Let’s pass the final day of spring training by predicting the Twins starting lineup for the opener. I’m betting on Morneau to be healthy after testing his back today. My version is the lineup that I think Gardy will choose, as opposed to what I might do.
Span, cf; Casilla, 2b; Cuddyer, rf; Morneau, 1b; Kubel, dh; Crede, 3b; Young, lf; Redmond, c; Punto, ss.
And for Game 2, against lefty Eric Bedard, Gomez gets the start in center and the 5-6-7 spots go Young/Kubel/Crede.
Crede batted .122 (10 for 82) against lefties last season, with no home runs. His career splits are pretty left/right neutral, so I’m using his back problems as an explanation for now.
Here’s what we were thinking a couple of weeks ago, when we took our first shot at Mauer-free batting orders.
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