FORT LAUDERDALE -- I miss the Twins near no-hitter Sunday with Francisco Liriano and finally make it back to a ballgame. It's David Pauley vs. Glen Perkins, Nick Blackburn and Joe Nathan.
-- Denard Span can really, really run. He isn't Carlos Gomez fast, but who is?
-- Joe Crede and his chronic bad back sat on a bus for the two-plus hour drive from Fort Myers. That is a great sign for his health. Blackburn and Cuddyer also made the trip coming off injuries.
-- Adam Jones made a sweet lunging grab in the first to turn a double play. He really might win a Gold Glove this season. Maybe he will even live up to his 30-40 steals prediction. You can't put anything past someone with that talent -- although I still have a hunch his numbers are going to be a few years away.
-- Pauley looks like a Triple-A starter. He won't win a rotation spot. He get abused in the first inning. Alexi Casilla and Cuddyer gapped him.
-- Carlos Gomez, batting ninth with Span leading off, is a strong, strong man. We know about the speed, but Gomez is going to be a big-time hitter in the near future. He lined a double to the warning track in left-center, the ball hardly getting off the ground and splitting the air all the way to the fence. He only got a double. If you understand his speed, you know it takes a shot in the gap for him to only pull up for a double. He hit it too hard almost.
Gomez walked in his next at-bats -- great news. He was caught stealing 1-3-6 on a pick-off attempt -- not great news. He did almost outrun the throw from first to second, though.
-- Crede ripped a single down the left field line. He really doesn't run well at all. It might be a function of his back -- of just the fact that he is Dave Magadan out of the box.
-- Nathan blew Wieters away quickly with one out and a man on third. You gotta put the ball in play there. Granted, that is an elite closer, but it is a sign Wieters might not be ready to go out of spring training. I am becoming convinced he could use time in Triple-A myself... and I generally complain when teams block their elite prospects.