Harris 2B, Adam Everett SS, Mike Lamb 3B, Delmon Young LF, Carlos Gomez CF, Michael Cuddyer RF, and Jason Kubel DH.

The bench will be filled by: Mike Redmond C, Nick Punto IF, Matt Tolbert IF, and Craig Monroe OF.

So there you have it Twins fans, the roster is set. Expect to see many more arms throughout the season (Liriano, Glen Perkins, Brian Duensing, Philip Humber, and Kevin Mulvey) and we'll see how the improved lineup works. I'm excited and if you're a Twins fan you should be too!

This year there are no expectations. We have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Monday night. just go out and watch the kids play.

YOUR OPINION: Who are you most excited to watch this season? Leave a comment and let me know.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi John, I am most excited about the Liriano comeback hope he can make it and give us a dominating pitcher. The SI picked the twins last in the division so you are right that we have nothing to lose and lots to win! Have fun Monday night, wish I was there but I will wait for you to join us Johnson/Blue/Brown/Meyer guys for the twin/yankees end of May! Dad