By La Velle
I know this is short notice, but Ron Gardenhire is a guest today on, `Pardon the Interruption,’ that airs at 4:30 – or about 15 minutes from when I started writing this.
Massive lineup changes today against Nate Robertson, although lefties are hitting .317 against him (righties are at .297). Nick Punto is better against lefties than righties, so I’m guessing that’s what he’s in. I thought that Mauer would play today then get tomorrow and the off-day on Thursday to chill. Shows how dangerous it is to try to think along with the manager.
No Miguel Cabrera, whose battling a strained hip flexor.4
4:41 Update: Just found out that Tigers manager Jim Leyland, during his pre-game presser, expressed how he was convinced that Glen Perkins intentionally threw at Carlos Guillen. I try to post a quote later.
I don’t think there will be any carryover from yesterday, but I expect the league office to have something to say.
6:01 Update: Here’s part of what Leyland said: “We thought Guillen had been thrown at,” Leyland said. “Only we threw ours low, and they threw theirs high _ right at a guy’s head, and it went all the way to the backstop on the fly. So that’s my message.”
Gardy’s reponse: “You know what, you throw at a good hitter, you knock him down or come at his lips, you’re going to get something back. But you shouldn’t get two somethings back. We got two somethings back.”
By the way, Leyland apparently aired out Miguel Cabrera for his defense before taking him out of the game yesterday. Few here believe Cabrera is injured.
Tigers (42-40): 1. Curtis Granderson, CF. 2. Placido Polanco, 2B. 3. Carlos Guillen, 3B. 4. Marcus Thames, 1B. 5. Matt Joyce, RF. 6. Gary Sheffield, DH. 7. Clete Thomas, LF. 8. Edgar Renteria, SS. 9. Ivan Rodriguez, C. Pitching: Nate Robertson.
Twins (45-38): 1. Carlos Gomez, CF. 2. Alexi Casilla, 2B. 3. Mike Redmond, C. 4. Justin Morneau, 1B. 5. Craig Monroe, DH. 6. Delmon Young, LF. 7. Brendan Harris, SS. 8. Nick Punto, 3B. 9. Denard Span, RF. Pitching: Scott Baker.