By La Velle
The Twins activated Nick Punto from the disabled list and designated Howie Clark for assignment.
Punto was immediately inserted as the starting shortstop tonight – but I wouldn’t be surprised if Twins manager Ron Gardenhire sticks with him there for awhile.
Gardy values defense up the middle over offense, and Brendan Harris missed two plays in the field during Friday’s loss to the Yanks. I’m getting wind that Punto and Alexi Casilla will remain up the middle while Brendan Harris splits time at third with Mike Lamb.
All Gardy would say on the record before the game that he’s, “open to anything,” when asked if Harris is going to get playing time at third.
Boof Bonser is on the hill here. Scott Baker is on the hill at Fort Myers. Check in on the game here. Needless to say, this is a massive start for Boof.
Bombers (27-27): 1. Johnny Damon, LF. 2. Derek Jeter, SS. 3. Bobby Abreu, RF. 4. A-Rod, 3B. 5. Hideki Matsui, DH. 6. Jason Giambi, 1B. 7. Robinson Cano, 2B. 8. Jose Molina, C. 9. Melky Cabrera, CF. Pitching: Wang.
Twins (28-26): 1. Carlos Gomez, CF. 2. Alexi Casilla, 2B. 3. Joe Mauer, C. 4. Justin Morneau, 1B. 5. Michael Cuddyer, RF. 6. Jason Kubel, DH. 7. Delmon Young, LF. 8. Mike Lamb, 3B. 9. Nick Punto, SS. Pitching: Boof.