From Kauffman Stadium: Twins/Royals

Posted on September 26th, 2009 – 2:57 PM
By Joe Christensen

KANSAS CITY, MO. — The Twins are 10-1 in their past 11 games, and Scott Baker takes the mound tonight against the Royals, opposite lefthander Lenny DiNardo.

On paper, this looks like another mismatch, much like last Sunday’s matchup between Baker and Tigers lefty Nate Robertson. Of course, the Twins lost that one, so nothing can be taken for granted. The pressure on the Twins to win tonight is even greater because they’re facing Royals superstar Zack Greinke, countering with embattled lefty Francisco Liriano.

(*) Brendan Harris is getting the start at DH tonight, with Jose Morales on the bench. On Friday, Manager Ron Gardenhire said he likes Morales better as a left-handed hitter, and while he does like Morales as a righty, as well, he likes giving Harris a chance against lefthanded pitchers.

Harris is batting .301 against lefties (43-for-143). In a much smaller sample size, Morales is batting .412 against lefties (7-for-17).

(*) With David DeJesus sick and Mark Teahen battling back issues, the Royals are without two of their regulars again tonight. That’s in addition to others on the DL, including Coco Crisp and Jose Guillen.

Update: Gardenhire said he’s tentatively planning to have Morales catch Liriano on Sunday, allowing Joe Mauer to DH.

TWINS (80-73)

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Orlando Cabrera, SS
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Jason Kubel, RF
5. Michael Cuddyer, 1B
6. Delmon Young, LF
7. Brendan Harris, DH
8. Matt Tolbert, 3B
9. Nick Punto, 2B

Starting pitcher: RH Scott Baker (13-9, 4.43 ERA)

ROYALS (63-91)

1. Willie Bloomquist, RF
2. Mitch Maier, LF
3. Billy Butler, 1B
4. Mike Jacobs, DH
5. Alberto Callaspo, 2B
6. Brayan Pena, C
7. Alex Gordon, 3B
8. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS
9. Josh Anderson, CF

Starting pitcher: LH Lenny DiNardo (0-1, 8.22 ERA)

Kauffman Stadium. First pitch: 6:10 p.m. TV: FSN

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