Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Twins will activate Reyes post-game

Manager Ron Gardenhire said the team will activate LHP Dennys Reyes from the 15-day disabled list after tonight's game, likely sending down LHP Carmen Cali to make room on the roster ... Jason Kubel is available off the bench tonight and will likely return to the lineup tomorrow.

Each player's chair had a cigar on it this afternoon, in honor of the team's two newest fathers, Carlos Silva and Juan Rincon, whose wives both gave birth to boys on Tuesday morning.

Gardenhire joked this afternoon about the record Atlanta manager Bobby Cox will tie with his next ejection -- the most ejections for one person in major league history -- "He's leery now," Gardenhire said. "When it comes time, I guarantee you he won't be leery."

And now, lineups ...

Luis Castillo 2B
Joe Mauer C
Michael Cuddyer RF
Justin Morneau 1B
Torii Hunter CF
Jeff Cirillo DH
Lew Ford LF
Nick Punto 3B
Jason Bartlett SS
Carlos Silva P

Kelly Johnson 2B
Willie Harris LF
Edgar Renteria SS
Chipper Jones DH
Andruw Jones CF
Brian McCann C
Jeff Francoeur RF
Scott Thorman 1B
Yunel Escobar 3B
Chuck James P

Good afternoon from the Metrodome ...

Just arrived at the Metrodome for tonight's game against Atlanta. The pitchers are on the field, looks like more pitcher's batting practice to get ready for the road trip to New York and Miami next week.

The pitchers love taking BP and generally make it into a contest -- relievers vs. starters. Yesterday the relievers won 6-4 (I'm not sure how the score keeping works) with Joe Nathan and Matt Guerrier's home runs leading the way.

Check back later for snippets from Gardenhire's pre-game talk and, of course, lineups.

-- Kelsie Smith