BRADENTON, Fla. -- Twins outfielder Michael Cuddyer is expected to make his Grapefruit League debut Wednesday night against the Orioles at Hammond Stadium.
Cuddyer, bothered by a sore left foot after having a wart removed on March 1, was scheduled to play in his second straight Minor League intrasquad game on Monday after going 2-for-4 with a home run and a double in his first Minor League action Sunday morning.
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With Cuddyer expected to start Wednesday, the Twins could field a lineup close to their projected Opening Day version, as Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau are also scheduled to play against the Orioles. Mauer, recovering from offseason surgery on his left knee, went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI on Monday against the Pirates in Bradenton, while Morneau served as a designated hitter in a Minor League game.
"The goal is to get everybody out on the field and we're getting close," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We're getting the ball rolling along pretty good. Now we're just trying to get everyone some at-bats and try to get their legs underneath them."
Nathan, Morneau get work in Minors games
BRADENTON, Fla. -- With the Twins playing 80 miles away against the Pirates at McKechnie Field on Monday, several Twins regulars stayed back and participated in Minor League games at the Twins Spring Training complex in Fort Myers.
Relievers Joe Nathan and Jose Mijares were stretched out to two-inning appearances for the first time this spring, with Drew Butera and Rene Rivera staying back to catch.
Nathan retired all six batters he faced and Mijares allowed no runs and one hit with three strikeouts.
Justin Morneau and Jim Thome served as designated hitters in an intrasquad game, while Michael Cuddyer started in right field for the second straight day.
Morneau had five plate appearances, while Thome added a home run -- his third in two days after homering twice in an intrasquad game on Sunday. Cuddyer went 2-for-4 with an RBI in a game against Orioles Minor Leaguers.
"The guys back home did OK and got through it," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "So, I think we're cruising right along."
Twins' Duensing impressive this spring
BRADENTON, Fla. -- Left-hander Brian Duensing continued his impressive spring by allowing just one run on three hits over five innings of work in the Twins' 4-1 win over the Pirates on Monday.
With his solid outing, Duensing has a 1.59 ERA with 12 strikeouts and three walks in 17 innings pitched so far in Grapefruit League play. But he said Monday's start was a big step in the right direction after making a few corrections from his last trip to the mound on Wednesday against the Mets when he allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits and a walk over four innings.
"It was a complete 180," Duensing said. "I worked on some stuff the last couple days with keeping my shoulder square to the plate. The ball came out much better and I felt like I had balance with my finish and follow through."
Duensing said he hopes to get stretched out for another inning or so in his next start, which is scheduled for Saturday against the Red Sox in a game that will be televised on MLB Network at 6 p.m. CT.
"It was nice to get that confidence back," Duensing said. "So hopefully my next outing it'll still be here."
Mauer's knee fine after second start
BRADENTON, Fla. -- All-Star catcher Joe Mauer made his second start behind the plate in Grapefruit League play on Monday against the Pirates, and again proved his surgically repaired left knee is holding up just fine.
Mauer went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI while catching six innings in the Twins' 4-1 win at McKechnie Field. He's now batting .500 (4-for-8) with two walks, two runs and two RBIs in three spring games after making his debut as a designated hitter against the Mets on Wednesday.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire joked that Mauer's teammates should follow his lead and get a late start to Spring Training like Delmon Young, who also added two hits on Monday to raise his batting average to .400.
"I told our guys do what Mauer and Young are doing," Gardenhire said. "Just skip 10 or 15 games and just start hitting. These guys have to figure this out. If I would've skipped Spring Training during my career, I might've hit .240 or .245."