Sunday pregame: Twins/Royals

Posted on September 28th, 2008 – 10:15 AM
By Joe Christensen

The Twins clubhouse was typically loose this morning. If you didn’t know better, you wouldn’t have been able to tell the difference from any other Sunday morning all season.

“We’ve had all kinds of ups and downs,” Manager Ron Gardenhire said. “This is pretty resilient group. I fully expect us to play a good baseball game. I’m not worried about them not showing up. We’ll show up.”

(*) Obviously the Twins need to get to the playoffs for this to matter, but Gardenhire said the training staff is confident Kevin Slowey (bruised right wrist) will be able to throw a bullpen session by Wednesday.

That’s important because the Twins need to know he’d be ready for Game 3 of the ALDS before placing him on the playoff roster. The playoff roster must be submitted one hour before Game 1.

For now, there’s still lots of swelling and Slowey’s range of motion is limited, so the swelling will have to subside.

Royals (75-86)

1. Mike Aviles, SS
2. Alberto Callaspo, 2B
3. Jose Guillen, RF
4. Ryan Shealy, 1B
5. Mark Teahen, LF
6. Alex Gordon, 3B
7. Kila Ka’aihue, DH
8. John Buck, C
9. Mitch Maier, CF

Starting pitcher: RH Brandon Duckworth (3-2, 5.06 ERA)

Twins (87-74)

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

Starting pitcher: RH Scott Baker (10-4, 3.59 ERA)

Metrodome. First pitch: 1:10 p.m.

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