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Inidans lineup for Thursday

By sstorm Published: April 22, 2010

Today's game: CLEVELAND (6-8) at Minnesota (11-4) at 1:10 p.m. at Target Field

Pitching matchup: Indians RHP Mitch Talbot (1-1, 3.21 ERA) vs. Twins RHP Scott Baker (2-1, 3.38 ERA)

SS Asdrubal Cabrera (.288)
CF Grady Sizemore (.191)
RF Shin-Soo Choo (.313)
DH Travis Hafner (.234)
LF Matt LaPorta (.200)
1B Russell Branyan (.333)
3B Andy Marte (.125)
Luis Valbuena (.171)
C Lou Mason (.080)

CF Denard Span (.259)
2B Orlando Hudson (.259)
LF Jason Kubel (.196)
1B Justin Morneau (.333)
RF Michael Cuddyer (.344)
DH Jim Thome (.227)
3B Brendan Harris (.227)
C Drew Butera (.000)
SS Alexi Casilla (.000)

* Matt LaPorta is getting his first exposure in the outfield today, after playing 11games at first base. LaPorta has played outfield before, but did not take any reps there during spring training after veteran free agent Russell Branyan went on the disabled list with a herniated disc. But with Branyan back, LaPorta will have to share first base duties, playing in the outfield when Branyan's at first.

* In it's last five meetings (including two at the beginning of this series), Minnesota's offense has outscored the Tribe's 29-11.

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