GameChat – Twins @ A’s #3, 3:05pm

As Span-watch continues, the Twins send an interesting line up out to finish off the series with Oakland this afternoon. Cuddy’s at 2B and Mauer is at 1B.

Gardy also shifted his line up up a spot, so we have Joe batting 2nd. At least he figured out that Nishioka has no business hitting up near the top of his order. (I still think “Nishioka” is Japanese for “weak ground ball”.)

I’m off to see some of today’s Snappers v Kernels game again, so I’ll be joining the GameChat later.



Revere, CF   Weeks, 2B
Mauer, 1B   Crisp, CF
Cuddyer, 2B   Matsui, DH
Kubel, RF   Willingham, LF
Thome, DH   Jackson, C, 1B
Valencia, 3B   Sweeney, RF
Nishioka, SS   Pennington, SS
Plouffe, RF   Suzuki, K, C
Butera, C   Sizemore, S, 3B
  _Pavano, P     _McCarthy, P
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 11 0
Oakland 0 0 6 1 0 0 0 0 x 7 11 0

The Twins not only lost 2 of 3 to the friggin A’s but they are now 7 games behind the Tigers. Carl Pavano sucked again and the bottom of the Twins batting order sucked just as bad, if not worse.

The good news is that Denard Span is not a Washington National and will be rejoining the Twins in Anaheim. The bad news is that he isn’t a shortstop so he won’t be replacing the worst ballplayer in the line up. The other bad news is that Bill Smith apparently can’t multi-task and since he didn’t get a deal done with the Nationals, he didn’t get anything done at all before the trade deadline.

[EDIT] It’s official: Denard Span has been activated from the DL and Luke Hughes has been optioned back down to Rochester. Am I the only one who thinks there might have been better selections for a stint in AAA? – CB

Things are looking pretty bleak as the calendar turns to August.