By La Velle
Nick Punto has run out to second base for the first inning. Alexi Casilla apparently is a late scratch but we’re waiting to learn why.
Twins lefthander Glen Perkins had a second MRI done on his shoulder. This time, dye was injected into the area to make it easier for doctors to detect any problems.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire indicated that it might take a few days before the club learns of the results of the latest exam. There’s no hurry anyway, since Perk already is on the DL.
Chatted with a former major leaguer who pointed out that Nick Blackburn didn’t throw inside enough last night. I was wondering the same thing. I know Rick Anderson is always harping on his staff to pitch in as well as out but they get into stretches when they get away from that. Sometimes I’ll be told after games that pitcher X tried to pitch inside but didn’t have the command to get it inside enough.
I don’t know. I would tell them to not be afraid to hit somebody once in awhile. But there are pitchers all over baseball who struggle to pitch inside effectively. It must be easier said than done. All I know is that if Iconoclast takes me deep on an outside pitch the first time up, he’s getting moved off the plate the second time up.
The Twins are on the field in their Saturday special unis for the annual team photo. If this photo was taken three weeks ago, Carl Pavano, O-Cab or Manship wouldn’t be in it.
Manship told us that he recently started to throw a slider to go with his fastball, curve and change. He said he learned it from Kevin Mulvey…
No sign of Bert Blyleven, who annually shows up to harass the team on this day.
Just found out that Joe Nathan has a twitter page JoeNathan36. He’s the first Twin I know who actively tweets. Justin Morneau has someone tweet for him, so he doesn’t count!
BTW, Kevin Slowey was moved to the 60-day DL to make room for Manship on the Twins’ 40-man roster.
Can’t believe the lineups are out…
1. David DeJesus, LF
2. Willie Bloomquist, 2B
3. Billy Butler, DH
4. Miguel Olivo, C
5. Alberto Callaspo, 3B
6. Mark Teahen, 1B
7. Mitch Maier, CF
8. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS
9. Josh Anderson, RF
Pitching: Brian Bannister, RHP
1. Denard Span, CF
2. Orlando Cabrera, SS
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Jason Kubel, DH
6. Michael Cuddyer, RF
7. Joe Crede, 3B
8. Delmon Young, LF
9. Alexi Casilla, 2B
Pitching: Francisco Liriano, LHP