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Spring Training News/Game Thread: 3-10-2010

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On a cool Arizona afternoon, the Indians' pitching duel keeps heating up for Aaron Laffey, David Huff and Mitch Talbot |
The most interesting Spring Training battle this spring to me is the battle for the last two spots in the rotation. If the battle was based on past performance, Laffey would have things locked up, but Mitch Talbot, one of his competitors for the spot, is out of options. David Huff is the other pitcher who seems to be in the top tier, though there's a group of other younger pitchers who aren't that far back of the frontrunners.

CastroTurf - News and Notes
The Indians are probably moving Wes Hodges to first base this season, according to Anthony Castrovince. Hodges' defense isn't going to keep him at third, so he's going to have to have his bat get him to the majors. And his bat was very poor last season, so time is running out quickly for the 25-year-old.

Wood not dwelling on trade speculation | News
As mentioned in yesterday's FanShot, the Indians and Twins would seem to match up in that the Indians have a closer they wouldn't mind dealing and the Twins need one with Joe Nathan now likely out for the season. But even if you get past the general reluctance for teams to make intra-league trades, Wood's contract is a major barrier. The Twins would be on the hook for $10.5M, and possibly $11.0M in 2011 if he finishes 55 games. Perhaps the Twins would have some interest later in the season, after they try internal options, but I think the vested option is going to be a deal-breaker to a lot of potential suitors, and especially to a mid-market team like the Twins.


Today's Game

Cleveland vs San Diego, 3:05PM

Lineups: TBD