Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Twins News for Wednesday

Good news for Twins fans today. Joe Mauer caught today's game against the Blue Jays, which the Twins won 2-0. At the plate, Mauer went 2 for 3 with an RBI. It seems everytime he plays, Mauer shows his importance and his impact on the Twins' lineup. Granted, as my associate has pointed out, these are just exhibition games, but Mauer's presence cannot be overstated. I see this is another positive sign for the Twins, as it would be the best possible scenario to have Mauer's defense as well.

Other notes:

- Kyle Lohse was very impressive in his start today. Lohse pitched five scoreless innings, giving up four hits while striking out three and walking one. In a spring where the Twins' starters have been pretty impressive, Lohse's success is most important. He needs to build up his confidence and achieve this year what he should have in 2004.

- Terry Mulholland made his spring debut today. He pitched a scoreless inning with one strikeout in relief of Kyle Lohse. Mulholland remains a likely bullpen candidate, but as mentioned, C.J. Nitkowski and Ryan Rowland-Smith are still good possibilities as left-handers as well.