A little golf with your baseball?

When I arrived at the Metrodome this afternoon, golfer Rich Beem was in the batting cage with Twins manager Ron Gardenhire as his pitcher. Beem is in town this week to play a few practice rounds for next month’s PGA Championship at Hazeltine, the course where he won the 2002 PGA by beating Tiger Woods by a stroke.

Decked out in full uniform, Beem took some swings in the cage and then went to shag some fly balls with Gardenhire in left field. He’s also scheduled to throw out the first pitch before tonight’s Twins-Yankees series opener.

As a golf fan, seeing Beem at the ballpark couldn’t help but get me a little excited for next month’s tournament. I have yet to play at Hazeltine but count that as one on my list of “Courses I Want to Play.”

All right, back to baseball. The Yankees are in town and the Twins are looking for a little revenge after getting swept in four games at the new Yankee Stadium in May. C.C. Sabathia is on the mound for New York and it’s been a little over a year since the Twins have faced him — the last time coming when he was still with the Indians.

UPDATES: Gardenhire said that Mike Redmond is available to play tonight.

Justin Morneau has officially declined the invitation to take part in the HR Derby, but said that he’d be happy to cheer on Joe Mauer in the event. Read more about that in a story by my associate reporter, Tyler, on the site.

Kevin Slowey said that he had a cortisone shot in his right wrist during the offseason and it helped alleviate the problem. So he’s optimistic that this shot will help and he’ll be ready to come off the DL on July 19 when he’s eligible, although Slowey  said they’d know more in 4-5 days.

Also, the Yankees starter for Thursday will be right-hander Alfredo Aceves. He’s faced the Twins only twice in his career. Both were relief appearances, but he recoreded two wins in those appearances, throwing a total of two scoreless innings.

Here are the lineups:

Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS
Johnny Damon, LF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Hideki Matsui, DH
Nick Swisher, RF
Robinson Cano, 2B
Brett Gardner, CF
Francisco Cervelli, C
Pitching: C.C. Sabathia, LHP

 Twins
Denard Span, LF
Brendan Harris, SS
Joe Mauer, C
Justin Morneau, 1B
Michael Cuddyer, RF
Joe Crede, 3B
Delmon Young, DH
Carlos Gomez, CF
Nick Punto, 2B
Pitching: Scott Baker, RHP

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