By La Velle
Twins catcher Mike Redmond left the game in the first inning after he was hit in the head during Jim Thome’s follow-through.
[UPDATE] Redmond is at the park receiving stitches. He’s listed as day-to-day. Never seen so much happen to one guy. Calamity Mike, I’ll start to call him….
Thome, who had his bat slip completely out of this hands earlier in the at-bat, fouled off a 1-2 pitch from Matt Garza and lost control of his bat again. The bat whipped around and struck Redmond in the back of the head, causing him to crumble to the ground.
Redmond remained alert, but a cut on the back of his head began bleeding. He was down for a few moments before leaving the game. Check here later for updates.
It forced the Twins to move Joe Mauer from designated hitter to catcher, forcing Garza to bat in the eight-hole.
The Twins’ record for combined runs in a game is 35, set in 1996 against Detroit. So they were one off.
Mauer will DH, but he has a slightly sore back.
Castillo will play despite hobbling through the clubhouse.
Baker had bad mechanics and didn’t have his best stuff, he and Gardy said.
Can’t believe how fast the Sox have the park cleaned up. They used brooms instead of those bloody blowers. That should be a hint.
Looks like Torii will only be fined and not suspended for his outburst on Tuesday.
Rondell White played all nine innings today for the Gulf Coast League team.
Watch out for Cintron at short in Game 2. He just recovered from a sore elbow but still isn’t throwing well. And he made a throwing error from second in Game 1.
Traffic and weather on the 8′s
Twins: 1. Castillo, 2B. 2. Bartlett, SS. 3. Mauer, DH. 4. Cuddyer, RF. 5. Morneau, 1B. 6. Hunter, CF. 7. Kubel, LF. 8. Redmond, C. 9. Punto, 3B. Pitching: Matt Garza.
White Sox. 1. Owens, CF. 2. Iguchi, 2B. 3. Thome, DH. 4. Konerko, 1B. 5. A.J., C. 6. Dye, RF. 7. Mackowiak, LF. 8. Fields, 3B. Cintron, SS. Pitching: Gavin Floyd.