Michael Cuddyer has been selected to his first All-Star Game, and he said it's an honor that reminds him of the first time he was called up to the big leagues.
Cuddyer is batting .286 with 11 home runs and 32 RBI. AL manager Ron Washington had the chance to pick only two position players, and Cuddyer was one of them. Orioles catcher Matt Wieters was the other, according to MLB's press release.
Asked what position he'll play, Cuddyer said, "I have no idea. I'll bring all my gloves just in case."
The Brewers will have three starters in the All-Star Game for the first time in team history -- 1B Prince Fielder, 2B Rickie Weeks and LF Ryan Braun.
Braun is not in the lineup today, however, after straining his calf on Saturday night.
The Twins will be trying to bounce back from Saturday night’s disaster, when a 7-0 lead turned into an 8-7 loss.
Nick Blackburn is back on the mound, coming off a 15-0 loss to the Dodgers in his last start. The Brewers have Zack Greinke going, and the former AL Cy Young Award winner can be tough, but he got pounded for seven runs in two innings in his last start, Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.
Greinke went 0-4 with an 8.18 ERA in four starts against the Twins last year for the Royals.
Denard Span had hoped to take batting practice on the field this weekend, but he had a setback in his recovery from a concussion on Friday.
That day, he tried running in the heat "and didn't feel too good," Span said. "Friday was that 100-degree day. I'm not sure if that's the reason, but I'm pretty sure it didn't help."
Span has been taking it easy this weekend. With these concussion recoveries, it's often a few steps forward and one step back.
"It's been very trying for me, but I'm trying to stay positive," Span said.
1. Rickie Weeks, DH
2. Nyjer Morgan, CF
3. Corey Hart, RF
4. Prince Fielder, 1B
5. Mat Gamel, 3B
6. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS
7. Mark Kotsay, LF
8. Jonathan Lucroy, C
9. Craig Counsell, 2B
Starting pitcher: RH Zack Greinke (7-3, 5.68 ERA)
1. Ben Revere, CF
2. Alexi Casilla, 2B
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Michael Cuddyer, RF
5. Jim Thome, DH
6. Danny Valencia, 3B
7. Rene Tosoni, LF
8. Luke Hughes, 1B
9. Tsuyoshi Nishioka, SS
Starting pitcher: RH Nick Blackburn (6-6, 3.64 ERA)
Target Field. First pitch: 1:10 p.m. TV: FSN. Twins Radio Network