Twins-A’s: Crede is back. Mauer in the two hole. Slowey to battle pain.

Posted on July 21st, 2009 – 7:27 PM
By La Velle

Joe Crede said his shoulder felt a lot better this morning so he back in the lineup.

Joe Mauer is in the No. 2 hole. After watching everyone not named Mauer fail in that spot – and Justin Morneau drive in seven runs in that spot yesterday, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire decided to give it another shot.

The hope is that Nick Punto and Alexi Casilla will relax and produce to the point where the bottom of the order isn’t a series of speed bumps.

Denard Span is getting a night off after not looking too hot at the plate lately. He’s 2-for-18 on the road trip.

Kevin Slowey told me he’s prepared to battle pain in his wrist the rest of the season as long as it doesn’t affect his pitching. Communication with the trainers will be key. All Gardenhire wants is assurances that Slowey won’t hurt his shoulder or elbow while fighting through the wrist problem. This will be interesting to watch.

Give Slowey props for wanting to suck it up.  But this seems to be a tad risky. Good thing he’s not a power pitcher, I guess – although thylos is exactly right about the breaking balls….


Twins (47-46)

1. Carlos Gomez, CF
2. Joe Mauer, C
3. Justin Morneau, 1B
4. Michael Cuddyer, RF
5. Jason Kubel, DH
6. Joe Crede, 3B
7. Delmon Young, LF
8. Nick Punto, SS
9. Alexi Casilla, 2B

Pitching: Anthony Swarzak, RHP

Oakland (39-52)

1. Adam Kennedy, 3B
2. Orlando Cabrera, SS
3. Scott Hairston, CF
4. Matt Holliday, LF
5. Jack Cust, DH
6. Kurt Suzuki, C
7. Daric Barton, 1B
8. Ryan Sweeney, RF
9.  Mark Ellis, 2B

Pitching: Dallas Braden, LHP

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