By Joe Christensen
The mood in the Twins’ clubhouse was pretty grim after word came that they had indeed traded Luis Castillo to the New York Mets for two minor leaguers. Castillo was pulled from the lineup, and the new batting order is below. Twins GM Terry Ryan was asked if he felt compelled to make another trade before tomorrow’s 3 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline, and he said no.
But I would not be the least bit surprised if the Twins traded reliever Juan Rincon or starting pitcher Carlos Silva for a hitter by tomorrow. The Mets took on the remainder of Castillo’s $5.75 million salary, which put cash in the Twins’ pockets. La Velle and I are checking all our leads, and we’ll have a full report for early editions.
Royals lineup: David DeJesus CF, Mark Grudzielanek 2B, Mark Teahen RF, Billy Butler DH, Ross Gload 1B, Alex Gordon 3B, Emil Brown LF, John Buck C, Tony Pena Jr,. SS. Starting pitcher: Gil Meche.
Twins lineup: Jason Tyner RF, Jason Bartlett SS, Joe Mauer C, Justin Morneau 1B, Torii Hunter CF, Jason Kubel LF, Rondell White DH, Brian Buscher 3B, Nick Punto 2B. Starting pitcher: Scott Baker.
Metrodome. Scheduled first pitch: 7:10 p.m.