Saturday lineups: Twins/Rangers

Posted on August 29th, 2009 – 1:12 PM
By Joe Christensen

The Twins designated pitcher R.A. Dickey for assignment today, making room on their 40-man roster for the signing of lefthanded reliever Ron Mahay.

The Twins now have 10 days to either trade Dickey or pass him through waivers. The Mahay signing is now official. I’ll have more updates later from the Metrodome.

Update: Apologies for such a dry pregame post, but have been poking around on the trade front, trying to sort through the information.

We checked, and there is no truth to the rumor that the Twins agreed to send Rene Tosoni and B.J. Hermsen to Chicago for Harden. It seemed possible because Hermsen pitched only one inning yesterday for the GCL Twins, but that team wanted several pitchers to get work, in preparation for the playoffs. Tosoni is in the lineup tonight for Class AA New Britain.

I keep telling myself to stop chasing rumors from our comment sections and Twitter, but I’ll take any tip I can get. Just wish people would have the decency not to send us on wild goose chases.

Major league officials are so careful when discussing waiver claims, we still haven’t had anybody confirm that the Twins are the team that has the claim on Harden, as ESPN Chicago is reporting. That said, nobody has denied it either.

I’m piecing together an update for the notebook. Meanwhile, RHP Jon Rauch is here, wearing No. 60, and LHP Ron Mahay is here, wearing No. 37 (Big Sweat’s old number).

“We’ve told them just be prepared to pitch,” Manager Ron Gardenhire said. “It doesn’t matter what inning. It can be anywhere from the sixth through the ninth, and it could be the fourth.”

Update: I’ve spoken to two people close to Harden today and neither expects him to get traded to the Twins. As of Saturday afternoon, the Cubs had yet to open a window for the Twins to negotiate a long-term contract extension with Harden — at least to the knowledge of anyone in the Harden camp.

It is possible the Twins would make a trade without the promise of an extension because Harden will be a Type A free agent, which would guarantee a team two compensation picks in the 2010 draft if he leaves. It’s possible, but my guess is this deal won’t happen.

RANGERS (71-56)

1. Julio Borbon, DH
2. Michael Young, 3B
3. Josh Hamilton, RF
4. Marlon Byrd, CF
5. Ian Kinsler, 2B
6. David Murphy, LF
7. Ivan Rodriguez, C
8. Chris Davis, 1B
9. Omar Vizquel, SS

Starting pitcher: RH Scott Feldman (13-4, 3.87 ERA)

TWINS (64-64)

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

Starting pitcher: RH Carl Pavano (11-9, 5.20 ERA)

Metrodome. First pitch: 6:10 p.m. TV: FSN

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