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Nishioka batting third for Twins in Target Field debut

  • Blog Post by: Phil Miller
  • June 16, 2011 - 10:36 AM

(Update: Michael Cuddyer hit a second-inning home run and Nick Blackburn pitched eight shutout innings to give the Twins a 1-0 victory over Chicago. More details coming soon.)

Tsuyoshi Nishioka is batting third for the Twins today, and playing shortstop, for his Target Field debut.

Instead of moving Ben Revere and Alexi Casilla out of the top two spots in the lineup, Manager Ron Gardenhire has decided to slot Nishioka behind them.

Gardenhire said he wanted to leave Revere and Casilla alone in the 1-2 spots, "for sure," and also factored in the opposing pitcher (lefthander Mark Buehrle) as well as wanting to give Nishioka a chance to bat and settle his nerves in the first inning.

This, of course, will change Friday when Joe Mauer returns to the lineup.

* The Twins will have roster moves to announce after today's game, as Mauer and Glen Perkins will both be activated from the DL. So two players must head back to Rochester, and the Twins also must clear another spot on the 40-man roster with Mauer coming off the 60-day DL.

* Gardenhire said Joe Nathan definitely will be heading to Rochester for a rehab stint. Nathan will be at Target Field today to have his right elbow re-examined, but he's feeling good and champing at the bit.

WHITE SOX (33-36)

1. Juan Pierre, LF
2. Alexei Ramirez, SS
3. Carlos Quentin, RF
4. Paul Konerko, 1B
5. A.J. Pierzynski, C
6. Alex Rios, CF
7. Adam Dunn, DH
8. Gordon Beckham, 2B
9. Brent Morel, 3B

Starting pitcher: LH Mark Buehrle (6-4, 3.95 ERA)

TWINS (27-39)

1 Ben Revere, CF
2. Alexi Casilla, 2B
3. Tsuyoshi Nishioka, SS
4. Michael Cuddyer, RF
5. Delmon Young, DH
6. Luke Hughes, 1B
7. Danny Valencia, 3B
8. Rene Rivera, C
9. Jason Repko, LF

Starting pitcher: RH Nick Blackburn (5-4, 3.47 ERA)

Target Field. First pitch: 12:10 p.m. TV: FSN. Twins Radio Network

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