Twins-Royals: Throwdown or letdown?

Posted on September 26th, 2008 – 4:18 PM
By La Velle

The Twins are coming off of one of the greatest regular-season games in recent years. Will they keep the pedal jammed on the floor against the improving Royals?

Will have updates later, and will get you posted on Indians lefty Cliff Lee. There’s word of him having a sore neck and being unable to pitch Sunday against the Sox.

Then again, Two wins by the Twins and two losses by the Sox, and it doesn’t matter.

 Update: The MRI on Kevin Slowey’s right wrist showed no major damage. The next step is to work the swelling or the soreness down and see how it feels when he tries to throw.

Slowey is holding out hope that he’ll quickly enough to throw in the bullpen and be available to pitch on Tuesday if needed. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, however, is being cautious and mentioned Nick Blackburn as a candidate to start Tuesday if that game is necessary.

Joe Mauer was nicked up by foul balls yesterday but said he’s good to go. It still will be interesting to see what Gardy does with Saturday’s lineup.

Kansas City’s David DeJesus could miss the series with a sore right hip flexor.

And, if you’re wondering if Cleveland isn’t motivated to beat Chicago this weekend, don’t be. Players from the 2005 team still remember how the Sox came to town at the end of that year and swept them to knock them from the playoffs – and Ozzie Guillen making a choking sign at them.

Here’s a preview story on the Sox-Tribe series.

Update; Brian Buscher left today’s game because of dizziness and was replaced by Brendan Harris.

Programming note: I will be a guest on Rosen’s Sports Sunday this week to break down the Twins’ furious finish. Please tune in.

Royals (73-86)

  1. Mike Aviles, SS
  2. Alberto Callaspo, 2B
  3. Jose Guillen, RF
  4. Ryan Shealy, 1B
  5. Mark Teahen, LF
  6. Billy Butler, DH
  7. Alex Gordon, 3B
  8. Miguel Olivo, C
  9. Mitch Maier, CF

Pitching: Kyle Davies

Twins (87-72)

  1. Denard Span, CF
  2. Alexi Casilla, 2B
  3. Joe Mauer, C
  4. Justin Morneau, 1B
  5. Jason Kubel, DH
  6. Delmon Young, LF
  7. Brian Buscher, 3B
  8. Nick Punto, SS
  9. Carlos Gomez, CF

Pitching: Francisco Liriano

Expected attendance: 35,000

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