Twins-Pittsburgh: No Mauer. Buscher grabs a bat.

Posted on June 18th, 2009 – 10:39 AM
By La Velle

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire will hold his presser in about 10 minutes. Here’s the Twins lineup. Will post updates  in about an hour.

Lefties are batting  .346 off of Zach Duke.

Update:  Gardenhire said the flu bug that Joe Mauer has been dealing with for the last week  just won’t go away, so he won’t start.   “It’s time,” said Gardenhire, who thought Mauer’s bat looked a little slow yesterday.

Both Gardenhire and pitching coach Rick Anderson think Francisco Liriano wasn’t that bad last night. Anderson noted that Liriano used his change up more as the game went on. Anderson’s next goal is get Liriano stay tall in his delivery and get a little more movement on his slider.

Just got word that Aaron Hicks, the Twins’ first round pick from last year’s draft, is headed to Class A Beloit.

Pirates (31-34)

1. Andrew McCutchen, CF
2. Nyjer Morgan, LF
3. Eric Hinske, DH
4. Adam LaRoche, 1B
5. Andy LaRoche, 3B
6. Brandon Moss, RF
7. Jason Jaramillo, C
8. Ramon Vazquez, 2B
9. Jack Wilson, SS

Twins (33-34)

1. Carlos Gomez, CF
2. Brendan Harris, 2B
3. Justin Morneau, 1B
4. Michael Cuddyer, RF
5. Jason Kubel, LF
6. Joe Crede, 3B
7. Brian Buscher, DH
8. Mike Redmond, C
9. Nick Punto, 2B

Pitching: Nick Blackburn

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