Wednesday lineups: Twins/Rays

Posted on April 29th, 2009 – 3:47 PM
By Joe Christensen

Here are tonight’s starting lineups. (Updates to come.)

Update: Mike Redmond had an MRI exam on his right shoulder, and is available tonight only as an emergency catcher, Manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Redmond said he’s hoping he’s ready to play by Friday, but everyone knows that’s when Joe Mauer will be activated from the disabled list.

Redmond said his groin injury hasn’t bothered him since the first weekend of the season, but the shoulder has been affecting his throws all season.

Asked about the MRI, Redmond said, “They found a Bud Light in there.” No, he hasn’t lost his sense of humor. His last trip to the disabled list was in 1998, and he’s in no hurry to go back.

(*) Jesse Crain (right shoulder stiffness) felt good in a bullpen session, and could be activated from the DL by Tuesday. Crain will throw bullpen sessions Friday and Sunday before the Twins set a target date.

(*) Manager Ron Gardenhire said he’s leaning toward putting Mauer right back in the No. 3 spot, when he returns. The hope is that Alexi Casilla will rediscover his form from last year in the No. 2 spot.

(*) Mauer will be in the Metrodome tonight getting final clearance from team doctors to come off the DL. 

RAYS (8-13)

1. B.J. Upton, CF
2. Carl Crawford, LF
3. Evan Longoria, 3B
4. Carlos Pena, 1B
5. Pat Burrell, DH
6. Ben Zobrist, RF
7. Dioner Navarro, C
8. Akinori Iwamura, 2B
9. Jason Bartlett, SS

Starting pitcher: LH Scott Kazmir (3-1, 3.97 ERA)

TWINS (10-11)

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Brendan Harris, SS
3. Justin Morneau, 1B
4. Jason Kubel, DH
5. Joe Crede, 3B
6. Michael Cuddyer, RF
7. Delmon Young, LF
8. Jose Morales, C
9. Alexi Casilla, 2B

Starting pitcher: RH Nick Blackburn (1-1, 4.44 ERA)

Metrodome. First pitch: 7:10 p.m.

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