By Joe Christensen
The Twins did not make a trade or sign a free agent today, team officials said, meaning there will be no new additions before tonight’s deadline to have players in the organization for potential playoff rosters.
This also means they’ll proceed with Nick Blackburn, Jeff Manship and Brian Duensing starting the next three games against the White Sox.
Previously, the Twins added shortstop Orlando Cabrera and pitchers Carl Pavano, Jon Rauch and Ron Mahay. But Brad Penny is reportedly signing with the Giants, and the Cubs are reportedly holding onto Rich Harden.
Lineups and updates to come.
Update: The Rays defeated the Tigers 11-7 today, so by night’s end, the Twins will be within four games of first place, or the White Sox will be back within five.
Update: Joe Crede laughed off the retirement talk today. After a second epidural, he said he’ll see where he’s at in about three or four days but hopes to be there for the stretch drive. He also wants to play next year and beyond. (More on that in the notebook.)
Manager Ron Gardenhire said there are no immediate plans to promote anybody from Class AAA Rochester, even though active rosters can expand Tuesday. Matt Tolbert has a knee injury, Brian Buscher has a thumb injury, and Anthony Swarzak struggled in Sunday’s start for the Red Wings. Those three could help the Twins eventually, though, too.
Why did the Twins pass on Penny? Let’s just say I’m hearing Penny’s people made it very clear that he wanted to pitch in the National League.
That’s OK. Manship wants to be here. He’s looking forward to making his first major league start Tuesday.
“Absolutely,” he said. “Hopefully I can stick in this role.”
Update: Ozzie Guillen can’t wait to leave the Metrodome, of course. Twins are running a “Countdown to outdoor baseball” in left field. It’s at 15 now, and Guillen wants to be there when it counts down from 13 (his number) to 12 on Wednesday. I guess Guillen said something about piranhas turning into sardines next year in the cold. Good stuff. La Velle will have more for first editions.
Update: One move the Twins could make with rosters expanding is activating Glen Perkins from the disabled list. General Manager Bill Smith said Perkins faced hitters for one inning Saturday (in Florida) and is not scheduled to face more hitters down there. Asked if that meant Perkins would be activated, Smith said, “We’ll let you know.”
Update: The Twins just announced that they are activating Glen Perkins from the DL and optioning him to Rochester. So there you have it.
WHITE SOX (64-67)
1. Scott Podsednik, LF
2. Gordon Beckham, 3B
3. A.J. Pierzynski, C
4. Paul Konerko, 1B
5. Jim Thome, DH
6. Jermaine Dye, RF
7. Alex Rios, CF
8. Alexei Ramirez, SS
9. Jayson Nix, 2B
Starting pitcher: LH John Danks (12-8, 3.82 ERA)
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 Nick Blackburn (11-9, 5.20 ERA)
Metrodome. First pitch: 7:10 p.m. TV: FSN
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