GameChat: Twins @ RedSox #2, 12:10pm, FOX & 1500am

The good news is that the Twins/RedSox game is one of FOX’s Saturday “national” telecasts today. The bad news (for me anyway) is that so is the Cubs/Reds game and that means Iowa will not be shown the Twins game. Ah well. The rest of you will get to see Brian Duensing take on the East Coast Bitch Sox, anyway.

The news coming out of Twins camp today is that Francisco Liriano’s next start, which was supposed to be on ESPN Monday night in the finale of the Red Sox series, has been pushed back to Tuesday. Why? Because he has a sore throat.

Does anyone else get the feeling the Twins are just making stuff up? I mean… pushing a start back because a guy has a sore throat two days before he’s supposed to pitch? His throat was too sore to do his bullpen session? And this coming from an organization with a $23 million catcher who’s going to end up missing two months with “leg weakness”? Seriously?

For now, let’s just sit back and see what Trevor Plouffe does today for an encore!

Span, CF Ellsbury, CF
Plouffe, SS Pedroia, 2B
Morneau, DH Gonzalez, A, 1B
Kubel, RF Youkilis, DH
Cuddyer, 1B Lowrie, 3B
Valencia, 3B Cameron, M, RF
Tosoni, LF Saltalamacchia, C
Rivera, Re, C Crawford, LF
Hughes, L, 2B Scutaro, SS
Duensing, P Buchholz, C, P

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Boston 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 x 4 12 1

I didn’t see all of this game and, from what I did see, I didn’t miss much. The 3 hours or so of baseball wasn’t all that much less boring than the 2 hour and 7 minutes of rain delay following the 2nd inning. Kevin Slowey wasn’t bad in his return, pitching over four innings of decent ball. But the offense simply didn’t show up (stop me if you’ve heard this before). Sunday will be better, though… right? Tell me I’m right… please!

– JC