By La Velle
So much for the Twins being at full strength.
Joe Crede has just been scratched from the lineup with a stiff lower back. The Twins said the move was made as a precausion.
Brian Buscher will play third and bat seventh in place of Crede.
Back to our program….
Sorry this is late. I chatted up the coaching staff for a long time before the game, trying to solve baseball’s problems. Then I ran into a couple scouts in the pressbox. The White Sox scout is here doing advance work for their series at the Dome, and I know him fairly well.
With the help of the talented Twins PR maven Dustin Morse, we have concluded that this is the most important game in the history of the franchise.
It started when we were trying to figure out the last time manager Ron Gardenhire had his best 25 players healthy. Denard Span was out from June 9 until last Thursday. By then, Nick Punto was battling sore ribs. Going back further, Alexi Casilla was up.
Over the last month, the Twins have had to make to deal with Casilla and Jesse Crain demoted, Punto, Span and Glen Perkins on the DL and Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau and Joe Crede needing days off for various problems. This was written before Joe Crede was scratched from today’s lineup.
Despite all of this, the Twins are 14-11 this month. “A win today ensures a winning month,” Morse said.
“And a winning road trip,” I added.
Then we both remembered that the Twins have never been two games over .500. And they are 39-38 going into tonight’s game.
A winning June. A winning trip. The high water mark for the season. So much on the line. The tension is building!
O.K., I’m hamming it up. But a win tonight would mean a lot.
Punto is back in the lineup, but Gardenhire warned that if he has any problems, he’s headed for the disabled list.
1. Denard Span, CF
2. Brendan Harris, SS
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Jason Kubel, DH
6. Michael Cuddyer, RF
Joe Crede Brian Buscher, 3B
8. Delmon Young, LF
9. Nick Punto, 2B
Nick Blackburn, RHP
1. David DeJesus, LF
2. Willie Bloomquist, RF
3. Billy Butler, 1B
4. Mike Jacobs, DH
5. Mark Teahen, 3B
6. Alberto Callaspo, 2B
7. Miguel Olivo, C
8. Mitch Maier, CF
9. Tony Pena, Jr., SS
Luke Hochevar, RHP