Joe Mauer, Tsuyoshi Nishioka set for extended spring games

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The Twins will move a step closer to getting a pair of regulars back in their lineup when Joe Mauer and Tsuyoshi Nishioka appear in extended spring games this week.

Mauer, who has been on the DL since April 14 with bilateral leg weakness, is set to appear as a DH on Wednesday.  Nishioka, who suffered a fractured ribula on April 7, will make his debut Friday as a shortstop.

While Mauer is going to get into a game first, there’s a good chance Nishioka will beat him back to Minnesota.  Mauer still needs to regain strength and stamina, whereas Nishioka mainly just needs to find his swing after a month and a half off.  Nishioka is expected to play in about 10 minor league games.  Ideally, both players would come off the DL in the first half of June.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.