Mauer, Morneau, Cuddyer to start Wednesday

Mauer, Morneau, Cuddyer to start Wednesday

Mauer, Morneau, Cuddyer to start Wednesday
JUPITER, Fla. -- With the Twins playing their third consecutive road game hours away from Hammond Stadium, Justin Morneau, Michael Cuddyer and Jim Thome all played in another Minor League game Tuesday at the Twins' Spring Training complex.

Morneau saw action at first base and went 3-for-5. Cuddyer played five innings in right field, going 2-for-5 with a double, and Thome went 1-for-3 with three RBIs, one on a sacrifice fly.

All three players are expected to play in Grapefruit League action this week. In fact, the Twins could field a batting order close to their projected Opening Day lineup Wednesday night against the Orioles, with catcher Joe Mauer, Morneau and Cuddyer all slated to start.

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All three had a late start to the spring because of injuries, and Cuddyer will be making his Grapefruit League debut on Wednesday after experiencing discomfort in his left foot stemming from having a wart removed on March 1.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he was excited about the possibility of putting his best lineup out there for the first time in nearly nine months -- Morneau missed the second half of last season with a concussion. He said the lineup will be "beautiful" and that he's not worried about the late start for Mauer, Morneau or Cuddyer.

"They'll be fine," Gardenhire said. "They have to be. They don't have a choice."