Thursday lineups: Mauer at DH, Kubel in left

Posted on August 6th, 2009 – 9:03 AM
By Joe Christensen

CLEVELAND — Quick lineup post and I’ll be back with updates later.

Note, lefthanders are batting .333 against Fausto Carmona, and righthanders .207.

Update: Francisco Liriano is returning home for a family matter. The Twins are considering skipping his next turn in the lineup, as they could use Monday’s off day and keep the other pitchers on regular rest. Part of that hinges on how the other starters do this weekend in Detroit.

Update: With Carmona, the Twins’ game plan hasn’t changed. They’ll try to make him throw strikes and not chase pitches out of the zone. His pitches have lots of movement, but he’s had trouble harnessing everything.

Meanwhile, Twins starter Nick Blackburn has allowed 31 hits over his past three starts, all losses, while walking just one. Of course, two of those came against the Angels.

“You can say too many strikes — the Angels like that because they’re contact hitters,” Manager Ron Gardenhire said. “They put it in play and found holes. We got them when they weren’t hitting balls at anybody.”

The Twins don’t want Blackburn to get away from what made him successful earlier in the year, pounding the zone with his sinker.

“He just has to not overthrow and sink it,” Gardenhire said.

TWINS (53-54)

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Orlando Cabrera, SS
3. Joe Mauer, DH
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Jason Kubel, LF
6. Michael Cuddyer, RF
7. Joe Crede, 3B
8. Mike Redmond, C
9. Alexi Casilla, 2B

Starting pitcher: RH Nick Blackburn (8-5, 3.83 ERA)

INDIANS (44-62)

1. Grady Sizemore, CF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Shin Soo Choo, RF
4. Jhonny Peralta, 3B
5. Travis Hafner, DH
6. Chris Gimenez, 1B
7. Luis Valbuena, 2B
8. Trevor Crowe, LF
9. Wyatt Toregas, C

Starting pitcher: RH Fausto Carmona (2-6, 7.13 ERA)

Progressive Field. First pitch: 11:05 a.m. (Central). No TV.

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