Valencia makes his debut: Twins at Mariners 6/3

By: Kelly Thesier/

SEATTLE — Third baseman Danny Valencia will make his Major League debut against the Mariners tonight, as the Twins try to split the series with Seattle.

Shortstop J.J. Hardy is not in the lineup tonight, which likely is just a break for him and his sore left wrist against the Mariners’ tough right-hander, Felix Hernandez.

UPDATE: Hardy said that his left wrist has gotten a little irritated the more swings he takes and tonight manager Ron Gardenhire wanted to give him a rest. Hardy didn’t take batting practice yesterday and likely won’t over the next few days as he tries to give his wrist a break.

Gardenhire said that Orlando Hudson took a few ground balls on Wednesday but that his left wrist is still sore. The club will see how Hudson is doing in Oakland, but the expectation is still that it could be a couple more days before he’s ready to return to the lineup.

Valencia is excited to be in the lineup tonight and make his debut — even if it is against King Felix.


Denard Span, CF
Matt Tolbert, 2B
Joe Mauer, C
Justin Morneau, 1B
Jim Thome, DH
Jason Kubel, RF
Delmon Young, LF
Danny Valencia, 3B
Punto, SS
Pitching: RHP Carl Pavano
(5-5, 3.99 ERA)


Ichiro Suzuki, RF
Chone Figgins, 2B
Franklin Gutierrez, CF
Jose Lopez, 3B
Milton Bradley, DH
Casey Kotchman, 1B
Josh Wilson, SS
Rob Johnson, C
Michael Saunders, LF
Pitching: RHP Felix Hernandez (2-4, 3.50 ERA)

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