MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 23: Ron Gardenhire #35 of the Minnesota Twins takes the ball from Jason Marquis #21 during the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox on April 23, 2012 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
The Twins take a shuffled roster into Thursday game with the Blue Jays.
At least they're trying something different.
After Wednesday's 6-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels -- the Twins' seventh loss in nine games -- the team announced that Danny Valencia (.190 batting average with 23 strikeouts and 19 hits) was optioned to Triple-A, and Matt Maloney (8.18 ERA with a .347 BA against) was designated for assignment.
Outfielder Darin Mastroianni, who was called up when Valencia went down, had two at-bats last season in the majors and was hitting .286 in the minors this season.
(More on the Twins roster changes here.)
Jason Marquis will start Thursday for the Twins. He is 2-1 with a 5.40 ERA. Henderson Alvarez will start for the Jays. This season Alvarez is 2-2 with a 2.83 ERA and threw a complete game shutout last time out.
The Twins are a league-worst 8-22 and are just 4-10 at home. The Blue Jays, meanwhile, are 17-14 and in the middle of the pack in the AL East.
First pitch is schedule for 7:10 Central.