La Velle E. Neal III has covered baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he grew up following the White Sox and hating the Cubs. He attended both the University of Illinois and Illinois-Chicago and began his baseball writing career at the Kansas City Star. He can be heard occasionally on KFAN radio, lending his great baseball mind to Paul Allen and other hosts. Mark Rosen borrows him occasionally for WCCO-TV.

Capps returns as the Twins begin their final homestands of the season

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III under Off the field Updated: September 24, 2012 - 6:08 PM

Righthander Matt Capps, who hasn't pitched in a game since July, as been activated from the disabled list and will be available tonight as the Twins begin their final homestand of the season.

Capps (shoulder) wants to prove he's healthy so there are no doubts during the offseason, when the Twins are expected to decline his option and make him a free agent.

The spoiler thing went well for the Twins over the weekend in Detroit, as they took two of three games from the Tigers. Let's see if they can keep it going against the Bronx Bombers.

Will check back with lineups and updates.

UPDATES

Gardenhire said he will look for the right opportunity to use Capps. He surely won't throw him into the heat of a late-inning, high-leverage, SportsCenter moment. I would guess it would be in the sixth or seventh inning. If the Twins are being blown off the field, Capps could enter at any time.

Jack Jablonski, the paralyzed hockey player, was on the field for batting practice and met Gardy as well as several players. Justin Morneau gave him one of his bats. Even Derek Jeter ran over to greet him. (Once again, I'll never understand why fans here boo Jeter).

Jablonski is going to throw out the first pitch tonight.
Over in Yankee-land,. Jeter is at shortstop tonight. He's been battling a bone bruise in his foot, and has been the DH in six of his last nine games because of it. It hasn't stop Captain Clutch at the plate, as he's batting .333 this month.

BATTING TITLE WATCH

Joe Mauer, batting .323 heading into the game,  is a career .294 hitter against Yankees starter Andy Pettitte.

Miguel Cabrera (.331)  and the Tigers are home against Kansas City and Luke Hochevar. Cabrera is a ridiculous 16-for-32 with two home runs and 10 RBI against Hochevar.

Yankees (88-64)

1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Ichrio Suzuki, RF
3. Alex Rodriguez, DH
4. Robinson Cano, 2B
5. Nick Swisher, 1B
6. Curtis Granderson, CF
7. Raul Ibanez, LF
8. Russell Martin, C
9. Eric Chavez, 3B

Pitching: Andy Pettitte, LHP

Twins (64-89)

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Ben Revere, RF
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Josh Willingham, LF
5. Justin Morneau, DH
6. Ryan Doumit, C
7. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
8. Jamey Carroll, 2B
9. Pedro Florimon, SS
 

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