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Good morning, gang. Pat Borzi here in Minneapolis for one last day filling in for Geoff Baker, a coffee-and-bagels 10:10 a.m. Pacific time start at Target Field. Geoff will be back in the big chair when the homestand opens Friday.
The Twins traditionally schedule midweek getaway-day games an hour earlier than most teams (it’s 12:10 p.m. local time). While a tough turnaround for players coming off a night game, the earlier start helps the departing team avoid the teeth of rush hour to the airport and reach home or the next city at a more reasonable time.
Michael Saunders (groin strain) remained out of the lineup for the sixth straight game, but Mariners manager Eric Wedge said this morning he expects Saunders to start in the outfield on Friday at Safeco Field.
“He’s been pushing so hard to come back,” Wedge said. “The best opportunity for him to play the outfield tomorrow, to play an entire game, is to give him some time today. That’s what we’re going to do.”
Saunders has done everything in his recovery except run the bases, Wedge said, though Saunders showed the training staff in drills that he can change direction without problem. “He’s pretty much there,” Wedge said. “We all don’t want that one thing to happen where he misses the rest of the year. We’re trying to handle this as respectfully as possible.”
Otherwise, it’s mainly the regulars today. Franklin Gutierrez and Brendan Ryan are back in after their days off, with Jesus Montero catching and Miguel Olivo as the DH. Olivo is in there in part because he’s 3-for-8 with one homer against Twins lefthander Brian Duensing, who has been dreadful as a starter this season (2-7, 7.14 ERA).
Now, the game blog.
A few lineup changes tonight. Mariners manager Eric Wedge gave Franklin Gutierrez a day off, moved Trayvon Robinson to the No. 2 spot and started backups Chone Figgins and Munenori Kawasaki. Michael Saunders (groin strain) might be ready tomorrow, though Wedge said he’s being cautious with him.
“The biggest fear, especially in the outfield…if he breaks and clips it, he’ll be done for the year,” Wedge said. “That’s the last thing I want to have happen.”
Before the series started, Wedge said he planned to rest Gutierrez tonight or tomorrow, so this wasn’t alarming. Wedge also gave Brendan Ryan a day off after his three hits Tuesday nudged his average up to .202.
Dustin Ackley, 2b
Trayvon Robinson, lf
Kyle Seager, 3b
John Jaso, DH
Justin Smoak, 1b
Eric Thames, rf
Miguel Olivo, c
Chone Figgins, cf
Munenori Kawasaki, ss
(Jason Vargas, p)
Pat Borzi here for Day 3 the Mariners-Minnesota Twins series, filling in for again Geoff Baker. If you’re just joining us, Geoff posted on the blog earlier, with audio of his weekly Talkin’ Baseball appearance with Mitch Levy.
(Spoiler alert: This is NOT the game blog. That’s coming shortly.)
This hasn’t been a huge secret in Minneapolis, but Commissioner Bud Selig officially announced today that Target Field has been awarded the 2014 All-Star Game. The Twins made the announcement on the plaza behind the right-field stands, which was fine except they made Selig, assorted local politicians and former Twins All-Stars like Rod Carew and Tony Oliva stand in the broiling mid-afternoon sun, a worry for Selig since he’s had melanoma issues.
Selig got choked up after the press conference talking about the late Twins owner Carl Pohlad, a longtime pal who died 14 months before the stadium opened in March 2010. For more than 15 years, Pohlad and Selig spoke by phone every Saturday morning at 11:30. “And if I didn’t call him at 11:30, by quarter to 12 he was having a fit, calling me, wondering where I was,” Selig said.
But Pohlad, a billionaire with banking interests, also secretly arranged a $3 million loan to Selig’s Milwaukee Brewers in 1995 while Selig was acting commissioner. That caused a stir when word leaked in 2002, around the time baseball considered contracting the Twins and the Montreal Expos. In Minnesota’s case, the contraction threat was a ploy to help Pohlad get a new stadium. It didn’t work, but Pohlad kept at it. A stadium bill finally passed the state legislature in 2006.