Tuesday pregame: Twins/Indians

Posted on September 16th, 2008 – 4:07 PM
By Joe Christensen

CLEVELAND — Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he’s giving Matt Tolbert a start at second base and Brian Buscher a start at third simply to keep more players involved in a series against three lefthanded starting pitchers.

Scott Lewis shut down the Twins for six innings on Monday, and tonight rookie Zach Jackson gets a turn. Jackson came to Cleveland from Milwaukee in the trade for C.C. Sabathia. Tomorrow, of course, the Twins will face Cy Young favorite Cliff Lee.

(*) Boof Bonser has been playing catch and is available to pitch again after straining his lower back Saturday in Baltimore.

(*) Jesse Crain is expected to return to the team in time for Wednesday’s game after flying home Monday to be with his wife for the birth of their second child.

Twins (82-68)

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

Starting pitcher: LH Francisco Liriano (5-3, 3.19 ERA)

Indians (73-77)

1. Grady Sizemore, CF
2. Franklin Gutierrez, RF
3. Ben Francisco, LF
4. Jhonny Peralta, SS
5. Victor Martinez, C
6. Kelly Shoppach, DH
7. Ryan Garko, 1B
8. Andy Marte, 3B
9. Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B

Starting pitcher: LH Zach Jackson (0-3, 5.70)

Progressive Field. First pitch: 6:05 p.m.

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