By Joe Christensen
CHICAGO — Michael Cuddyer gets a start at designated hitter tonight, with Jason Kubel available off the bench.
Cuddyer is 7-for-12 (.583) for his career off tonight’s White Sox starter, lefthander John Danks, while Kubel is 3-for-7 (.429).
(*) Manager Ron Gardenhire said he’ll be ready to go to the bullpen early to help rookie starter Nick Blackburn if need be.
(*) It’s all hands on deck, though Gardenhire said he won’t use Francisco Liriano tonight because this is his first season coming back from major elbow surgery. Liriano pitched Friday and would be working on three day’s rest.
(*) Gardenhire said Scott Baker would be available out of the bullpen. Normally, he would throw a side session today anyway.
(*) Kevin Slowey (bruised right wrist) will play catch again today, and the Twins will see how he feels before clearing him for a bullpen session Wednesday.
(*) I had a couple position typos written below earlier, apologies.
Update (6:40 p.m.): The White Sox announced a first-pitch temp of 56 degrees, with winds from the north/northwest at 11 mph. Not as blustery as some forecasts made it look.
(*) Glen Perkins is also in the bullpen wearing spikes. So he and Baker are both available for relief.
1. Denard Span, RF
2. Alexi Casilla, 2B
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Michael Cuddyer, DH
6. Delmon Young, LF
7. Brendan Harris, 3B
8. Nick Punto, SS
9. Carlos Gomez, CF
Starting pitcher: Nick Blackburn (11-10, 4.14 ERA)
White Sox (88-74)
1. Orlando Cabrera, SS
2. Dewayne Wise, LF
3. Jermaine Dye, RF
4. Jim Thome, DH
5. Paul Konerko, 1B
6. Ken Griffey, Jr., CF
7. Alexei Ramirez, 2B
8. A.J. Pierzynski, C
9. Juan Uribe, 3B
Starting pitcher: John Danks (11-9, 3.47 ERA)
U.S. Cellular Field. First pitch: 6:37 p.m. (Televised on TBS)