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Game 26: Blue Jays at Twins

The Twins try to get back on track with pitching prospect Fernando Romero making his MLB debut.

Please be good Fernando
Please be good Fernando
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First Pitch: 12:10 PM Central
Radio: WCCO 830, TIBN
Know Thine Enemy: Bluebird Banter

The Twins hope to get things back on track today after a tough loss last night in extra innings. We get to be excited about the MLB debut of Fernando Rodney Romero though, who ranks about 5th or 6th on most Twins prospect lists for 2018.

Twinkie Towner Andrew wrote a nice piece on Romero the other day if you would like a little more background info on him.

The now Jose "I kill the Twins for a living" Bautista-less Blue Jays counter with de facto ace Marcus Stroman, who is not pitching like a "de facto ace" by any means this year so far ( 0-3 with an 8.88 ERA in 25.1 IP). He has walked 5.3 batters per nine innings and gave up six runs in each of his last two outings. Stroman has yet to pitch beyond 5 1/3 innings in a game.

The Twins hope to capitalize on Stroman's struggles, but once again are forced to piece together a lineup that doesn't include Byron Buxton or Miguel Sano, with both currently on the DL.

Today's Lineups

Curtis Granderson - LF Brian Dozier - 2B
Teoscar Hernandez - RF Joe Mauer - DH
Justin Smoak - 1B Max Kepler - CF
Yangervis Solarte - 3B Eduardo Escobar - 3B
Kevin Pillar - CF Eddie Rosario - LF
Russell Martin - C Robbie Grossman - RF
Kendrys Morales - DH Logan Morrison - 1B
Lourdes Gurriel - 2B Gregorio Petit - SS
Aledmys Diaz - SS Jason Castro - C
Marcus Stroman - RHP Fernando Romero - RHP

The Fernando Romero experience blasts off in 3.....2.....1..... Congrats, good luck, and godspeed Mr. Romero