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Last 2 Games prior All-Star Break: Outfield?

Today, the Twins will take on the LHP Nate Robertson.  Who do you think Gardy will put in the lineup?  Here is my guess:

1.  Span - CF

2.  Casilla - 2B

3.  Redmond - C

4.  Morneau - 1B

5.  Monroe - DH

6.  Kubel - RF

7.  Young - LF

8.  Punto - SS

9.  Harris - 3B

Last time Monroe faced Robertson he hit a 3 run homer so I am certain that Monroe will be in the lineup today.  Gomez needs a rest, that is obvious to us all.  I think Gomez should sit out tomorrow too.  Let him come back after the All-Star Break when we face off against Texas and see if a 6 day rest can get him back on track.  Span, for the time being belongs in the leadoff spot.  I was thinking that Young could use a day-off too, but that would mean that we would have to put Buscher or Lamb or even Mauer as DH...its possible I guess.

We have our aces closing out the first half: Baker and Blackburn.  These last two games should be interesting.  Baker will face off against Nate Robertson and Blackburn will face off vs. the 2006 Rookie of the Year, Justin Verlander.

Tomorrow, I think the lineup should look like this:

1.  Span - CF

2.  Casilla - 2B

3.  Mauer - C

4.  Morneau - 1B

5.  Monroe - DH

6.  Kubel - RF

7.  Young - LF

8.  Punto - SS

9.  Buscher - 3B

Buscher had a nice outing the other night vs. Galarraga and I think he will get the opportunity to start again before the All Star Break.  Span again is in CF and Monroe and Kubel are back in the lineup.  Monroe has pretty good stats this year vs RH as well as Kubel.  Look to see big games out of those two.

If the White Sox cooperate by losing the series or even getting swept by Texas, and if the Twins win the remaining two games, we could see ourselves just .5 games back or even .5 games ahead!

Matchups for the Sox:

John Danks (6-4, 2.52 ERA) vs. Millwood (6-4, 4.93 ERA)

Jose Contreras (7-6, 4.21 ERA) vs. Matt Harrison (1-0, 2.57 ERA)

GO TWINS!!!! GO TEXAS!!!!

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