April 5, 2007

Twins Notes: First Off-Day

The Twins didn't have a game today, and will get back on the field tomorrow after their three-game sweep of the Orioles to open the season. Their next series will be with their division rival, the Chicago White Sox. Below are the scheduled pitchers for each game, and then there are a few Twins notes from the early season.

Next Three Games:
Friday, 7:11 CT (WFTC)
Carlos Silva (0-0) vs. Javier Vazquez (0-0)

Saturday, 2:55 CT (FOX)
Sidney Ponson (0-0) vs. John Danks (0-0)

Sunday, 1:05 CT (FSN)
Johan Santana (1-0) vs. Jose Contreras (0-1)

Silva, Vazguez, Ponson and Danks are all making their first starts of the season, so there isn't much to say about them. However, Contreras gave up seven runs in just one inning on Opening Day for the White Sox while Santana went six innings for the Twins giving up four runs. It'll be an interesting series mainly to see how Silva and Ponson pitch.

Twins Notes:
- Jeff Cirillo took batting pracitce on Wednesday, and could play as early as this weekend.

- Here's another injury note regarding Michael Cuddyer. Cuddyer fouled a ball off of his chin yesterday, and got stitches after leaving the game. Gardnehire said that he expects him to play tomorrow.

- Herb Carneal's funeral was today, to read who was there, go here or you could read the story here. You can also leave your thoughts about Herb here.

- J.D. Durbin had a poor first outing with the D-Backs on Wednesday. He didn't even go one inning and gave up seven hits and seven runs. He was designated for assignment and the D-Backs have ten days to trade him or he goes on waivers.

- La Velle flew into Chicago a day early, and has some quotes from Ozzie. Make sure to check his blog out throughout the season for notes, and also check out Joe's throughout the season.

Hopefully the Twins pitching can surprise us this weekend with Ponson and Silva on the mound. It'll be fun to get baseball rolling again after the day off, so make sure to check them out on TV. I'll have more after the game tomorrow, or possibly before it if I have time.