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Indians claim Thome, White Sox claim Kubel

MINNEAPOLIS — Twins designated hitter Jim Thome was claimed on waivers by the Indians, while the White Sox were awarded the waiver claim on Twins outfielder Jason Kubel, according to a report.

Minnesota has until noon CT tomorrow to work out deals with the claiming teams, but can also pull the claimed players back off waivers.

The Twins, however, did not offer a comment, as waiver moves are supposed to be confidential, per Major League rules.

Thome, who has a no-trade clause and has never won a World Series, declined to state whether he’d accept a trade to a contender when asked earlier this week.

The Indians enter today six games back of the first-place Tigers in the American League Central, and it’s unclear whether he would OK a trade to Cleveland.

Thome did play there for the first 12 seasons of his career from 1991-2002, and could be a fit considering Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner is on the disabled list with a right foot strain.

Kubel, meanwhile, also makes sense for the White Sox, who are 6 1/2 games out, because outfielder Carlos Quentin has been bothered by a shoulder injury.

But he currently projects as a Type B free agent, and could even achieve Type A status, so the Twins would want a good return to make up for losing a compensation pick, or possibly two, in next year’s First-Year Player Draft.

Trade Deadline (Game 108 vs Oakland)

OAKLAND — Twins manager Ron Gardenhire gave no indication whether the Twins will make any moves before today’s 3 p.m. CT Trade Deadline, but it appears more and more likely the club will stand pat.

“I have no clue,” Gardenhire said. “I just read your articles, and you guys write it, and so I just try to get a lineup in, read some clips and read about our Minor Leaguers. I can’t control that other stuff.”

Gardenhire, though, is certainly aware that Twins players such as Denard Span, Jason Kubel, and Kevin Slowey have been mentioned in trade rumors leading up to today’s deadline.

But recent reports indicate that the Nationals are reluctant to include closer Drew Storen in a deal for Span, and that a trade is appears unlikely at this point unless the Nationals decide to budge on their offer. And a source told’s Jon Paul Morosi that the Twins are not looking to trade Kubel despite heavy interest from the Pirates.

The Rockies, meanwhile, remain interested in Slowey, but it remains unclear how close the two sides are regarding a deal for the right-hander.

Gardenhire said he’s simply trying his best to keep his players loose, as Trade Deadline day is always a hectic one.

“It’s more prominent now,” Gardenhire said. “There’s more media attention on it and more speculation, and blogs and Tweets. We didn’t have all that stuff when I played. So yeah, there’s some uneasiness out there, especially if you’re a team like us trying to get back into it and trying to stay in it. We believe we can still catch people, and others might not. So it’s out there.”

Gardehire also added he expects Span, out with a concussion suffered June 3, to play in his final rehab game with Triple-A Rochester tonight before heading to Anaheim tomorrow to be ready for Tuesday’s game.

“I plan on him traveling tomorrow and being in Anaheim,” Gardenhire said. “I think he’ll play tonight and then he’ll be traveling.”

Span also had his say this morning via Twitter regarding the recent trade rumors.

“Good morning everyone!,” Span wrote. “I just woke up and read the star tribune article with people’s comments! Smh. A lot of people read things and form an opinion very quick. This will be my last tweet for a lil bit. I want to be in a twins uniform after today and for the rest of the deal I signed a year ago! To my teammates that I hope I see again u guys know what type of person and team player I am.”

Lineups for the 3:05 p.m. CT start at the Oakland Coliseum:

Twins (50-57)
1. Ben Revere, CF
2. Joe Mauer, 1B
3. Michael Cuddyer, 2B
4. Jason Kubel, RF
5. Jim Thome, DH
6. Danny Valencia, 3B
7. Delmon Young, LF
8. Tsuyoshi Nishioka, SS
9. Drew Butera, C

RHP Carl Pavano (6-7, 4.60 ERA, 4.15 FIP, 3.77 K/BB)

Athletics (48-59)
1. Jemile Weeks, 2B
2. Coco Crisp, CF
3. Hideki Matsui, DH
4. Josh Willingham, LF
5. Conor Jackson, 1B
6. Ryan Sweeney, RF
7. Cliff Pennington, SS
8. Kurt Suzuki, C
9. Scott Sizemore, 3B

RHP Brandon McCarthy (3-5, 3.52 ERA, 2.78 FIP, 3.75 K/BB)

Kubel in RF, batting fifth (Game 99 vs. Tigers)

MINNEAPOLIS — Jason Kubel was activated from the disabled list last night, and is back in the starting lineup tonight against the Tigers, playing right field and batting fifth.

Kubel, who sprained his left foot in Detroit on May 30, missed 47 games with the injury but finally is making his long-awaited return after missing seven weeks.

He brings a powerful left-handed hitting bat into the lineup, as he was the club’s most consistent hitter before his injury, hitting .310/.355/.465 with five homers and 30 RBIs in 52 games.

“It’s exciting,” said Kubel, who is 2-for-4 in his career against Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer. “I feel like I’m not starting over, but in a way, kinda because it’s been nearly two months. I’m looking forward to it.”

Lineups for the 7:10 p.m. CT start at Target Field:

Tigers (52-46):
1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Ryan Raburn, LF
3. Magglio Ordonez, RF
4. Miguel Cabrera, DH
5. Victor Martinez, 1B
6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
7. Carlos Guillen, 2B
8. Alex Avila, C
9. Wilson Betemit, 3B

RHP Max Scherzer (10-5, 4.53 ERA, 4.16 FIP, 2.68 K/BB)

Twins (46-52):
1. Ben Revere, CF
2. Alexi Casilla, 2B
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Michael Cuddyer, 1B
5. Jason Kubel, RF
6. Danny Valencia, 3B
7. Jim Thome, DH
8. Delmon Young, LF
9. Tsuyoshi Nishioka, SS

LHP Brian Duensing (7-7, 4.14 ERA, 3.74 FIP, 2.95 K/BB)

Kubel expected to be activated (Game 98 vs. Tigers)

MINNEAPOLIS — Jason Kubel, who was out with a sprained left foot suffered May 30, is expected to be activated from the disabled list after tonight’s game against the Tigers, and could be back in the lineup tomorrow.

Kubel played nine innings in right field with Triple-A Rochester this morning and flew back to the Twin Cities after the game. He’s expected to be reevaluated upon his return, but Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he expects Kubel to play tomorrow.

“I called Kubel last night and he’s seeing the ball great and feeling good,” Gardenhire said. “He hit an opposite-field homer and three hits yesterday and another hit today. He says he feels great and has no problem with his foot.”

Kubel, who made two rehab stints with the Red Wings because of a setback suffered on June 30, finished with a .333 average and a .984 OPS in five games.

He also was the Twins’ most consistent hitter before his injury, as he was batting .310/.355/.465 with five homers and 30 RBIs in 52 games with the Twins.

Gardenhire now is faced with the task of working Kubel into a crowded lineup, as if Kubel starts in right field, it pushes Michael Cuddyer to another position such as first base, and if he serves as designated hitter, it means Jim Thome is on the bench. But Gardenhire views it as a good problem to have.

“I’ll take my chances,” Gardenhire said. “I’ll find a way. Believe me. We’ve been really right-handed, and I’d like some more pop left-handed.”

Gardenhire added there’s a “really good chance” that a pitcher will be sent to Triple-A upon Kubel’s return with left-handers Scott Diamond and Chuck James the most likely candidates.

Lineups for the 7:10 p.m. CT start at Target Field:

Tigers (51-46)

1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Brennan Boesch, LF
3. Magglio Ordonez, RF
4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
5. Victor Martinez, DH
6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
7. Carlos Guillen, 2B
8. Alex Avila, C
9. Wilson Betemit, 3B

RHP Justin Verlander (12-5, 2.29 ERA, 2.70 FIP, 4.64 K/BB)

Twins (46-51)

1. Ben Revere, CF
2. Alexi Casilla, 2B
3. Joe Mauer, 1B
4. Michael Cuddyer, RF
5. Jim Thome, DH
6. Danny Valencia, 3B
7. Delmon Young, LF
8. Tsuyoshi Nishioka, SS
9. Drew Butera, C

RHP Carl Pavano (6-6, 4.08 ERA, 3.97 FIP, 2.24 K/BB)

Twins at Tigers (Game 53)

DETROIT — Jason Kubel is out of the lineup today with his sprained left foot still bothering him. He said yesterday that he wasn’t sure if he injured while he planted to jump for Victor Martinez’s two-run homer or when he landed.

The Twins are certainly hoping he returns quickly, as Kubel and Denard Span have really been the only consistent hitters for the Twins this year. He’s currently not wearing a boot, but said he’ll wear one tomorrow and doesn’t think a trip to the disabled list is necessary.

“It’s a lot better,” Kubel said. “I woke up this morning and didn’t feel anything until walking on it. But it feels better walking around. So as long as keeps up like that, each day, it shouldn’t be too much longer.”

Matt Tolbert also gets his first start at shortstop since last Wednesday, as Trevor Plouffe remains on the bench of a second straight day.

Lineups for the 6:05 pm. CT start at Comerica Park

Twins (17-35):

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Alexi Casilla, 2B
3. Justin Morneau, 1B
4. Michael Cuddyer, RF
5. Jim Thome, DH
6. Danny Valencia, 3B
7. Delmon Young, LF
8. Rene Rivera, C
9. Matt Tolbert, SS

LHP Brian Duensing (2-5, 4.83 ERA, 4.11 FIP, 1.85 K/BB)

Tigers (27-26):

1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Casper Wells, RF
3. Brennan Boesch, DH
4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
5. Victor Martinez, C
6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
7. Brandon Inge, 3B
8. Ryan Raburn, LF
9. Danny Worth, 2B

RHP Max Scherzer (6-2, 3.86 ERA, 4.09 FIP. 2.35 K/BB)

Game 22 vs. Rays

It’s going to be quite cold tonight here at Target Field.

The Twins even received a shipment of specially designed hats from New Era that include built-in ear flaps to stay warm.

But it’s yet to be seen if any of the players will actually wear them during the game, as a few said they’ll wear them only during batting practice.

Either way, staying warm will be key for both teams, as the players are all expected to layer up to help fight the cold with temperatures expected to dip into the mid-30s.

Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano will also hope to heat up (no pun intended), as he’s off to a slow start this season with a 7.40 ERA over his first four outings of the season.

His ERA is certainly bloated compared to last season, but even worse, it’s his peripheral stats that are lacking this year. It’s obviously a small sample size, but he’s struck out as many as he’s walked with 14 strikeouts and 14 walks over 20 2/3 innings. He’s also served up four home runs after giving up just nine all of last season.

Liriano has always had trouble with walks, but last year he helped make up for it by striking out 201 batters over 191 2/3 innings, while walking 58.

His strikeout rate is down this season, and a big culprit could be that he’s suffering from a dip in fastball velocity, as it averaged 93.7 mph last year and is at 92.1 mph this year, according to FanGraphs.

It’s still early, so he could regain velocity as the season goes along, but it’ll be interesting to see if he can bounce back and repeat his numbers from his impressive 2010 campaign.

UPDATE: Delmon Young was a late scratch from the lineup, as he said he couldn’t get loose during batting practice. Matt Tolbert is now in the lineup, playing second base and batting ninth. Michael Cuddyer shifts from first base to right field, Jason Kubel from right field to left field and Luke Hughes from second base to first base. Additionally, Jim Thome (oblique) and Jason Repko (quad) are also unavailable tonight, leaving backup catcher Steve Holm as the lone option off the bench.

Twins lineup vs. Rays (7:10 p.m. start at Target Field)

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Alexi Casilla, SS
3. Jason Kubel, LF
4. Justin Morneau, DH
5. Michael Cuddyer, RF
6. Danny Valencia, 3B
7. Drew Butera, C
8. Luke Hughes, 1B
9. Matt Tolbert, 2B

LHP Francisco Liriano (1-3, 7.40 ERA, 20 2/3 IP, 14 K, 14 BB, 6.38 FIP)

Rays lineup

1. Sam Fuld, LF
2. Johnny Damon, DH
3. Justin Upton, CF
4. Ben Zobrist, RF
5. Sean Rodriguez, 2B
6. Felipe Lopez, 3B
7. Kelly Shoppach, C
8. Dan Johnson, 1B
9. Reid Brignac, SS

RHP Wade Davis (2-2, 2.73 ERA, 26 1/3 IP, 10 K, 8 BB, 3.80 FIP)

Game 9 vs. A’s: Cuddyer to second base

It’s obvious the Twins are doing just about anything they can to generate offense in the early going this season.

It’s certainly the case with today’s lineup with Michael Cuddyer getting his first start at second base since 2005, which gets his bat in there along with left-handed hitters Jason Kubel and Jim Thome against A’s right-hander Brandon McCarthy.

It’ll be interesting to see how Cuddyer does defensively at second, but Ron Gardenhire seemed comfortable with him as an option there, even if he’s not going to display too much range out there.

The Twins’ lineup does look more potent with the move, however, and so we’ll see if it can jump-start this sluggish offense. Gardenhire sure seemed to think so in his media session before Sunday’s game.

“You take a lineup like today, we’re pretty thick all the way up and down it,” Gardenhire said. “So, we’ve got some good hitters. It’s just a matter of time we start whacking the ball.”

Gardenhire also said no one is too worried about the slow start offensively, as the offense was the last thing the club was concerned about coming out of Spring Training.

“Is it frustrating for everybody? Yes, because we have very good hitters,” Gardenhire said. “But I’m not one of these, ‘Oh my goodness, what are we going to do?’ kind of things. I like our guys when they walk to the plate, I like the chance that we have every time we walk to the plate.”

Lineups for the 1:10 p.m. CT start at Target Field

Twins (3-5)

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Joe Mauer, C
3. Justin Morneau, 1B
4. Jim Thome, DH
5. Delmon Young, LF
6. Jason Kubel, RF
7. Michael Cuddyer, 2B
8. Danny Valencia, 3B
9. Alexi Casilla, SS

RHP Scott Baker (0-1, 6.00 ERA, 6 IP, 1.00 K/BB, 8.54 FIP)

A’s (3-5)

1. David DeJesus, CF
2. Daric Barton, 1B
3. Josh Willingham, LF
4. Hideki Matsui, DH
5. Ryan Sweeney, RF
6. Mark Ellis, 2B
7. Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B
8. Landon Powell, C
9. Cliff Pennington, SS

RHP Brandon McCarthy (0-0, 4.50 ERA, 8 IP, 2.00 K/BB, 2.91 FIP)

New York, New York

It’s no secret that the Yankees haven’t been kind to the Twins in recent years.

After all, the Twins have gone just 2-11 against the Yankees the last two seasons, including a 1-6 record at Yankee Stadium. And Twins fans certainly don’t have to be reminded that the Yankees swept the Twins out of the postseason each of the last two years.

But Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, who has a career regular-season record of 4-25 against the Yankees in New York, preferred not to talk about his club’s struggles against the Yankees before Monday night’s game.

“We’re working our way back to the Minnesota area,” Gardenhire joked. “It’s just another stopover.”

The Twins will see a new face on the mound, however, as rookie right-hander Ivan Nova is set to start for the Yankees after posting a 1.80 ERA over 20 innings in Spring Training.

He made a one-inning relief appearance against the Twins last year on May 16, but Denard Span and Joe Mauer are the only current Twins who faced him that day. Gardenhire, however, did say the Twins read scouting reports and watched video on Nova to get ready for the game and called him a Yankees “super-prospect.”

So it’ll be interesting to see how the Twins do against Nova with another new lineup, as Michael Cuddyer was benched in favor of Jason Kubel in right field with Jim Thome getting the start at designated hitter to give the Twins more of a left-handed look.

Lineups for the 6:05 p.m. CT start at Yankee Stadium

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Tsuyoshi Nishioka, 2B
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Delmon Young, LF
6. Jim Thome, DH
7. Jason Kubel, RF
8. Danny Valencia, 3B
9. Alexi Casilla, SS

RHP Scott Baker

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, RF
Jorge Posada, DH
Curtis Granderson, CF
Russell Martin, C

RHP Ivan Nova RHP