From Kelly Thesier, it looks like Michael Cuddyer will bat clean-up tonight, while Jason Kubel will be hitting 5th. In last night's epic battle, Carlos Gomez came in for Kubel as a defensive substitute as he has been doing most of the year. That in itself is a good move, but it also left Gomez hitting behind Joe Mauer. No sane manager will pitch to Mauer with runners in scoring position while the light hitting is Gomez on deck. It happened last night, and Mauer was given the intentional pass.
With Cuddyer and Kubel swinging the bat almost equally well at this point in the season, this is the right move. There is no way Cuddyer is coming out of the game, because our 1st base options after him are very slim. Not to mention he is playing outstanding defense of late there. He's making the wild throw-tag the runner out play look like it's the status quo.
Kudos to Gardenhire who is at least learning from his mistakes.