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9/13 PREGAME NOTES: Lamet v. Santana, Sano Update, Rotation Set for Toronto

Posted by Brandon Warne , 13 September 2017 · 629 views

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It’s sunny, hazy and extremely warm as the Minnesota Twins prepare to try take a two-game sweep against the visiting San Diego Padres at Target Field. It’ll be a pair of electric righties doing battle, as the Twins send Ervin Santana to the bump while the Padres will counter with Dinelson Lamet.

Manager Paul Molitor is not expecting any kind of bleed from Tuesday night’s 16-0 win into Wednesday’s game, but he also doesn’t expect that facing a distinctly different pitcher will matter too much, either.

“You never assume it’ll carry over,” Molitor said. “We — somewhat ironically — just had a game similar to that one on the last homestand, and we came back the next day and were a bit challenged offensively. The Royals ended up winning the game after that 17-0 game.”

Molitor said the team had a nice celebration after the game for Niko Goodrum’s first MLB hit and Gabriel Moya’s first MLB appearance, but it’s time to turn the page heading into Wednesday’s game.

“Today’s a new day,” Molitor said. “There’s a good pitcher on the mound for the Padres, and Ervin is hopefully going to give us a chance like he almost always does, and we can find a way to complete the two-game sweep.”

The Twins have also set up their rotation for the upcoming series against the Blue Jays, and it’ll be as follows:

Thursday – Jose Berrios
Friday – Bartolo Colon (on Big Sexy night, no less)
Saturday – Adalberto Mejia
Sunday – Kyle Gibson

“I wanted to keep Jose and Colon on their regular turns,” Molitor said. “That was something I thought made sense, given the fact that they’ve both thrown the ball well. With Mejia, he’s done some good things for us this year. His rehab has been efficient. He’s proven that he’s ready to come back and hopefully help us. And (Saturday) is really the first day that I need to slot someone in without (Aaron) Slegers being in the rotation.”

Miguel Sano again took early batting practice for the Twins, but didn’t do much running around, Molitor said. “I think he was a little sore from the work yesterday,” Molitor said, so the team opted to give him a day off from that. Sano is making progress, Molitor noted, but there’s still no timeline and his return is not what the manager would term as “imminent.”

To that end, it feels like he’s at least a week away. “We’re just hoping each day that we get a little bit closer,” Molitor said.

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