Twins-Rays: Pregame

Posted on April 27th, 2009 – 2:41 PM
By La Velle

I’m at the tables tonight while Joe C. gets some down time. 

Twins relievers enter tonight’s game on a run of 10.0 scoreless innings and have posted a 2.45 ERA over their past seven games.

Justin Morneau is batting .358 with two homers and seven RBI over his past 12 games.

The Twins four save opportunities are tied for the fewest in baseball.

Lineups are not out yet. Repeat, the lineups are NOT available at the moment. Check back later.

3:58 P.M. UPDATE: Here’s the Twins’. Still waiting for the Rays.

5:20 UPDATE: Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said before the game that he would prefer to keep the hot-hitting Jose Morales on the roster even when Joe Mauer comes off the DL, as expected, on Friday. While it would be hard to carry three catchers on the roster, “it’s not impossible,” he said.

We’ll see. A lot of things can happen between now and Friday that could make it easier for Morales to stick around.  It’s not uncommon for someone to break down right when a roster move is about to happen.

Carlos Gomez will leave the team tomorrow for Florida, where his wife will have labor induced. He’ll re-join the team on Friday.

Jesse Crain played catch today and is expected to throw in the bullpen in a couple days. The Twins hope to activate Crain, out with a sore shoulder, on Sunday but could give Crain extra time if he needs it.

Rays (7-12)

1. B.J. Upton, CF
2. Carl Crawford, LF
3. Evan Longoria, 3B
4. Carlos Pena, 1B
5. Pat Burrell, DH
6. Gabe Gross, RF
7. Dioner Navarro, C
8. Akinori Iwamura, 2B
9. Jason Bartlett, SS

Pitcher: Jeff Niemann

Twins (9-10)

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Alexi Casilla, 2B
3. Justin Morneau, 1B
4. Jason Kubel, DH
5. Joe Crede, 3B
6. Michael Cuddyer, RF
7. Delmon Young, LF
8. Jose Morales, C
9. Nick Punto, SS

Pitching: Scott Baker

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