Twins third baseman Joe Crede is a no-go today because of a stiff lower back. So the Twins will try to sweep the Cubs while down three regulars - Crede, Michael Cuddyer and Denard Span.
Matt Tolbert will start at third and bat leadoff, with Brendan Harris sliding down to fifth.
We’ll learn more after the game.
Back to the show….
I missed the naked bike ride.
Every year, a group of people take off their clothes, hop on their bikes and ride through downtown Chicago. I overheard some chatter about the ride at the ballpark yesterday but didn’t believe what I was hearing. But I met two female friends after Bluesfest and they excitedly showed me photos of bikers in the buff.
Wow. Twisted. Dangerous.
Putting the word naked in front of any verb usually spices up things, but I can’t grasp the concept of riding in the raw.
I was with a group of
12 14 people last night, including two friends from Cleveland, a couple firefighter buddies from Milwaukee and friends from the Twin Cities. Despite my activites, I woke right up at 6:30 this morning, dressed and headed for the park.
The corner of Clark and Addison sure showed the stress of imbibing baseball fans and other thrill-seekers from yesterday. Trash lined the curbs. Empty pizza boxes leaned against buildings as I headed south on Clark hoping that a diner I last went to 15 years ago was still operating. It was 8 a.m. but there were two guys sitting at the base of the Harry Carry statue and three blondes waiting by one of the gates of the ballpark.
Past the Cubby Bear and Bar Louie and across from Slugger’s, there it was: The Salt and Pepper Diner.
It was time for a little breakfast and to ponder the Twins roster move.
Jose Morales can hit. And the Twins needed a healthy body with Denard Span and Michael Cuddyer down. And there’s the manager’s concerns about not wearing out Joe Mauer.
N.L. games aside, if Morales catches and Mauer DH’s, it’s likely that Jason Kubel is on the bench. And if Kubel doesn’t have the chance to go KuBoom, I think it takes away from the overall potency of the lineup. Kubel’s got to play everyday. When he’s hot, the lineup sizzles.
But this issue will never go away. Mauer is one of the top five players in the game and will have to DH on days he needs to take it easy on his legs. There’s no getting around that. Can Kubel’s knees allow him to play the outfield every day. Doubt it. If he could, what does that mean for the other outfielders?
After failing to come to a conclusion on this Morales thing. I finished eating and walked a block over to the ballpark. The media enter through Gate G. As I walked through the gate, I spotted a film crew set up outside a Cubs apparel store. Suddenly, a women rushes out with Cubs flags in each hand, does a somersault and runs down concourse.
She was wearing a Cubs jersey. No. 22. The name DeGeneres on the back.
So I walked over to an official-looking man and asked him what was going on. The woman was a stunt double. They were filming something for Ellen’s show.
So that sums up the past 12 hours in Chicago. Headed to the clubhouse and will post lineups soon.
Update: Michael Cuddyer has left the club to see hand specialist Dr. Tom Varecka TODAY. The Twins might know more about his condition by the end of the game.
Heard class AA New Britain catcher Wilson Ramos jhas pulled a hammy and could be out three weeks.
The naked bike ride had a police escort.
The Cubs have just fired hitting coach Gerald Perry. According AP, they pulled him off the field during batting practice and canned him. Von Joshua is getting called up from the Iowa Cubs to replace him.
1. Matt Tolbert, 3B
2. Joe Mauer, C
3. Justin Morneau, 1B
4. Jason Kubel, RF
5. Brendan Harris, SS
6. Delmon Young, LF
7. Carlos Gomez, CF
8. Nick Punto, 2B
9. Scott Baker, RHP
1. Alfonso Soriano, LF
2. Kosuke Fukudome, CF
3. Milton Bradley, RF
4. Derek Lee, 1B
5. Geovany Soto, C
6. Mike Fontenot, 3B
7. Ryan Theriot, SS
8. Aaron Miles, 2B
9. Ted Lilly, LHP