By Joe Christensen
Still no lineups, last I looked. I got here about 9:40 a.m., and you’d barely know they played a Vikings game the night before. Updates to come.
Update: No huge revelations in Gardy’s pregame media session. Sounds like they’re hoping Jason Bartlett, Torii Hunter, Justin Morneau and Michael Cuddyer can play both ends of the doubleheader. Interesting to note the Twins will have three games within a 24-hour span, since tomorrow starts at 11 a.m.
Asked about the team’s Sept. 1 callups, and Gardy said beyond Kevin Slowey, Luis Rodriguez and Lew Ford, there probably wouldn’t be too many new faces. Perhaps one more pitcher. Though no names were mentioned, I think one to keep an eye on is Nick Blackburn, who would need to be added to the 40-man roster.
Royals lineup: David DeJesus CF, Esteban German 2B, Ross Gload 1B, Billy Butler DH, Alex Gordon 3B, Emil Brown RF, Tony Pena SS, Joey Gathright, Jason La Rue C. Starting pitcher: RH Kyle Davies.
Twins lineup: Jason Tyner LF, Jason Bartlett SS, Torii Hunter CF, Justin Morneau 1B, Michael Cuddyer RF, Jason Kubel DH, Chris Heintz C, Brian Buscher 3B, Alexi Casilla 2B. Starting pitcher: RH Matt Garza.
Metrodome. Scheduled first pitch: 1:10 p.m.