Baker passes final test

Posted on March 30th, 2008 – 1:13 PM
By Joe Christensen

Three quick items from today’s Twins workout at the Metrodome:

(*) Scott Baker tossed six innings for Class AAA Rochester today in Fort Myers, Fla., holding Class AA New Britain to one run on five hits, with no walks and three strikeouts. He threw 71 pitches. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Baker will start Friday against Kansas City.

(*) Kevin Slowey said he felt better, one day after pitching with flu symptoms against the Pirates.  So the rotation to open the season will be: Livan Hernandez, Boof Bonser, Nick Blackburn, Slowey and Baker.

(*) Gardenhire did not say whether Craig Monroe or Jason Kubel would be his DH for Monday’s season opener. Gardenhire said he wanted to look at the numbers again.

The Angels will start RHP Jered Weaver. The lefthanded hitting Kubel is 1-for-5 off him for his career compared to 0-for-3 for the righthanded hitting Monroe.

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