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Red Sox @ Twins

Game Time: 12:05 Central

Before we get to the lineups (which are also courtesy of LaVelle), let's quote directly from his latest blog entry.  I've bolded the part that should cause you to speculate wildly:

What we are hearing is that no deal is close  - there's still a ways to go before we can even write that there's light at the end of the tunnel.


Ron Shapiro, Mauer's agent, remains in Fort Myers this weekend and the sides remain in discussions about a contract extension for the defending AL MVP. Also heard that Twins GM Bill Smith cancelled an appearance in front of a group of fans who have traveled here from Mankato to attend, `a meeting' this afternoon.

Hey, it's something, right?

Onto the lineups:


Denard Span, CF

Orlando Hudson, 2B

Joe Mauer, C

Justin Morneau, 1B

Michael Cuddyer, RF

Jim Thome, DH

Delmon Young, LF

J.J. Hardy, SS

Danny Valencia, 3B

Pitchers: Carl Pavano starting, with Matt Guerrier, Jon Rauch, Clay Condrey, and Rob Delaney slated to get work.


Mike Cameron, CF

Bill Hall, RF

Victor Martinez, C

J.D. Drew, DH

Jed Lowrie, 2B

Lars Anderson, 1B

Ryan Kalish, LF

Yamarco Navarro, 3B

Jose Iglesias, SS

Starting pitcher: Jon Lester

Mauer, Morneau, Thome and Valencia?  Nice.