15 runs = No lineup changes: Twins vs. Brewers 5/22
By: Kelly Thesier/MLB.com
MINNEAPOLIS — As the old saying goes, if something isn’t broke don’t fix it.
The same goes for the Twins lineup.
One day after scoring 15 runs against the Brewers, the Twins are running out the same lineup as they get set to face Milwaukee’s ace Yovani Gallardo.
Shortstop Trevor Plouffe will get his second straight start for the Twins. Plouffe said he received plenty of texts and phone calls following his strong Major League debut in which went 2-for-5 with two RBIs. His family has flown in from California and will be here for today’s contest.
Infielder Alexi Casilla said his sore right elbow is feeling better today. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said that the MRI on Casilla’s elbow showed some irritation from an old bone spur and a few loose bodies. But while his arm is still a little sore, Casilla will be available if needed today.
As for a more definitive timetable on shortstop J.J. Hardy, Gardenhire said he still doesn’t have an exact date although the club is still hoping to have him ready for Tuesday’s game.
Carlos Gomez, CF
Ryan Braun, DH
Prince Fielder, 1B
Corey Hart, RF
Joe Inglett, LF
Alcides Escobar, SS
George Kottaras, C
Pitching: RHP Yovani Gallardo (4-2, 2.89 ERA)
Denard Span, CF
Joe Mauer, C
Justin Morneau, 1B
Jason Kubel, DH
Delmon Young, LF
Trevor Plouffe, SS
Pitching: RHP Kevin Slowey (5-3, 4.70 ERA)
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Hi, Kelly –
It has been a great start to the season for the Minnesota Twins. One of the “areas of improvement” is batting with the bases loaded.
Some team stats – The Twins lead MLB with 79 BL appearances (Yankees second with 69). The Twins are 29th in MLB with a .177 average (Toronto is last at .103).
Some individual stats – The Twins have #1, #2, and #3 players in MLB BL plate appearances. Cuddyer 13, Kubel 12, Young 12. Cuddyer is 1 for 10 with a double, Kubel is 3 for 10 with a memorable homerun, and Young is 0 for 8.
The top of the order is setting the table, but the 5/6/7 batters aren’t getting it done (except Sunday at Yankee Stadium). I’d love to read their comments about how they approach their at-bat when the bases are loaded.