03/30/11 4:41 PM ET
Twins officially set their 25-man roster
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
The moves were announced last Wednesday, so they came as no surprise, but it officially set the club's Opening Day roster.
The club will carry catchers Joe Mauer and Drew Butera; infielders Justin Morneau, Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Danny Valencia, Alexi Casilla and Matt Tolbert; outfielders Delmon Young, Denard Span, Michael Cuddyer and Jason Repko and designated hitters Jason Kubel and Jim Thome.
The Twins' rotation will be composed of Carl Pavano, Francisco Liriano, Nick Blackburn, Scott Baker and Brian Duensing, with a bullpen consisting of Jeff Manship, Kevin Slowey, Glen Perkins, Dusty Hughes, Jose Mijares, Matt Capps and Joe Nathan.
Successful camp ends with Twins' roster healthy
ATLANTA -- With a final Spring Training record of 20-12, the Twins finished with the second-best record in the American League behind the Royals. More importantly for them, they enter the season with no regulars on the disabled list.
It was certainly a productive camp for the Twins, who saw position players Justin Morneau (concussion), Joe Mauer (left knee surgery), Delmon Young (swollen toe) and Michael Cuddyer (plantar wart) get a late start to the spring because of injury. They also had right-handers Scott Baker and Nick Blackburn coming off minor elbow surgeries, and reliever Joe Nathan returning from last year's Tommy John surgery.
But everyone came out of Spring Training healthy, and Twins manager Ron Gardenhire couldn't help but be excited.
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"I'm very pleased," Gardenhire said with a smile. "I'm very happy -- and that's an understatement. The guys are OK and ready to go."
Morneau still hasn't been officially cleared by doctors to play on Opening Day on Friday in Toronto, but he said he plans on being in the lineup for the opener, barring any unforeseen setbacks. So if Morneau is cleared, the Twins will have all their regulars ready when Carl Pavano takes the mound for his second career Opening Day start.
"It's always nice to start and finish with your core group," Gardenhire said. "That's always a nice thing to do, so it's a good start for us. Everybody is ready to go, and we'll lock and load it up there in Toronto and see what happens."
Baker ready for season after strong spring
ATLANTA -- Right-hander Scott Baker finished his spring on a positive note, tossing five scoreless innings in the Twins' 2-0 win in their final Spring Training game against the Braves at Turner Field on Wednesday.
Baker, who finished the spring with a 2.66 ERA over 23 2/3 innings, gave up three hits and a walk while striking out four.
"Even though you're just going out there and working on certain things you might not do in game circumstances, it still feels good to go out there and have decent results," Baker said. "There are still things I'm working on, and it's never a complete project, but it feels good to pitch well."
Baker's next start will come on Monday against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium, and he said he's looking forward to the regular season finally starting up again.
"I'm definitely ready," Baker said. "I think it's going to be a good season for all of us, and I'm looking forward to it."