Saturday, May 26, 2007

Mauer is still bearded

When reporters asked Twins manager Ron Gardenhire today how Joe Mauer is progressing, the skipper pointed to his catcher, who still has his beard -- evidence that he's not ready yet. Friday Mauer told reporters he would shave when he's ready to play (a beard and a catcher's mask don't go well together).

Mauer also said, however, the beard might go before he's back in the lineup, saying the facial hair just feels a bit strange.

Jason Bartlett is still out of the lineup, though Gardenhire said the shortstop could come in the game at some point tonight and will likely start tomorrow's day game.

With that, lineups ...

Luis Castillo 2B
Jeff Cirillo 3B
Michael Cuddyer RF
Justin Morneau 1B
Torii Hunter CF
Mike Redmond C
Jason Kubel DH
Lew Ford LF
Nick Punto SS
Ramon Ortiz P

Alex Rios RF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Vernon Wells CF
Troy Glaus 3B
Frank Thomas DH
Matt Stairs LF
Aaron Hill 2B
Royce Clayton SS
Sal Fasano C
Tomo Ohka P