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Still waiting for it to come down

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire talks a lot about the "baseball gods."  He joked following his team's 9-1 loss at the Trop that his players were still waiting for the ball that Carlos Pena planted in the catwalk above home plate to come down. The classic photo in the paper today was befuddled Twins catcher Joe Mauer looking up for the ball.

And sure enough, when the Twins came out for their pregame stretch moments ago, most players were still looking to the sky, pointing to the spot where they thought Pena's ball disappeared. Having played years in the Metrodome with the giant baggy in right field, the Twins have had their share of home-dome bounces, but this time they're still waiting for an answer from up above.

On to game three of this series. In Rays are in third place for the first time since August, 2004 and can take a series from the Twins for just the second time in the past six years.

Today's lineup will look slightly differet, with Joe Maddon giving Delmon Young his first day off of the season and rewarding Jonny Gomes' early work with a start in RF. Also, Elijah Dukes will be in center, giving Rocco Baldelli DH duties.

The full lineup:
Baldelli, DH
Dukes, CF
Crawford, LF
Wigginton, 3B
Upton, 2B
Pena, 1B
Gomes, RF
Navarro, C
Harris, SS

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:31am]


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