Twins pregame: March of the lefties

Posted on August 30th, 2008 – 5:00 PM
By Joe Christensen

OAKLAND — The Twins will face their fifth consecutive lefthanded starting pitcher tonight, in Oakland’s Dallas Braden.

As we’ve reported, Oakland’s Greg Smith will make it six lefties in a row on Sunday.

Well, now the Blue Jays probables are out for the next series, and the Twins are scheduled to face lefthander David Purcey on Tuesday. That will make it seven in a row.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, no team has faced seven lefties in a row since the 1991 Mets.

Toronto is scheduled to use righthanders A.J. Burnett and Jesse Litsch to close out that series.

Updates to come…

Update (7:15 p.m.): Just heard the A’s are placing Frank Thomas on the DL. I will get the updated lineup to you shortly.

Update (7:55 p.m.): Thomas has a strained right quadriceps muscle. The A’s also activated righthanded pitcher Keith Foulke from the DL and selected outfielder Aaron Cunningham from Class AAA Sacramento.

They sent Friday’s starter, Dan Meyer, to Class AA Midland. I posted the new lineup below.

Twins (76-59)

1. Denard Span, RF
2. Nick Punto, SS
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Jason Kubel, DH
6. Delmon Young, LF
7. Brendan Harris, 3B
8. Alexi Casilla, 2B
9. Carlos Gomez, CF

Starting pitcher: LH Francisco Liriano (4-3, 3.83 ERA)

Athletics (62-73)

1. Rajai Davis, CF
2. Kurt Suzuki, C
3. Bobby Crosby, SS
4. Emil Brown, LF
5. Ryan Sweeney, RF
6. Kurt Suzuki, C
7. Daric Barton, 1B
8. Cliff Pennington, 3B
9. Eric Patterson, 2B

Starting pitcher: LH Dallas Braden (4-3, 4.13 ERA)

McAfee Coliseum. First pitch: 8:07 p.m.

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