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Open Thread: 9.21.06 vs Minnesota

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


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


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


  • 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.