Twins try to sock it to the Sox and beat Mark Buehrle for the third straight time.

Posted on September 2nd, 2009 – 12:04 PM
By La Velle

Sorry this is late. Gardy’s session ran long, then I had a session with my baseball editor, the dangerous Dennis Brackin.

Francisco Liriano threw in the bullpen before the game and felt great. He told pitching coach Rick Anderson that his arm feels better than it did in spring training.

No word on when Glen Perkins will pitch for Class AAA Rochester.

A lot of talk about Jose Morales before the game. Gardy said Morales’ defense, his throwing and footwork, has improved some but he still has work to do. Gardy added that in a pinch – like an extra-inning game when the bench is empty, Morales could play in the field. That won’t happen very often.

So it’s no surprise that Mike Redmond is catching today while Joe Mauer is the DH. Gardy said Mauer will get a full day off sometime during the next road trip.

The Twins are facing Mark Buehrle for the fifth time this season. Buehrle won the first two meetings but the Twins scored 13 runs off him in the next two meetings.  Red Dog, by the way, is batting .457 against Buehrle.

To get Jim Souhan off my back, I’m mentioning here that he can be read on Twitter @SouhanStrib

Lineups

White Sox (64-69)

1. Scott Podsednik, DH
2. Gordon Beckham, 3B
3. Paul Konerko, 1B
4. Jermaine Dye, RF
5. Carlos Quentin, LF
6. Alexei Ramirez, SS
7. Alex Rios, CF
8. Jayson Nix, 2B
9. Ramon Castro, C

Pitching: Mark Buehrle, LHP

Twins (67-65)

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Orlando Cabrera, SS
3. Joe Mauer, DH
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5, Jason Kubel. LF
6. Michael Cuddyer, RF
7. Brendan Harris, 3B
8. Mike Redmond, C
9. Nick Punto, 2B

Pitching: Brian Duensing, LHP

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