Gardy bristled as he defended the players he started — in a day game after a late-night clinching party — as "major league players."
|T.C., at least, hit the field Wednesday,|
But in point of fact, it was the kind of lineup one might see in March — and not at their home grounds in Fort Myers, either.
The spring training rule (not always followed by bus-tripping visitors) is that each team is supposed to start at least three regulars.
The Twins on Wednesday started three regulars (Denard Span, Jason Kubel and Danny Valencia) plus Nick Blackburn. They started four players who opened the season in Triple A Rochester (Valencia, Jose Morales, Matt Tolbert and Jason Repko) and a fifth who spent the minor league season in Double A (Ben Revere). They had not one but two back-up catchers in the lineup, not one but two utility infielders in the lineup.
Gardenhire hardly started his A Team. He doesn't need to apologize for that, either.