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The Twins trot out the ultimate hangover lineup

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The Twins clinched the second Wild Card last night. Late last night, actually as they had to wait until the Angels-White Sox game ended, at around midnight Eastern time, which is the time zone the Twins are in at the moment, visiting Cleveland. They stayed in their clubhouse watching the White Sox victory and started their beer and champagne celebration afterward. One presumes they partied into the wee hours.

Of course, they have a day game today, which gets underway at noon. That’s a pretty early wakeup call for a bunch of hungover guys. Which probably explains this lineup the Twins are trotting out today:

Missing are Byron Buxton, Brian Dozier, Joe Mauer, Eddie Rosario, and Eduardo Escobar. Max Kepler stays in, presumably because he’s from Germany and he’s better at handling beer than the others. I dunno.

Lots of teams do this after clinching, of course. Rare is there such a quick turnaround between celebration and game, however, so the hangover lineup is needed much more in this case, one presumes.

Carlos Carrasco, the Indians starter, is probably pretty happy with this today. The Houston Astros, trying to catch the Indians for the best record in the American League are probably a bit less pleased, not that the Twins owe them anything.

And, of course, because this is baseball, this Twins lineup will probably score 11 runs on 16 hits.

Baseball to honor Stoneman Douglas High School as spring training games begin

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There were a few exhibitions against college teams yesterday but today the Grapefruit League and Cactus League schedules begin in earnest, with big league teams, more or less, facing big league team, more or less.

The baseball will look like baseball, but the teams will be wearing different caps today: black caps with the maroon “SD” of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting on February 14.

All teams and umpire crews will wear the caps pre-game, and they have the option to wear the caps during the games. The only two teams not playing today — the Royals and Rangers — will wear them tomorrow.

After the games players will sign the caps and they will be auctioned off to raise money for the Broward Education Foundation, which benefits the official Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund.

Here’s today’s schedule: