The cavalry has arrived! Danny Santana, Kennys Vargas, Eric Fryer, A.J. Achter and Michal Tonkin have arrived to bolster the Twins' drive to the postseason.
O.K., that's a little thick, but manager Paul Molitor now has late-inning options. The Twins' pinch hitting has been horrible this season, so at least the Twins can run someone up there who can run into one and send it over the fence.
With Achter and Tonkin they have a couple relievers who can pitch when the team is trailing in games, allowing Molitor to save his experienced arms to protect leads.
And a few more callups are expected once Rochester and Chattanooga are done.
I don't expect Jose Berrios to be called up because of his career- high 161 innings pitched. The Twins will likely take the big picture approach with him. The only chance he has at coming up is as a reliever, but the sense I got from GM Terry Ryan was that he didn't want to put Berrios, a starter his entire career, in an unfamiliar situation while they are trying to win a wild card slot.
Chris Sale is on the mound for the White Sox tonight. He's 7-4 with a 3.56 ERA in 20 games against the Twins. He's 1-3, 6.46 against them this season. This month, Sale is 3-1, 3.21.
Will check back later with lineups and any updates.
Whoa, the lineups just came in....
Adam Eaton, CF
Tyler Saladino, 3B
Jose Abreu, DH
Meilk Cabrera, LF
Avisail Garcia, RF
Adam LaRoche, 1B
Alexei, Ramirez, SS
Carlos Sanchez, 2B
Tyler Flowers, C
Chris Sale, LHP
Brian Dozier, 2B - .303, 2HR v Sale
Joe Mauer, 1B
Trevor Plouffe, 3B - .313 v Sale
Miguel Sano, DH
Torii Hunter, RF
Eddie Rosario, Lf
Eddie The Stick, SS
Kurt Suzuki, C - .333 v Sale
Byron Buxton, CF
Tyler Duffey, RHP