By La Velle
Delmon Young showed a different side during the post-game presser when he was asked if his father, Larry, was at the game to see his grand slam and 5 RBI.
“Yeah, I wish my mom could have seen it, too,” Young said.
Young’s mother died early in the season after a battle with cancer. And you never know how that affects someone (full disclosure: my father died of lung cancer and my mother died of colon cancer). But the consensus among the working press is that Delmon has been a little more engaging as the season has gone on.
On the field, his bat has been a little more engaging too, and I’m sure the Twins will take any production they can get.
Joe Mauer: I asked Gardy after the game if Joe Mauer would catch or DH on Saturday.
“I know he was totally exhausted after this game,” Gardenhire said. “I’ll drive by and pick him up if I need to.”
Gardy said he was thinking, in the fifth inning, of pulling Mauer and Orlando Cabrera (who has a sore hamstring) if the Twins had a big lead in the seventh. “That didn’t happen,” Gardy said.
Bullpen: The Twins could use seven strong innings from Nick Blackburn today because the bullpen can’t go through another game like Friday’s.
When asked if he was concerned about the bully, Gardy said: “Sure. It’s a day game, 3 p.m. game, so the recuperation time is a little less. Got a starter going on three days rest. There’s lots of concerns.
“But….you gotta win. And we’re facing Greinke.”