Twins @ Rays

Happy St. Patty's Day and such. Perhaps the Twins will seize this opportunity to announce a shiny new contract extension for Mr. Joseph Patrick Mauer. Eh, probably not. Anywho, here are the lineups for today's 12:05 start, per Kelly Thesier:

Twins (5-7)

Denard Span, CF
Nick Punto, 3B
Jason Kubel, DH
Michael Cuddyer, RF
Delmon Young, LF
Wilson Ramos, C
Luke Hughes, 2B
Brock Peterson, 1B
Alexi Casilla, SS
Pitching: LHP Glen Perkins

Others scheduled to pitch: Jeff Manship, Jesse Crain, Anthony Swarzak, Kyle Waldrop, Alex Burnett, Anthony Slama, Rob Delaney

Rays (10-3)

Sean Rodriguez, CF
Gabe Kapler, RF
Evan Longoria, 3B
Hank Blalock, DH
Kelly Shoppach, C
Justin Ruggiano, LF
Reid Brignac, 2B
Ryan Shealy, 1B
Elliot Johnson, LF
Pitching: RHP James Shields

Others scheduled to pitch: Rafael Soriano, Grant Balfour, Lance Cormier, Joaquin Benoit

The Twins could use a good outing from Perkins, who gets a turn in place of the ailing Nick Blackburn. Perkins has had a rather miserable spring thus far, which neither helps his trade value nor demonstrates that he is prepared to rebound from a rocky 2009 campaign and help the Twins in some way this year.

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