Sunday pregame: Mauer and Redmond in the lineup

Posted on August 31st, 2008 – 1:57 PM
By Joe Christensen

OAKLAND — The Twins are 4-6 on this road trip and have suffered three walkoff defeats and another loss (last Sunday in Anaheim), when the lead changed in the opponent’s final inning at the plate.

Yet, the Twins are still sitting a half-game behind the White Sox. It’s possible they could leave for Toronto today sitting atop the AL Central, though the Red Sox would have to cooperate again.

Joe Mauer is in the lineup at DH today with Mike Redmond at catcher. In two days, Manager Ron Gardenhire will have an extra catcher on the bench in Ryan Jorgensen, but doing this today speaks to the importance of this game.

“We’ve gotta win a ballgame, and Mauer’s been swinging pretty good,” Gardy said.

Update (3:30 p.m.): OK, scratch that thought about first place. The White Sox just finished a 4-2 victory at Boston.

Twins (76-60)

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

Starting pitcher: RH Scott Baker (7-4, 3.75 ERA)

Athletics (63-73)

1. Rajai Davis, CF
2. Ryan Sweeney, RF
3. Bobby Crosby, SS
4. Jack Cust, DH
5. Kurt Suzuki, C
6. Daric Barton, 1B
7. Jack Hannahan, 3B
8. Aaron Cunningham, LF
9. Eric Patterson, 2B

Starting pitcher: LH Greg Smith (6-13, 3.90 ERA)

McAfee Colisuem. First pitch: 3:05 p.m.

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