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Spring Game Thread 26: Twins at Reds

MLB Florida and Arizona Spring Training - SB Nation

The Reds keep shooting themselves in the foot with these night games during the NCAA tournament, don't they? 

Micah Owings is pitching for the Reds today, in what's probably his most important start of the spring.  Another stellar performance could cement his spot in the rotation, and he's pretty much already guaranteed himself a trip north.  Also, this will be the first game of the spring where he's batting, so that should be exciting.  The Fay asked Hairston about it, and he said that he'd bat Owings 7th in the lineup.  He'll be 9th tonight, because Dusty makes the lineups.

Nick Blackburn is pitching for the Twins.  Last time these two faced each other, he pitched two shutout innings to Owings' 3.  That was in the second game of Spring Training, so both of them should go much farther in the game.  I'd expect to see Owings pitch at least 5 innings if he stays out of trouble.

See the lineups after the jump.


Minnesota Twins @ Cincinnati Reds

03/26/09 7:05 PM EDT

Minnesota twins
cincinnati Reds
Denard Span - CF
Willy Taveras - CF
Alexi Casilla - 2B
Jerry Hairston Jr. - SS
Brendan Harris - 3B
Joey Votto - 1B
Justin Morneau - 1B
Brandon Phillips - 2B
Michael Cuddyer - RF
Jay Bruce - RF
Delmon Young - LF
Jeff Keppinger - 3B
Mike Redmond - C
Chris Dickerson - LF
Nick Punto - SS
Ramon Hernandez - C
Nick Blackburn - P
Micah Owings - P

Game time is 7:05pm.  Good news for those who want to watch the game!  This game will be aired on MLB.TV (if you subscribe to that), and the radio feed from Minneapolis station TRN will also be available, at the very least on GameDay Audio and may also stream for free on their website.  Gameday works too.  Go Reds!