Twins-Reds: Notes and Lineups

Posted on February 26th, 2009 – 11:57 AM
By La Velle

Joe Crede told me this morning that he’s ready to make his Twins debut on Friday against the Yankees. Crede reported to camp on Sunday after agreeing to a free agent deal but needed a few days to get game-fit. “I’m just about ready,” he said.

Steve Tolleson’s strained oblique muscle has improved, but the Twins will continue to take it easy with him.

As you saw in today’s ink editions, it doesn’t look like the Twins will land free agent reliever Juan Cruz. I’m getting those indications by people on both sides of the issue right now, so unless there’s an amazing change in approach, the Twins will look elsewhere for bullpen help.

I was almost run over by a Jeep Wrangler in the parking lot this morning as I rushed to make a 7 a.m. interview. That’s a little bit of an exaggeration, but the Jeep did throw some dirt on me as I heard Al Green music blaring. The Jeep stopped…and out came Gardy.

“I could have taken your door off,” Gardy barked at me while grinning. The man is always fired up.

Lineups

Twins: 1. Span, LF. 2., Gomez, CF. 3. Harris. 3B. 4. Buscher, 3B. 5. Matos, RF. 6. Dustin Martin, DH. 7. Tolbert, 2B. 8. Jose Morales, C. 9 .Plouffe, SS. Pitching: Blackburn.

Reds: 1. Wily Taveras, CF. 2. Hariston, SS. 3. Votto, 1B. 4. Phillips, 2B. 5. JAY BRUCE, RF. 6. Twins spring training killer Edwin Encarnacion, 3B. 7.  Laynce Nix, LF. 8. Ramon Hernandez, C.  9. Keppinger, DH. Pitching: Owings.

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