Dare we ask for two in a row? Let’s dare, shall we?
The Twins send ‘Stache to the mound to face the Evil Empire, for whom he once pitched (no, I don’t mean he only pitched for them one time in the four years he was under contract to them… but as Yankee fans would tell you, it really wasn’t a lot more than that).
Pavano gets his lil buddy, sweet Drew Butera, catching him tonight so he’ll have to figure out a way to win without Joe Mauer’s bat in the lineup.
By the way, if you haven’t yet checked out the blog of new mlb.com Twins beat writer Rhett Bollinger, now might be a good time to do that. In tonight’s post, he touches on the “personal catcher” thing.
Speaking of blogs and guys not in the lineup tonight, you should head on over to Babes Love Baseball to enter the the contest they’ve got going, up until Jim Thome hits HR # 590. They’re giving away one of the TwinsCentric “Mashin’ Taters” t-shirts and all you have to do to enter is post a comment… and I know you all know how to make comments!
You also won’t find Derek Jeter’s name in the Yankees’ lineup tonight. Either Girardi and Gardy decided together not to play either manager’s designated “saint” or, more likely, Jeter became so unnerved by the sound of the collective screams of “Sit Down Bitch!!!!” that reverberated across America from thousands of former Batlings (OK, maybe not thousands, but I bet there were at least a dozen of us) as he swung through a Joe Nathan fastball to end last night’s game, that he’s curled up in a fetal position somewhere in the bowels of Yankee Mausoleum and needs a day to recover.
With that, here’s the list of guys who ARE in the lineup tonight:
|Span, CF||Gardner, LF|
|Nishioka, 2B||Granderson, CF|
|Young, D, LF||Teixeira, 1B|
|Morneau, 1B||Rodriguez, A, DH|
|Kubel, DH||Cano, 2B|
|Cuddyer, RF||Swisher, RF|
|Valencia, 3B||Chavez, Er, 3B|
|Butera, C||Nunez, E, SS|
|Casilla, A, SS||Molina, C|
|Pavano, P||Garcia, F, P|
Let’s hope for better weather Thursday.