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Updated: March 22nd, 2011 4:15pm
Live from Florida, Day 34: Pavano and Nishioka among hottest Twins

Live from Florida, Day 34: Pavano and Nishioka among hottest Twins

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

Today's result

Marlins 3, Twins 0

Carl Pavano allowed three runs (two earned) and seven hits in six innings in Jupiter, walking one and striking out three.
Jim Hoey and Dusty Hughes each pitched scoreless innings, although Hughes walked two and gave up a hit.

Who's hot

• In 19 innings this spring, Pavano has allowed just two earned runs (0.95 ERA) on 16 hits and two walks while striking out 10. He is on schedule to be the Twins' opening day starter in Toronto on April 1.

• With a 2-for-3 performance on Tuesday, second baseman Tsuyoshi Nishioka raised his spring batting average to .351. He has also impressed mightily with his range and soft hands at second base.

Who's not

• After a torrid start, infielder Luke Hughes has not reached base in his last four games (0-for-13), but that certainly doesn't erase the five home runs and 14 RBIs he has collected so far this spring.

• Right-hander Jeff Manship likely had the inside track on landing one of the three open bullpen slots heading into spring-training games, but he has allowed seven earned runs on 11 hits and three walks in 10 innings. Manship will still likely play a role on the big-league squad this season, but his chances of heading north on April 1 are dwindling.

Numbers game

0: The number of times manager Ron Gardenhire has penciled in his "A" lineup for a spring training game this month. That will likely change on Wednesday night, as Michael Cuddyer is expected to see his first action, along with Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau and the rest of the cast.

5: The number of pitchers who have officially been granted spots in the starting rotation after Gardenhire announced Scott Baker as his fifth starter on Tuesday.

5: The number of hard-hit balls by first baseman Justin Morneau in a minor-league game Tuesday, according to a Twins spokesman. Morneau went 3-for-5 with two lineouts to first base, and he played five innings in the field.

Health watch

• Cuddyer (foot) went 2-for-5 with a double in his third minor-league game. He also played five innings in the outfield. Cuddyer is scheduled to play in his first official spring training game on Wednesday night at Hammond Stadium.

• LHP Scott Diamond has been battling a blister issue on his pitching hand. He was scheduled to pitch in Jupiter on Tuesday, but the Twins ran out of innings.


"If I had a nickel for every time somebody has asked me that..."
-- Matt Capps, when asked on 1500 ESPN whether he knew who the Twins' closer is going to be.

On deck

The Twins are scheduled to return home on Wednesday to play under the lights against the Baltimore Orioles. Expect to see the "A" lineup, or something closely resembling it.

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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