The Twins get a re-do against Jered Weaver. Tonight they hope, not just for a single hit, but for runs, and even a win.
Brian Dozier is making his MLB debut and hitting second. Dozier impressed in Spring Training and almost came north with the team. He started off 2012 white-hot in AAA but has since come back to earth. Let’s see how he fares against one of MLB’s best.
Willingham has the day off with the flu but could be available to pinch hit late if he’s feeling any better, and Alexi Casilla is getting a day off to rest a sore shoulder he tweaked making a diving play over the weekend.
Ron Gardenhire has announced that Brian Dozier will be the team’s starting shortstop when he arrives in the clubhouse on Monday. Jamey Carroll will be shifted to a utility role for the time being, giving Gardenhire an opportunity to give occasional rest to Danny Valencia and Alexi Casilla (or replace them if they continue to struggle).
The Twins’ 9 hits in their last 4 games is the worst streak in the modern era (since 1900). Ouch. Let’s hope for something better this afternoon.
Erik Komatsu is in right field again, Mauer is back behind the plate for the first time in almost a week, and Carroll will get a swan-song at shortstop. Here is the rest:
Two days ago the Minnesota Twins were no-hit by Jered Weaver and the Los Angeles Angels. Yesterday, presumably, the Twins licked their wounds and prepared for a three game set in Seattle.
Part of that preparation involved designating Major League Strike-Out King Clete Thomas for assignment to make room for Erik Komatsu, claimed off waivers from the World Champion St. Louis Cardinals. Komatsu is a typical lead-off type hitter, reaches base at a solid clip but has never really hit for power. The move is yet another piece of evidence that the Twins think Ben Revere needs more “seasoning” in the Minor Leagues and an opportunity to play everyday. Sean Burroughs, who was designated for assignment this past Tuesday to make room for Drew Butera, has cleared waivers and will join the AAA Rochester Red Wings.
Don’t forget: Ron Gardenhire is taking the weekend off and Scott Ullger is serving as the acting manager.
Carl Pavano pitched 6 effective innings giving up just two runs before turning the game over to the bullpen. In the top of the 7th the Twins took advantage of a Mariners error and a Joe Mauer infield single to score 3 runs. The bullpen pitched 3 scoreless innings, striking out 5 batters and the Twins hang on to win.
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Boyfriend of the Day:
Brian Duensing gets some baked goods for holding the lead in the bottom of the 7th but the real hero of the day is Jamey Carroll. Not only did he break the Twins’ hitless streak in the top of the first inning, he finished the day 2-4, with a walk, a stolen base, and an RBI.