Results tagged ‘ Tsuyoshi Nishioka ’

DH batting eighth, first baseman batting ninth? (Game 69 vs Padres)

MINNEAPOLIS — It’s not every day you see the designated hitter batting eighth and the first baseman batting ninth.

But that’s exactly what the Twins are doing against the Padres tonight, as Rene Tosoni is the DH and is batting eighth, and Luke Hughes is at first and batting ninth.

Catcher Joe Mauer and shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka remain in the same order as last night, with Mauer batting third and Nishioka hitting seventh.

Padres (30-41)

1. Chris Denorfia, RF
2. Jason Bartlett, SS
3. Chase Headley, 3B
4. Ryan Ludwick, LF
5. Brad Hawpe, DH
6. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
7. Nick Hundley, C
8. Will Venable, CF
9. Alberto Gonzalez, 2B

RHP Tim Stauffer (2-4, 3.28 ERA, 3.11 FIP, 2.96 K/BB)

Twins (29-39)

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

RHP Scott Baker (4-4, 3.55 ERA, 3.93 FIP, 3.39 K/BB)

The return of Joe Mauer (Game 68 vs Padres)

MINNEAPOLIS — Joe Mauer is back in the lineup for the first time since April 12, and is batting third against Padres left-hander Clayton Richard.

Mauer, who missed 57 games with bilateral leg weakness, faced the left-hander five times back in 2008 when Richard was with the White Sox, going 2-for-5 with an RBI.

With Mauer returning to action, shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka slid down to seventh in the batting order after batting third on Thursday and going 1-for-4 with an infield single.

Friday night’s game also marks the first of 15 straight Interleague games for the Twins, who also play the Giants, Brewers and Dodgers in Interleague action.

Padres (30-40)

1. Chris Denorfia, RF
2. Jason Bartlett, SS
3. Chase Headley, 3B
4. Ryan Ludwick, DH
5. Cameron Maybin, CF
6. Jesus Guzman, LF
7. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
8. Nick Hundley, C
9. Alberto Gonzalez, 2B

LHP Clayton Richard (2-8, 4.06 ERA, 4.11 FIP, 1.40 K/BB)

Twins (28-39)

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

LHP Brian Duensing (3-6, 4.98 ERA, 3.74 FIP, 2.00 K/BB)

Nishioka activated from the DL (Game 66 vs White Sox)

MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins activated infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka from the 60-day disabled list before today’s game against the White Sox, but he was held out of the starting lineup with the plan to start him at shortstop tomorrow.

Nishioka missed 59 games with a fractured left fibula suffered on April 7 when Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher slid into him at second base while trying to break up a double play. He replaced first baseman Justin Morneau on the 25-man roster after he was placed on the 15-day DL with a left wrist strain on Tuesday. Left-hander Dusty Hughes was outrighted to Triple-A Rochester roster to make room for Nishioka on the 40-man roster.

“He’s active for the game and I can use him, so I told him I might pinch-hit him late in the game or whatever,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “But he’ll be in the lineup tomorrow.”

As part of his rehab process, Nishioka played in extended Spring Training before playing four games with Single-A Fort Myers and three games with Triple-A Rochester. He batted a combined .333 with a .448 on-base percentage in the Minors, while playing shortstop in all seven games.

But Nishioka, who began the year as the Twins’ starting second baseman before his injury, worked out at both second and short during his rehab stint. Gardenhire said he expects him to be the club’s starting shortstop moving forward with Alexi Casilla shifting to second base.

“I felt really comfortable playing shortstop so I told Gardy that I’m comfortable at any position — second or shortstop,” Nishioka said through translator Ryo Shinkawa. “Whatever he decides, I’ll be comfortable playing it.”

Nishioka will also be playing in his first game at Target Field, as he was injured before the Twins’ first home game of the season on April 8.

“I was looking forward to playing in front of the fans at Target Field so it will be special for me,” Nishioka said.

Here are the lineups for both teams for Wednesday’s 7:05 p.m. CT start at Target Field.

WHITE SOX (33-35)

1. Juan Pierre, CF
2. Alexei Ramirez, SS
3. Carlos Quentin, RF
4. Paul Konerko, 1B
5. A.J. Pierzynski, C
6. Alex Rios, CF
7. Adam Dunn, DH
8. Gordon Beckham, 2B
9. Brent Morel, 3B

RHP Gavin Floyd (6-5, 3.89 ERA, 3.81 FIP, 3.00 K/BB)

TWINS (26-39)

1. Ben Revere, CF
2. Alexi Casilla, SS
3. Michael Cuddyer, RF
4. Delmon Young, DH
5. Luke Hughes, 1B
6. Danny Valencia, 3B
7. Brian Dinkelman, LF
8. Matt Tolbert, 2B
9. Drew Butera, C

RHP Carl Pavano (3-5, 4.54 ERA, 3.99 FIP, 1.83 K/BB)

Home Opener at Target Field

It’s almost impossible to put a damper on the home opener at Target Field.

The ballpark is amazingly beautiful, it’s packed full of fans and the weather couldn’t be any better today.

But at the same time, the effects of Tsuyoshi Nishioka’s injury could certainly be felt on his teammates and manager Ron Gardenhire.

It’s clear Nishioka was excited about playing here at Target Field for the first time, but now he’ll have to wait some time with his fractured bone in his lower left leg. He’s being evaluated by Dr. John Steubs today, and so we’ll get a better understanding of when he’ll return after today’s game.

But no matter how long Nishioka is out, the Twins have to move on and quickly, and it’s exactly what they’re doing with plenty of residual effects from Nishioka’s injury.

Second baseman Luke Hughes gets his first start of the season at second base, Joe Mauer is moving into the two-hole and Michael Cuddyer even took grounders at second in anticipation of seeing time there in Nishioka’s absence.

So it’ll be interesting to see how the Twins do moving forward now that Nishioka is likely out at least a month, or possibly even longer.

Anyways, here are the lineups for the Twins and A’s in the home opener at Target Field that’s set for a 3:10 p.m. CT start.

Twins

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

RHP Carl Pavano (0-1, 15.75 ERA, 13.45 FIP, 1.50 K/BB)

A’s

1. Coco Crisp, CF
2. Daric Barton, 1B
3. David DeJesus, RF
4. Josh Willingham, LF
5. Hideki Matsui, DH
6. Kurt Suzuki, C
8. Mark Ellis, 2B
5. Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B
9. Cliff Pennington, SS

LHP Brett Anderson (0-0, 1.50 ERA, 1.97 FIP, 5.00 K/BB)

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