Angels going for the sweep tonightMinnesota Sports
-- Los Angeles' Howie Kendrick and Torii Hunter both blasted solo homers to back a complete-game shutout from Jerome Williams as the Angels shut out the Twins 4-0 last night in Anaheim.
ANAHEIM, Calf. - Los Angeles' Howie Kendrick and Torii Hunter both blasted solo homers to back a complete-game shutout from Jerome Williams as the Angels shut out the Twins 4-0 last night.
Williams struck out six and allowed just three hits and a walk on 109 pitches to improve to 2-and-1 on the season. Hunter added an RBI single for the Halos, who have won three-of-four on the heels of a five-game slide. Denard Span registered two of the Twins' three total hits in defeat.
Francisco Liriano gave up all four runs through five-and-a-third frames to fall to 0-4. The same two teams play tonight.
The Twins got a dose of good news yesterday, when an MRI revealed no structural damage to the sore left wrist of slugger Justin Morneau. Team officials say the injured wrist is simply inflamed and has a fluid buildup. Morneau is expected to return to the west coast as soon as today and be ready to play by Friday in Seattle. Morneau was taken out of Monday's 4-3 loss in Anaheim and did not play in last night's 4-0 loss to the Angels.
With catcher Joe Mauer still suffering from an ailing knee, the Twins called up reserve catcher Drew Butera from Class AAA Rochester prior to last night's game. Manager Ron Gardenhire says the move is to provide some insurance at the catcher position since Mauer's sore knee doesn't allow him to catch. To make room on the roster, Minnesota designated Sean Burroughs for assignment.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire will not manage his club during their upcoming three-game series at Seattle. Instead, the 54-year-old skipper will be attending his daughter's graduation at Southwest Minnesota State this weekend. Bench coach Scott Ulger will serve as field manager in Gardenhire's place.