By La Velle
Jose Mijares has been fined an undisclosed amount for throwing behind Adam Everett during Thursday’s game with the Tigers. Since the action occurred before the warning was issued, Mijares avoided a suspension.
But Jeremy Bonderman plunked Delmon Young after the warning was issued. So Bonderman was fined and suspended three games. Hitting coach Lloyd McClendon was fined and suspended one game, since he was running the team when the plunking occurred. Jim Lelyand and Gerald Laird were fined.
“By their own admission, their pitcher made a mistake,” Leyland said Friday to the Detroit Free Press. “I’m just sad to see the Tigers pay so much more for the mistake than the guy who made the mistake.”
Mijares said today that he felt bad about how he handled the situation and planned to apologize to the team before the game.
Brendan Harris is the DH today, probably because he had two hits and a sacrifice fly off Lenny DiNardo in Kansas City last Saturday.
Orlando Cabrera is 1-for-11 against DiNardo. Joe Mauer is 1-for-7.
About 45,000 fans are expected here tonight. Just saw Rod Carew outside the Twins clubhouse. It’s going to be an exciting night.
Update: Gardy said that Brian Duensing is available out of the bullpen tonight if needed. If he does pitch, Carl Pavano would probably start on Sunday.
“We’ve got to win three games,” he said. “That’s’ what we’re gonna try to do.”
Kansas City (65-94)
1. Willie Bloomquist, LF
2. Mitch Maier, CF
3. Billy Butler, 1B
4. Bryan Pena, DH
5. Alberto Callaspo, 2B
6. Mark Teahen, RF
7. Miguel Olivo, C
8. Alex Gordon, 3B
9. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS
Pitching: Lenny DiNardo, LHP 0-2, 7.52
1. Denard Span, CF
2. Orlando Cabrera, SS
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Jason Kubel, RF
5. Michael Cuddyer, 1B
6. Delmon Young, LF
7. Bredan Harris, DH
8. Matt Tolbert, 3B
9. Nick Punto, 2B
Pitching: Jeff Manship, RHP 0-1,5.81