Orioles vs. Twins lineups and pregame notes

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Greetings from Target Field, where it’s a really nice day and the O’s will play the first of two afternoon games to close out the weekend series. Baltimore is fresh off Friday night’s win, highlighted by the best performance of the early season from Ubaldo Jimenez and has won three straight.

Not much pregame news, although Johan Santana’s extended spring debut was rained out in Sarasota, Fla. today so he will pitch on Monday instead. Orioles manager Buck Showalter plans on going to the team’s complex during the off day (the O’s play the Rays starting Tuesday) and will watch some video of Santana when he was right beforehand. Santana will pitch again in extended spring, 2-3 innings, on Saturday.

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis continues to progress favorably from a left oblique strain, as the infielder was out at Target Field prior to Baltimore’s game against the Twins doing some exercises.

Davis did some resistance band work with strength and conditioning coach Joe Hogarty, including some light running drills and stretching. The O’s have been encouraged with how the infielder, placed on the disabled list officially on Sunday, has responded since getting a pair of platelet-rich plasma injections to help spur healing on Monday.

“He’s doing some things a little earlier that some guys do with that injury,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “That’s kind of good to see. He’s been in the pool doing some movement.”

Davis is eligible to come off the disabled list as early as May 11.

ORIOLES LINEUP
Nick Markakis RF
Manny Machado 3B
Nelson Cruz DH
Adam Jones CF
Steve Clevenger C
J.J. Hardy SS
Steve Pearce 1B
David Lough LF
Jonathan Schoop 2B

Wei-Yin Chen LHP

TWINS LINEUP
Brian Dozier 2B
Joe Mauer 1B
Trevor Plouffe 3B
Chris Colabello RF
Jason Kubel LF
Josmil Pinto DH
Kurt Suzuki C
Sam Fuld CF
Pedro Florimon SS

Kevin Correia RHP

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