On Deck: Twins-Tigers, Slowey-Miller, Neal-Gammons, Gladden-Girardi

Posted on June 30th, 2007 – 1:39 PM
By La Velle

It’s a media madhouse here at Comerica Park. FOX is televising the game, so Dick Stockton and Joe Girardi are here. ESPN is televising Sunday’s game, so Peter Gammons is here. I’m stepping over cables and dodging crazed technicians who are moving equipment all over the place.

All of this to watch two rookies who have the huge task of pitching in a playoff race.

I was impressed with how the Twins let Justin Verlander walk the park last night (they’ve been known to chase bad pitches). It had me thinking that they just may be ready to take off.

Then I realized that there’s kryptonite on the mound tonight.

Andrew Miller is left-handed and has never faced the Twins. That combination has led to disaster for this club. And Miller throws 95. Pack a lunch.

Jeff Cirillo is in the lineup tonight, baseball’s version of the nickel back who comes in on passing downs – or, in this case, left-handed situations. The problem is, he’s playing first base, and there’s not a lot of Mientkiewiczian moxie to the way he plays out there.

Things are relaxed in the clubhouse. Justin Morneau is charging up his new iPhone. Gardy is ripping his kid, Toby.

Toby recently caught in a game for Class A Fort Myers because of a body shortage. When asked about it, the manager replied: “It was to so he could see what he can’t hit.” Ouch!

Toby, this isn’t the first time your old man has opened up on you. You’ve got to come off that .203 average.

And that’s all for today’s show. The lineups:

Twins: 1. Castillo, 2B. 2. Bartlett, SS. 3. Mauer, C. 4. Cuddyer, RF. 5. Morneau, DH. 6. Hunter, CF. 7. Cirillo. 1B. 8. Ford, LF. 9. Punto, 3B. Pitching: Slowey.

Tigers: 1. Granderson, CF. 2. Polanco, 2B. 3. Casey, 1B. 4. Ordonez, RF. 5. Guillen, SS. 6. I-Rod, C. 7. Monroe, LF. 8. Thames, DH. 9. Infante, 3B. Pitching: Miller.


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