BRADENTON, Fla. — No rain today, so plenty of baseball will be played here and at Pirate city. … The Twins will start a familiar face in center field and they also are bringing along OF Byron Buxton, whom Baseball America ranks as the No. 1 prospect in the game this year. … For what it’s worth, the Pirates go into the game with the best record in the Grapefruit League.
A game: Twins (4-3) @ Pirates (6-1-1), 1:05 p.m., McKechnie Field
Webcast: pirates.com Weather: Partly cloudy,breezy, 67 degrees
Pirates: 1. Starling Marte LF, 2. Russell Martin C, 3. Andrew McCutchen CF, 4. Pedro Alvarez 3B, 5. Neil Walker 2B, 6. Travis Snider DH, 7. Jordy Mercer SS, 8. Andrew Lambo 1B, 9. Jaff Decker RF. Wandy Rodriguez LHP.
Twins: 1. Alex Presley CF, 2. Brian Dozier 2B, 3. Joe Mauer 1B, 4. Josh Willingham DH, 5. Trevor Plouffe 3B, 6. Wilkin Ramirez RF, 7. Darin Mastroianni LF, 8. Kurt Suzuki C, 9. Jason Bartlett SS. Vance Worley LHP
Backups: Chris Dickerson, Chris McGuiness, Travis Ishikawa, Chris Stewart, Tony Sanchez, Omir Santos, Josh Harrison, Robert Andino
Other pitchers: Scheduled: Jason Grilli, Jeanmar Gomez, Jameson Taillon and Jared Hughes.
B game: Twins @ Pirates, 10 a.m., Pirate City
Weather: Partly cloudy, 65 degrees
Pirates: 1. Jose Tabata LF, 2. Michael Martinez CF, 3. Gregory Polanco RF, 4. Brent Morel 1B, 5. Nevin Ashley C, 6. Matt Hague 3B, 7. Gaby Sanchez DH, 8. Chase d’Arnaud 2B, 9. Alen Hanson SS. Gerrit Cole RHP.
Twins: Lineup tba. Kevin Correia RHP
Backups: Carlos Paulino and a host of minor leaguers.
Other pitchers: Scheduled: Justin Wilson, Bryan Morris, Stolmy Pimentel, Andy Oliver and Casey Sadler.
– Rob Biertempfel