Magglio back in lineup, Kelly bats cleanup

It’s a little different lineup for the getaway day, but not extremely so. Considering Magglio Ordonez is 3-for-6 lifetime off Twins starter Nick Blackburn, and considering Ordonez is coming off his HR and double Saturday, he’s in the lineup as the designated hitter. Marcus Thames, 0-for-7 off Blackburn, gets the day off. Don Kelly is batting cleanup.

As for the bullpen, it’s short. Really short. Zumaya and Dolsi aren’t available, getting another day of rest after their outings Friday night. Leyland also wants to give Brandon Lyon and Bobby Seay a day off after they pitched the last couple days. That leaves Fu-Te Ni, Zach Miner and Fernando Rodney, with starter Luke French also available on his side-session day.


  1. Granderson, CF
  2. Santiago, 2B
  3. Cabrera, 1B
  4. Kelly, LF
  5. Inge, 3B
  6. Ordonez, DH
  7. Anderson, RF
  8. Laird, C
  9. Everett, SS

P: Rick Porcello


  1. Denard Span, CF
  2. Brendan Harris, SS
  3. Joe Mauer, C
  4. Justin Morneau, 1B
  5. Jason Kubel, DH
  6. Michael Cuddyer, RF
  7. Joe Crede, 3B
  8. Delmon Young, LF
  9. Nick Punto, 2B

P: Nick Blackburn


Kelly batting cleanup? Has anybody else noticed that the kid is starting to struggle at the plater? C’mon JL–this may have been the time to stoke (and stroke) Ordonez a little and bat him behind MCab (who really needs to turn things around).
Ryan didn’t block the plate as well as he could have–the throw, while good, was high which made blocking the plate tougher. He called a pretty good game for EJ and has blocked just about everything thrown at him. I guess I simply like the kid. He tries. I did not get that impression from Sardinha at the plate. Felt he pretty much was resigned to giving up the AB a lot of times. Not sure why everyone was so positive on his defense. He threw out 2 guys this year in 12 attempts. He did have some good games behind the plate but it is tough to justify a batting average under .100
The backup catcher situation for us is hardly an issue. Laird fulfills the role of catcher as well as anybody and could play every darn day if you asked him to.

I look at Dusty Ryan as the Steve Mason of catchers. He’s a huge, imposing figure for his position, but he also has some learning to do.

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