Tuesday, July 31, 2007

No deals

Tuesday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline came and went with no new addition to the Twins’ lineup. After general manager Terry Ryan and manager Ron Gardenhire hinted Monday night that another trade was possible, Ryan was unable to find a match, according to Gardenhire.

The news, or lack of it, one day after Luis Castillo was sent to the Mets for two minor-leaguers, seemed to deflate the Twins’ clubhouse, though some players promised the team would contend, anyway.
“We have the players capable of doing things,” said Justin Morneau. “We’ve just got to play like we’re capable, and we can catch” Detroit and Cleveland.
Torii Hunter, who said he prayed Monday night for a trade that would beef up the Twins’ lineup, isn’t so sure. Asked if the Twins’ current roster is capable of winning a championship, Hunter said “I plead the fifth. I don’t know. I can’t tell you right now.”
Alexi Casilla has arrived and is in the lineup. With a left-hander on the mound, rookie Brian Buscher is not.

Tyner rf
Bartlett ss
Mauer dh
Morneau 1b
Hunter cf
Redmond c
Cirillo 3b
Ford lf
Casilla 2b

Silva p

DeJesus cf
Grudzielanek 2b
Teahen rf
Brown dh
Gload lf
Gordon 3b
Smith 1b
Pena ss
LaRue c
De La Rosa p