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Minnesota Twins ready to play

Feb. 13, 2013
Minnesota Twins Spring Training 2/13/13
Minnesota Twins Spring Training 2/13/13: Minnesota Twins practice during spring training drills Wednesday, February 13 at the Lee County Sports Complex in Fort Myers. Video by Sarah Coward.
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Key dates

» Today: Pitchers and catchers work out
» Friday: Full squad reports
» Saturday: First full-squad workout
» Sunday, Feb. 24: Grapefruit League home opener, Tampa Bay Rays at Twins, 1:05 p.m.

Ticket information

» Prices: Range from $13 to $40 (March 6 tickets vs. Puerto Rico range from $7 to $20)
» Online:
» Phone: 1-800-33-TWINS (1-800-338-9467)
» Box office: Hammond Stadium ticket windows open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends

Autograph tips

As anywhere, be early, be patient and be polite. It’s much easier to get autographs from the Twins at the Lee County Sports Complex than the Red Sox at Fenway South. The best spot to hang out is near the batting cages on the back side of Hammond Stadium. Some autograph hounds like to stake out the exit of the players’ parking lot at the end of the day, trying to catch players on their way home.

40-man roster

15Glen Perkins
20Josh Roenicke
30Kevin Correia
31Alex Burnett
32Kyle Gibson
37Mike Pelfrey
38Cole De Vries
43Tim Wood
49Vance Worley
50Casey Fien
51Anthony Swarzak
52Brian Duensing
57Ryan Pressly
58Scott Diamond
60Pedro Hernandez
61Jared Burton
62Liam Hendriks
64Tyler Robertson
65Trevor May
71Caleb Thielbar
72Michael Tonkin
74B.J. Hermsen
7Joe Mauer
9Ryan Doumit
23Chris Herrmann
41Drew Butera
82Josmil Pinto
5Eduardo Escobar
8Jamey Carroll
20Brian Dozier
24Trevor Plouffe
25Pedro Florimon
27Chris Parmelee
33Justin Morneau
83Daniel Santana
16Josh Willingham
19Darin Mastroianni
63Joe Benson
63Aaron Hicks
80Oswaldo Arcia
Ron Gardenhire

Non-Roster Invitees

» Pitchers: 17 Lester Oliveros, 21 Samuel Deduno, 39 P.J. Walters, 47 Rich Harden, 53 Nick Blackburn, 54 Anthony Slama, 59 Esmerling Vasquez, 66 Alex Meyer, 67 Luis Perdomo, 68 Bryan Augenstein, 70 Shairon Martis, 76 Deolis Guerra
» Catchers: 73 Kyle Knudson, 77 Eric Fryer, 81 Danny Lehmann, 84 Dan Rohlfing
» Infielders: 1 Ray Olmedo, 13 Jeff Clement, 55 Chris Colabello, 79 Deibinson Romero, 80 Mark Sobolewski, 85 James Beresford
» Outfielders: 11 Clete Thomas, 22 Wilkin Ramirez, 26 Brian Dinkelman, 48 Brandon Boggs


Returning stars

Joe Mauer: The five-time All-Star, three-time American League batting champion and 2009 American League Most Valuable Player, returns behind the plate but also should see playing time at first base and designated hitter. Mauer hit .319 with 10 home runs and 85 RBI last season.

Justin Morneau: The four-time All-Star and the 2006 American League Most Valuable Player hit .267 with 19 home runs and 77 RBI last season. More importantly, he played in 134 games, having played in just 69 and 81 games in the preceding two seasons because of injuries.

Scott Diamond: Acquired by the Twins in a trade from the Atlanta Braves in 2010, Diamond emerged last season as the pitching staff’s ace. He started 27 games in 2012, posting a 12-9 record with 90 strikeouts in 173 innings. He had a 3.54 ERA.

New Faces

Mike Pelfrey: Listed at 6-foot-7, 250 pounds, Pelfrey pitched the previous seven big-league seasons with the New York Mets. He had a 2.29 ERA in just three appearances last season, coming off Tommy John surgery, but he should be ready for the regular season this year. He has a career record of 50-54.

Vance Worley: Acquired from the Phillies in an offseason trade for center fielder Ben Revere, Worley had a 6-9 record with a 4.20 ERA last season. He struck out 107 in 133 innings.

Rising Stars

Aaron Hicks: This first-round draft pick (No. 14 overall) out of Long Beach (Calif.) Woodrow Wilson High will contend for the starting center-field spot this spring training. He played for the Fort Myers Miracle in 2011 and hit .286 with 13 home runs, 61 RBI and 32 stolen bases for Double-A New Britain last season.

Kyle Gibson: This first-round pick (No. 22 overall) in 2009 out of the University of Missouri had his big-league debut postponed by Tommy John surgery. Gibson, who played for the Fort Myers Miracle in 2010 and for two games last season, should be ready to contend for a rotation spot this spring training.

Prospect to watch

Oswaldo Arcia: The 21-year-old native of Venezuela had a stellar first half of the 2012 season for the Fort Myers Miracle, hitting .309 with seven homers and 31 RBI before moving on to Double-A New Britain, where he hit .328 with 10 homers and 67 RBI. He’s unlikely to make the regular season roster, but he will be one to watch as 2013 progresses.

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