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Game 2: Twins vs Seattle

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Game Time: 7:10 pm CDT
TV: FSNorth
Radio: Twins Radio Network

"Obviously knowing the situation we're in, of course it's not what you want," Redmond said. "Just going to wait and see and hope it feels better tomorrow. Hopefully it was just a little cramp. ... If I can be out there tomorrow, I will be."

That's pretty much what you expect out of the only guy on the planet that Chuck Norris wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley. When I post lineups later this evening, I will be surprised if NBP isn't scratched in. Hopefully he's fine and can play through what I can only describe as premeditated assault with a bat in the hands of one Russell Branyan. Did you see the look in Branyan's eyes? He meant it. Clearly there are dark forces at work here, if Redmond can't play.

But more on this later.

Nick Blackburn gets his first start of the season tonight, facing off against Seattle's Erik Bedard. For some reason when I think of Bedard, I associate him with smoking the Twins. Happily enough I'm wrong, as he didn't pitch against Minnesota in 2008, and was demolished in two starts back in 2007. In fact, the last time he pitched well in the Metrodome it was 2006, when he went five innings and struck out nine. Maybe that's what sticks out in my head. At any rate, he's a pitcher with enough tools to get the job done, so hopefully the boys are a little more on their game at the plate tonight.


Lineup

Seattle Mariners @ Minnesota Twins

04/07/09 8:10 PM EDT

Seattle Mariners Minnesota Twins
Endy Chavez - LF Denard Span - RF
Franklin Gutierrez - CF Alexi Casilla - 2B
Ken Griffey Jr. - DH Michael Cuddyer - DH
Adrian Beltre - 3B Justin Morneau - 1B
Russell Branyan - 1B Joe Crede - 3B
Jose Lopez - 2B Delmon Young - LF
Kenji Johjima - C Carlos Gomez - CF
Wladimir Balentien - RF Jose Morales - C
Yuniesky Betancourt - SS Nick Punto - SS

Nick Blackburn

#53 / Pitcher / Minnesota Twins

6-4

225

R

R

Feb 24, 1982

Erik Bedard

#45 / Pitcher / Seattle Mariners

6-1

200

L

L

Mar 06, 1979