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Twins without Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, and J.J. Hardy against Dontrelle Willis

Apr 29, 2010, 12:41 PM EDT

Minnesota allowed 10 unanswered runs to Detroit last night to turn a 6-1 lead into an 11-6 loss and now the Twins are without Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, and J.J. Hardy for this afternoon’s series finale.
Morneau is out indefinitely after leaving Tuesday’s game with back soreness. Hardy has a case of turf toe that had him running even slower than usual last night. And last but not least Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Mauer is simply “banged up and needs a day off from catching.” He had started 19 of the first 21 games.
Minnesota’s lineup actually doesn’t look all that terrible to me and there’s always a chance of Dontrelle Willis making it a moot point by just imploding, but the Twins’ defense probably isn’t going to do Carl Pavano any favors with Brendan Harris at shortstop, Luke Hughes at third base, Drew Butera behind the plate, and the combination of Delmon Young and Jason Kubel patrolling the outfield corners.
Should be an interesting afternoon matchup between the AL Central’s only above-.500 teams.

  1. Ben - Apr 29, 2010 at 1:58 PM

    For what it’s worth, Harris made a pretty awesome play at short early in the game.

  2. torgo23 - Apr 29, 2010 at 2:58 PM

    Too bad the Twins forgot how to score runs after the first few games of the season. Get ready for a 5+ game slide of mediocrity. Twins are overrated.

  3. TMW - Apr 29, 2010 at 3:11 PM

    Zumaya: 24 pitches, 23 heaters. You gotta love it. (Twins fan here)

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