GameChat – Tigers @ Twins #3, 1:10pm

Looks like Matt Tolbert is odd man out as Gardy gets Rene Rivera recalled from Rochester to give Drew Butera some help with the catching position until Joe “Don’t call me soft” Mauer is ready again.

Brian Duensing takes the mound to try to avoid yet another home sweep.



Jackson, A, CF Revere, CF
Ordonez, RF Plouffe, SS
Young, D, LF Morneau, 1B
Cabrera, Mi, 1B Kubel, DH
Martinez, V, DH Valencia, 3B
Avila, C Tosoni, LF
Peralta, Jh, SS Hughes, L, 2B
Santiago, 2B Repko, RF
Inge, 3B Rivera, R, C
  _Penny, P   _Duensing, P
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 11 0
Minnesota 2 0 1 3 0 1 4 0 x 11 12 1

I only saw about the last 5-6 innings of the game, but from what I saw, it was at least encouraging to see something resembling Major League baseball out of the Twins again. Brian Duensing gave his team a chance with 6 decent innings of work on the mound. The “old guard” was represented well at the plate by Justin Morneau (3 hits) and Jason Kubel (first inning HR). But what was most encouraging to me was that some of the younger guys stepped up and showed they might just be understanding that their auditions for next year’s team are well underway. Rene Tosoni had a triple and Trevor Plouffe contributed a couple of hits and started a couple of double plays.

But there was really only one star of this game. Luke Hughes proved his home run in Saturday’s loss was no fluke as he popped two more homers, accounting for five RBI, against the Tigers today. Apparently someone forgot to mention to Luke that Target Field’s fences are too deep to allow the Twins to hit home runs… or maybe he’s figured out that he should just ignore all the excuses and other BS that has come out of the Twins clubhouse for the past year and just do his job. In any event, well done Luke! You are our Boyfriend of the Day!

Luke Hughes