Sunday pregame: Twins/Orioles

Posted on September 14th, 2008 – 11:14 AM
By Joe Christensen

BALTIMORE — Boof Bonser said his back feels better today. Sounds like he could have had a muscle spasm last night, and if there is no lingering pain, he won’t have to miss much time.

The Twins have won eight consecutive games at Camden Yards, and they’ll try to make it nine in today’s series finale with the Orioles, who are 2-12 in their past 14 games.

(*) Sounds like Scott Baker will indeed pitch Wednesday, opposite Cleveland’s Cliff Lee. Baker or Glen Perkins pitched Saturday and would need to bounce back on three day’s rest for that start.

Perkins had the shorter outing Saturday, but Manager Ron Gardenhire knows Perkins missed 3 1/2 months last season with a shoulder injury.

“I think our guy will be Baker,” Gardenhire said. “I think he’s the one guy, the bigger stronger guy who has been around a little bit. He’s the one guy we’re not afraid to do it with. Perkins threw 28 innings or 30 innings last year. We’re in an area, where I don’t think giving him more starts is what we’re trying to do.”

(*) Gardy, on Morneau taking third base on Nick Markakis in Game 2 Saturday:

“When he took off running, I went, ‘Oh my.’ I thought they were going to relay and get him. But that’s the way he plays.

“He’s looking in the dugout for a green light. I’m telling you, he’s looking in there, and I’m going ‘Ooof.’ But he’s always looking to take advantage, and that’s a baseball player.”

Twins (82-66)

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

Starting pitcher: RH Nick Blackburn (10-8, 3.67 ERA)

Orioles (65-82)

1. Brian Roberts, 2B
2. Adam Jones, CF
3. Nick Markakis, RF
4. Aubrey Huff, 3B
5. Ramon Hernandez, C
6. Luke Scott, DH
7. Oscar Salazar, 1B
8. Lou Montanez, LF
9. Juan Castro, SS

Starting pitcher: RH Radhames Liz (5-5, 7.75)

Camden Yards. First pitch: 12:35 p.m.

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