By Joe Christensen
DETROIT — Lineup now. Notes later.
Update: Glen Perkins will undergo an MRI exam on his left shoulder. He said it’s precautionary, but the Twins are moving forward without him in the rotation.
Manager Ron Gardenhire said Francisco Liriano likely will start Wednesday or Thursday. Anthony Swarzak and Brian Duensing are the candidates for the other start. So the rotation looks like this:
Tues vs. KC: Blackburn
Wed vs. KC: Liriano or Swarzak/Duensing
Thurs vs. KC: Liriano or Swarzak/Duensing
Fri vs. Cle: Pavano (facing his former team)
Sat vs. Cle: Baker
Sun vs. Cle: Blackburn
(*) Joe Crede said his right shoulder feels better again after his latest cortisone shot. With an off day Monday, sounds like the Twins will use Tuesday to have Crede go through batting practice, etc., with the hopes that he can return to the lineup Wednesday.
(*) As for today’s lineup, Gardenhire said Carlos Gomez’s left calf is fine, but he’s 0-for-5 with four career strikeouts against Jarrod Washburn. Brendan Harris is 6-for-13 against Washburn, and Gardenhire said Harris would have been the DH today if Joe Mauer wanted to catch again.
Mauer took the option to DH, moving Mike Redmond (4-for-13 off Washburn) into the lineup. Gardenhire also loved the way the infield looked in Saturday’s 11-0 victory over Justin Verlander. Gardy said he would have used the exact same lineup if it had worked out.
1. Denard Span, CF
2. Orlando Cabrera, SS
3. Joe Mauer, DH
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Michael Cuddyer, RF
6. Delmon Young, LF
7. Mike Redmond, C
8. Nick Punto, 3B
9. Alexi Casilla, 2B
Starting pitcher: RH Scott Baker (9-7, 4.59 ERA)
1. Curtis Granderson, CF
2. Placido Polanco, 2B
3. Marcus Thames, LF
4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
5. Carlos Guillen, DH
6. Magglio Ordonez, RF
7. Brandon Inge, 3B
8. Gerald Laird, C
9. Ramon Santiago, SS
Starting pitcher: LH Jarrod Washburn (8-7, 2.93 ERA)
Comerica Park. First pitch: 12:05 p.m. (Central). TV: Ch. 29, TBS.