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Updated: February 26th, 2011 2:35pm
Live from Florida, Day 10: Cuddyer to sit; Slowey bonds with Nishioka

Live from Florida, Day 10: Cuddyer to sit; Slowey bonds with Nishioka

by Phil Mackey
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- A rundown of the news, notes and quotes from Saturday at Minnesota Twins spring training:

Catching up with ... Kevin Slowey

Right-hander Kevin Slowey had a chance this week to face newcomer Tsuyoshi Nishioka during a live batting practice session. After the session concluded, Slowey -- one of the more animated figures on the Twins roster -- approached Nishioka to discuss what the two players saw.

With some help from the translator, of course.

"We try to do that with all the players," Slowey said about the post-session conversation. "I'll do that with Casilla, for example, who I threw against too. Just if you saw anything from me."

Slowey and Nishioka used hand motions to each other to briefly explain what the other one saw during the live batting practice session.

"How did the ball look out of my hand?" Slowey said. "Did he recognize it? The kind of swings that he took, was it because ehe knew it was coming? Or was it because he could see it early? How late was the break on pitches?"

Slowey, who is scheduled to pitch against the Red Sox on Monday night, is one of six starting pitchers fighting for five rotation spots. He posted a 4.45 ERA with 116 strikeouts and 29 walks in 155 2/3 innings last season.

For now, however, he's just focused on the present and getting to know his new teammates.

"I was going to see if he'd like to go fishing with us," Slowey said, making his way toward Nishioka's locker.

"It really seems like he's going to be a great fit in our clubhouse. He's a great personality. We love him."

Numbers game

21: The number of players who have agreed to terms with the Twins this week, thus filling out the 40-man roster -- David Bromberg, Alex Burnett, Scott Diamond, Brian Duensing, Deolis Guerra, Eric Hacker, Jim Hoey, Dusty Hughes, Jeff Manship, Jose Mijares, Anthony Slama, Anthony Swarzak, Drew Butera, Luke Hughes, Chris Parmelee, Trevor Plouffe, Matt Tolbert, Danny Valencia, Joe Benson, Ben Revere and Rene Tosoni.

1: The number of batters Bromberg drilled during live batting practice. Bromberg lost control of a fastball and hit catcher Rene Rivera square in the back. Butera jokingly held Rivera back from charging the mound.

Health watch

• OF Michael Cuddyer (foot) will miss Sunday night's spring-training opener against Boston with a wart on his left foot. Cuddyer said wart cream was arriving Saturday, but also told reporters if doctors were forced to remove it, the healing process could take two months.

• 1B Justin Morneau (concussion), C Joe Mauer (knee) and OF Delmon Young (toe) will also miss Sunday night's spring opener. Morneau continues to face live pitching, which is a positive sign, but he has yet to be cleared for actual games. Young and Mauer are limited in their workouts, but both continue to take live batting practice.


"You need a new ring tone for that thing."
-- Justin Morneau to a Twins security guard whose phone started ringing -- to the tune of "New York, New York -- during live batting practice Saturday. Coincidentally, the security guard also sports a New York Yankees tattoo on his right leg.

On deck

The Twins host the Boston Red Sox at 7:00 et on Sunday night in the first spring training game of the season.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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