Twins go for third straight road series win against The Fighting DeRosas

Posted on June 28th, 2009 – 11:28 AM
By La Velle

Haven’t seen St. Louis’ lineup but heard that newcomer Mark DeRosa is batting cleanup and playing left.

I’m wound up over the little spat between the Twins’ Michael Cuddyer and Cardinals’ Yadier Molina yesterday. Cuddyer could have cleaned Molina’s clock on the play at the plate but decided just to make sure there’s no tag on him and throw to first to get Mike Redmond. So Cuddyer slid into home plate.

Now….Molina is wearing all the gear. He has his catcher’s mask on. He even dropped a forearm on Cuddyer as he slid in (there on marks on Cuddyer to prove it). Cuddyer’s head bangs off the ground. And Molina still complains to Cuddyer about sliding into his knees?

Cuddyer should have told Molina to stuff it – but I think the home plate umpire jumped in to make sure the talk never got to that point.

Even Cards manager Tony LaRussa said after the game that the Twins don’t play dirty.

I had calmed down until about an hour ago, when I asked Gardenhire the following question:

Me: “No Cuddyer at second today?”

Gardenhire: “You want him to be a dart board?”

The manager is concerned that someone with the Cardinals might want to support their teammate with a hard slide into Cuddyer during today’s game. LaRussa is the biggest retaliator in the history of the game (does anyone pitch inside to Albert Pujols?). I still would have given Cuddyer a shot. I remember a few years ago when Eric Munson tried to take Cuddyer out on a double play ball and ended up in the trainer’s room.

Anyway…

This is a big outing for Liriano. The Twins need to win this series. And he needs to stay in the rotation…. 

Lineups

Twins (38-38)

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Brendan Harris, SS
3, Joe Mauer, C
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5 Jason Kubel, LF
6. Michael Cuddyer, RF
7. Joe Crede, 3B
8. Matt Tolbert, 2B
9. Francisco Liriano, LHP

Cardinals (41-35)

1. Skip Schumaker, 2B
2. Khalil Greene, 3B
3. Albert Pujols, 1B
4. Mark DeRosa, LF
5. Ryan Ludwick, RF
6. Rick Ankiel, CF
7. Jason LaRue, C
8. Joel Pineiro, RHP
9. Tyler Greene, SS

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