Thome gets first start: Twins at Angels 4/7

By: Kelly Thesier/

ANAHEIM – Jim Thome makes his debut as a starter in the Twins lineup, batting sixth as the the club’s designated hitter.

With Thome in the lineup, Jason Kubel sits today. Manager Ron Gardenhire said in his pre-game session that he plans to mix and match over the next few games to get everyone in a game. That includes possibly starting catcher Drew Butera on Friday night in Chicago following the late night flight and turnaround for a night game there.

Gardenhire is also feeling better after missing the final few innings of last night’s game due to flu-like symptoms. He’ll be back in the dugout tonight.

Twins (1-1)
Denard Span, CF
Hudson, 2B
Joe Mauer, C
Justin Morneau, 1B
Michael Cuddyer, RF
Jim Thome, DH
Delmon Young, LF
J.J. Hardy, SS
Nick Punto, 3B
Pitching: RHP Carl Pavano

Angels (1-1)
Erick Aybar, SS
Abreu, RF
Torii Hunter, CF
Hideki Matsui, DH
Kendry Morales,
Juan Rivera, LF
Howie Kendrick, 2B
Mike Napoli, C
Brandon Wood, 3B
Pitching: RHP Ervin Santana
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One comment


    Wow, I thougt for sure Brendan would get the start at 3B tonight, guess not. Glad to hear Gardy is feeling better. Go Twins!

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