Minnesota Twins Opening Day 2014 Starting Lineup

Sure, the Twins’ 2013 season just ended. But we’ve already received an exclusive look at their starting lineup for next season’s Opening Day match-up in Chicago against the White Sox.

YOUR 2014 Minnesota Twins:

2B Chance Moore

SS Juan Laricio

DH Melt Marlo

1B Chub Smith

LF Carlos Duran-Duran

3B Larry Coriander

RF Tanke Jones

CF Lazlo Holloway

C Max Rosario

STARTING PITCHER: Caleb Thielbar

Manager: Ralph Snow

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Buxton Watch: 15 Days To Go

As some of you may know, Jake and I are going on a trip this summer. The beginning of that trip includes driving approximately 13 hours over two days on a magical quest to see Twins uber-prospect Byron Buxton play against the Clinton LumberKings in Clinton, Iowa on Monday, July 8th.There’s one problem: Buxton is way way way too good for the Midwest League. Through 67 games, Buxton is triple-slashing .34o/.429/.555. He’s also stolen 32 bases, drawn 43 walks and scored 67 runs. He’s too good, and he should be promoted.

Last week was the Midwest League All-Star break. It was assumed by most prospect enthusiasts that Buxton would be promoted to High-A Fort Myers after the break. By some miracle (see what I did there (they’re the Fort Myers Miracle)), Buxton remains in Cedar Rapids. Since the break, Buxton is 3-12 with three walks and three stolen bases. Last night, he hit his ninth triple of the year.

After his non-promotion, Twins assistant GM Rob Antony said “it won’t be long” before Buxton is bumped up.

Basically, as much as we love Buxton demoralizing Low-A competition, we’re desperately hoping that he remains at the level for three more weeks before heading off to the Florida State League. If he gets promoted, we’ll see be able to see guys like Max Kepler, Gabriel Guerrero, and such at Clinton, but the experience of seeing Buxton in person is something that could not be topped.

So I’m gonna be posting a daily update of what Buxton did the night before. Let’s cross our fingers for a sudden slump. The Buxton Watch begins.

15 Days To Go.

Happy 32nd Birthday Justin Morneau !

Yesterday was Minnesota Twins first baseman/designated hitter Justin Morneau’s 32nd birthday. What is interesting about Justin Morneau ?

  • Justin Morneau’s full name is Justin Earnest George Morneau. He is Canadian.
  • Justin Morneau won the 2006 AL MVP. He hit .321 with 34 home runs and 13o RBI.
  • Justin Morneau is only 32 years old.
  • Justin Morneau is 0-14 for his career against Bartolo Colon.
  • Justin Morneau is 0-7 for his career against Ted Lilly.
  • Justin Morneau is 3-3 with 2 home runs for his career against Hiroki Kuroda.
  • Justin Morneau has faced Daniel Bard 5 times. He was unintentionally walked three times, and intentionally walked twice.

Here are some of my favorite pictures of Justin Morneau:

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