FORT MYERS, Fla. — A round of roster cuts this morning has firmed up the bullpen — for now, at least.
Pitchers Jeff Karstens, Steven Jackson, Anthony Claggett, Brian Bass, Vinnie Chulk and Jeremy Powell and catcher Luke Carlin were reassigned to minor league camp.
That leaves seven healthy pitchers — Octavio Dotel, Brendan Donnelly, D.J. Carrasco, Evan Meek, Jack Taschner, Javier Lopez and Hayden Penn — along with Joel Hanrahan and Jose Ascanio, who both will begin the season on the disabled list.
Lineups for this afternoon’s game:
Pirates — 1. John Raynor cf, 2. Ramon Vazquez 3b, 3. Bobby Crosby ss, 4. Ryan Church cf, 5. Steve Pearce 1b, 6. Delwyn Young 2b, 7. Robbie Grossman lf, 8. Jason Jaramillo c, 9. Charlie Morton rhp
Twins — 1. Denard Span cf, 2. Orlando Hudson 2b, 3. Joe Mauer c, 4. Justin Morneau 1b, 5. Michael Cuddyer rf, 6. Jim Thome dh, 7. Jason Kubel lf, J.J. Hardy ss, 9. Nick Punto 3b. Francisco Liriano lhp