Twins-Rangers: Kubel in, Morneau out. And he’s no longer Baby Jesus, just call him St. Joe

Posted on August 19th, 2009 – 5:08 PM
By La Velle

Jason Kubel’s left knee felt good enough for him to be in tonight’s starting lineup. Justin Morneau, however, continues to battle an ear infection. Gardenhire is going to give Morneau another day to see if his condition improves. No one wants to see him land on the disabled list, and Gardenhire is trying to be as patient as he can.

Joe Mauer woke up today trailing only Albert Pujols in OPS. And, if you haven’t watched ESPN today, here’s the following note:

Mauer, with a .383 average and 25 homers, is one of five players to bat at least .380 with at least 25 homers this late in the season. The others: Ted Williams (1941 and 1957), Joe DiMaggio (1939), Lou Gehrig (1930 and 1936) and Babe Ruth (1931).

What Mauer is doing right now is sick.

He’s added 30 points to his batting average in the last 16 games. And while the Twins might not even finish .500 this season, Mauer (and Morneau) will be THE drawing card at the Dome in September.

As I wrote in today’s story, he….is…..on….everything….right….now.

And he won’t come out of the lineup. Gardenhire mentioned to him a couple days ago that it might be time for a break. Mauer looked at him and replied, “I’m good.”

Remember the arcade basketball game in which your player would turn on fire if he hit three straight shots. Mauer is in flames right now.

Forget about the season. Ignore where he might play in 2011. Enjoy the ride. 

Lineups

Twins (57-62)

1. Denard Span, RF
2. Orlando Cabrera, SS
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Jason Kubel, DH
5. Michael Cuddyer, 1B
6. Joe Crede, 3B
7. Delmon Young, LF
8. Carlos Gomez, CF
9. Nick Punto, 2B

Pitching: Scott Baker

Rangers (67-51)

1. Julio Borborb, DH
2. Michael Young, 3B
3. Josh Hamilton, RF
4. Marlon Byrd, CF
5. David Murphy, LF
6. Ian Kinsler, 2B
7. Hank Blalock, 1B
8. Pudge, C
9. Elvis Andrus, SS

Pitching: Kevin Millwood, RHP

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