Game Chat – Rangers @ Twins #3, 1:10 pm

Gardy’s wasting no time getting the new guy in the line up. Clete Thomas is manning right field for the Twins today as Liam Hendriks gets his first start of the season.



Kinsler, 2B Span, CF
Andrus, SS Carroll, SS
Hamilton, CF Mauer, C
Beltre, A, 3B Morneau, DH
Young, M, DH Willingham, LF
Cruz, N, RF Parmelee, 1B
Murphy, Dv, LF Valencia, 3B
Napoli, 1B Thomas, C, RF
Torrealba, C Casilla, A, 2B
  _Feliz, P   _Hendriks, P
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Texas 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 4 10 0
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 3 7 0

Liam Hendriks deserved better. Let’s be honest here, Glen Perkins coughed up a big ole’ hairball today. We can certainly question whether he should have been used after throwing quite a few pitches in the Saturday game, but there’s no questioning that he completely bombed today. A walk, a triple and a home run and “poof,” there goes a 3-1 lead.

Clete Thomas, newly arrived from Detroit, did his best to impress his new team mates with a two-run home run in the fifth inning, to give the Twins a lead and Hendriks made it stand up through his six innings of pitching. Jared Burton threw a scoreless seventh, before Perkins came in to do his thing in the eighth inning.

Now, it’s on to New York this week and hoping for the best. – JC