By La Velle
The tarp is on the field. Rain is coming down.
Blame Joe Nathan.
Somehow, a set of bongos appeared in the clubhouse this morning. Nathan grabbed them and began to pound out a song.
“Is it raining yet?” he wondered.
Soon, Nick Punto and Matt Guerrier began their version of a rain dance.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire walked out of his office and said, “there’s no need for a rain dance. Perry (Castellano, the strength and conditioning coordinator) said we’re going to play. So we’re going to get our work in!”
But now it’s raining.
The game is sold out and is being televised in the Twin Cities. And the Cardinals have ALL their regulars here. One media member who attended Michigan State (it shouldn’t be hard to figure who that is) is rooting for a washout because the Spartans are on at 2:20 pm EST.
My guess is that we will wait the rain out.
Update: The plan is to pull the tarp up at 1:00-1:10 CST. It should take 30 minutes to prepare the field. So first pitch could be 1:35ish, Central. Plans can always change….
Update: The tarp is coming off!!! But this crew needs an hour to get the field ready, Estimated first pitch: 2: 00.
Update III: Joe Crede and Justin Morneau have been scratched. Brendan Harris and Brian Buscher have taken their places in the lineup. No reason was given for the changes – but they usually announce injuries.
Update IV: The Cardinals have moved Skip Shumaker to the leadoff spot and Joe Mather to the No. 9 hole. I have no idea why. It’s LaRussa….
Not much news this morning. Joe Mauer spoke with the media briefly and said he feels the best he has all spring. He’s still only up to playing catch – they want to slowly build him up to more activities. Expect him to miss a month of the regular season – then be pleasantly surprised if he comes back before that.
1. Joe Mather, DH
2. Rick Ankiel, CF
3. Albert Pujols,. 1B
4. Ryan Ludwick, RF
5. Khalil Green, SS
6. Chris Duncan, LF
7. Yadier Molina, C
8. David Freese, 3B
9. Skip Shumaker, 2B
Pitching: Chris Carpenter
1. Carlos Gomez, CF
2. Alexi Casilla, 2B
Joe Crede Brendan Harris, 3B
Justin Morneau Brian Buscher, 1B
5. Jason Kubel, DH
6. Michael Cuddyer, RF
7. Delmon Young, LF
8. Mike Redmond, C
9. Nick Punto, SS
Pitching: Kevin Slowey. R.A, Dickey and Jose Mijares also in line to pitch.