By Joe Christensen
Kevin Slowey will pitch Sunday in place of Boof Bonser, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said today. Gardenhire said the team isn’t giving up on Bonser, that he’s expected to have a great chance to make the starting rotation next spring. But he’s had a tough time, and for now, they want to give a chance to Slowey and perhaps Nick Blackburn. Bonser will move to the bullpen.
Also, Gardy scrapped his plan to use Garrett Jones at first base again today. Torii Hunter is the DH, and with Joe Mauer getting a day off, Gardy wanted the rest of his middle-order hitters in the lineup.
Twins lineup: Jason Tyner CF, Jason Bartlett SS, Jason Kubel LF, Torii Hunter DH, Justin Morneau 1B, Michael Cuddyer RF, Chris Heintz C, Nick Punto 3B, Alexi Casilla 2B. Starting pitcher: Carlos Silva.
Royals lineup: David DeJesus CF, Mark Grudzielanek 2B, Mark Teahen RF, Billy Butler DH, Ross Gload 1B, Alex Gordon 3B, Emil Brown LF, Jason Smith SS, John Buck C. Starting pitcher: Gil Meche.
Kauffman Stadium. Scheduled first pitch: 1:10 p.m.