By La Velle
8:40 p.m.:Moments after Nick Blackburn gave up a long home run to Corey Hart, Alexi Casilla came out of the game and was replaced by Nick Punto. We’re still wating to learn why, so we’ll let you know when we find out.
8:55 Update: Casilla has a sprained left middle finger. He dived into first base after getting a bunt hit in the third, then dived to his left to get Prince Fielder’s grounder in the fifth and came up wincing. He’s day-to-day.
The Twins are going for their 10th straight win. The Brewers have won 8 of 10. A crowd of 30,000 is expected at the Dome tonight to watch two of the hottest teams in baseball.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has what could turn into his standard lineup going tonight.
Update: Dennys Reyes is having a MRI on his right knee. He apparently tweaked it during his outing in San Diego and the Twins don’t want to take any chances with it. So Craig Breslow will get the call to try to shut down Prince Fielder in the eighth ininning tonight
Jason Kubel killed the ball today in b.p. He had fans in the upper deck in right scrambling for several long balls.
Carlos Gomez tried to kill the ball, didn’t and was getting so mad at himself that Tony Oliva had to calm him down.
Joe Vavra and Delmon Young were seen talking hitting, again. Hmm… Vavra said he watched tape of all of Young’s 2007 at-bats and he looks the same now as he did then. That, to me, sounds like pitch selection is the main problem. Opponents have him expanding the strike zone, so being more selective would help.
Brewers (43-35): 1. Rickie Weeks, 2B. 2. J.J. Hardy, SS. 3. Ryan Braun, LF. 4. Prince Fielder, DH. 5. Corey Hart, RF. 6. Russell Branyan, 3B. 7. Joe Dillon, 1B. 8. Mike Cameron, CF. 9. Jason Kendall, C. Pitching: Seth McClung.
Twins (43-36): 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. Brian Buscher, 3B. 9. Brendan Harris, SS. Pitching: Nick Blackburn.