Twins-Rays: First of three from The Trop

Posted on May 29th, 2009 – 3:12 PM
By La Velle

Scott Baker pitched 8.1 innings in his last outing and will try to back it up as the Twins try to improve their awful road record. 

Here’s the Twins’ lineup. Will update later.

Update: Nick Punto’s sore groin muscle is still sore, and manager Ron Gardenhire isn’t happy that he doesn’t have a backup middle infielder. He indicated that he might explore a temporary solution.

Punto said he needs a couple more days – and that the errant throws he’s made recently are because of the groin.

Boof Bonser and Pat Neshek are with the team this weekend, a little escape from the monotony that is rehabbing in Fort Myers, Fla. Neshek, out for the year because of Tommy John surgery, is doing long toss drills every other day. Bonser is ahead of schedule in his comeback from shoulder surgery. More on that later.

 Carlos Gomez is 4-for-6 against James Shields, so he’s in there tonight.

Watch out for Jason Kubel, he’s 7-for-12 with a homer off of Shields.

Mauer at The Trop: .417, 3 homers.

Morneau at The Trop; .317, 3 homers.

Twins (24-25) 

1, Denard Span, LF
2. Joe Mauer, C
3. Justin Morneau, 1B
4. Jason Kubel, DH
5. Michael Cuddyer, RF
6. Joe Crede, 3B
7. Brendan Harris, SS
8. Matt Tolbert, 2B
9. Carlos Gomez, CF
Pitching: Scott Baker

Rays (23-27)

1. B.J. Upton, CF
2. Carl Crawford, LF
3. Evan Longoria, 3B
4. Carlos Pena, 1B
5. Willy Aybar, DH
6. Ben Zobrist, 2B
7. Gabe Gross, RF
8. Dioner Navarro, C
9. Reid Brignac, SS

Pitching: James Shields  

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