Midday update

Posted on September 23rd, 2009 – 12:05 PM
By La Velle

I checked in with Denard Span after last night’s game. He was able to get some running in before the game and felt he was slowly coming around after being beaned on Monday.

Span said there were times during Tuesday’s game when he felt like he was close to normal. Then he would feel foggy again. He said he was up and down like that throughout the game. So it will be interesting to see how he feels when the clubhouse opens this afternoon.

The Twins could use Span tonight. He’s 10-for-20 against Buehrle, including four hits in his last four plate appearances against him.

It wouldn’t surprise me if he’s out again tonight. Two games off, then an off day. Then fire him out against the Royals.

Cuddyer sizzling

Michael Cuddyer is batting .347 with 5 homers and 17 RBI over his past 13 games.  But his numbers against White Sox lefty John Danks are – to steal a phrase from a bad movie – mind-bottling.

He’s batting .533 with 5 homers and 11 RBI against Danks with a 1.730 on base-plus-slugging percentage. In 30 at-bats!

Danks threw up his arms Tuesday after Cuddyer homered off of him again.

“Cuddyer owns me,” Danks said. “I should just walk him every time he comes up. I’m at a loss for words. He’s a heck of a player. For whatever reason, those guys got something on me or I just serve up cookies.”

Zack Greinke watch

In addition to facing the Twins on Sunday, KC ace Zack Greinke is expected to start for the Royals on Oct. 3, the final regular season game at the Dome. There might be a couple things on the line in that game.

This and that

Matt Tolbert has two career homers, both at U.S. Cellular Field. “Both in the same spot,” he said.

Joe Mauer is a .212 hitter against Mark Buehrle, tonight’s starter.

Gardy’s quote about Francisco Liriano’s relief outing: “Joe Mauer said it was the best the ball has come out of his hand in a long time.” That suggests that Liriano could start Sunday against the Royals. I made fun of it on my Twitter page when I tweeted that Liriano was trying to make a Vincent Chase-like comeback. But he just might get a chance to emerge from the Medellin stage of his career.

The White Sox are falling apart. Closer Bobby Jenks said yesterday that he popped a calf muscle during pre-game work and is done for the year.

Watching Libya leader Mohmmar Gadhafi’s address to the United Nations as I write this. If he didn’t have any power, his revisionist history and conspiracy theories would be pretty funny. He talked about the JFK assassination and swine flu, called President Obama his son and tossed the UN charter at someone. You can’t make this stuff up….

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