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Open Thread: 9.21.06 vs Minnesota

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Starting Pitchers

Minnesota: Johan Santana (18-5), 2.77 ERA, .98 WHIP.
Boston: Josh Beckett (15-10), 5.02 ERA, 1.32 WHIP.

Starting Lineups

Minnesota:

1. Luis Castillo, 2B
2. Nick Punto, 3B
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Michael Cuddyer, RF
5. Justin Morneau, 1B
6. Torii Hunter, CF
7. Rondell White, LF
8. Jason Tyner, DH
9. Jason Bartlett, SS

Boston:

1. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
2. Mark Loretta, 1B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Mike Lowell, 3B
5. Trot Nixon, RF
6. Jason Varitek, C
7. Carlos Pena, LF
8. Gabe Kapler, CF
9. Alex Gonzalez, SS

Notes

  • At the beginning of the season, a September battle between Beckett and Santana would have seemed very exciting. Now the Sox are out of playoff contention and Beckett has kinda sucked, so...
  • Crisp is out of the lineup because he's having his finger checked by a specialist
  • The other Pena will get a start in the outfield. He's never played there at the major league level before.
  • Papi's 50th home run ball will be auctioned off to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the Plaza de la Salud Hospital de Ni?os in the Dominican.