MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -The Minnesota Twins were missing two of their best hitters, Torii Hunter and Michael Cuddyer, to injuries for Thursday's game against Detroit, thanks to one play from the night before.
With Cuddyer on first base in the fourth inning on Wednesday, Hunter hit a groundball to shortstop. Cuddyer's hard slide enabled Hunter to beat the relay throw and avoid a double play, but the right fielder hurt his right thumb while Tigers second baseman Placido Polanco forced him out and made the pivot.
Seconds later, All-Star center fielder Hunter suffered a mild strain of his left hamstring while running through first base. He left the game, but was feeling fine Thursday and told manager Ron Gardenhire he could pinch hit.
Cuddyer was originally in the lineup, but scratched about a half-hour before the first pitch. Garrett Jones moved from left field to right, and Jason Kubel was inserted in left.

Top MLB Public Bets

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Red Sox shoot for another win over Royals With its stalwart second baseman leading the way, Boston broke out of an ill-timed funk last night. What will Dustin Pedroia do for...
Thumbnail Dodgers' Seager continues to victimize Cubs   The Dodgers’ Corey Seager is one of the hottest players in the majors right now. But does a wily veteran hold the key to slowing down the 22-year-old...
Thumbnail Braves vs. Giants Prediction Can the under cash once more for bettors when the Braves visit the Giants at 4:05PM ET this afternoon?
Thumbnail A's have opportunity to steal series from Cards Oakland’s 13-21 mark vs. lefty starters is the worst in the American League. Still, the sheer unpredictability of Jaime Garcia gives Bob Melvin’s...
Thumbnail Mariners vs. White Sox Prediction Will the Mariners at least earn a split against the White Sox with a win today at 2:10PM ET in Chicago?
More inMLB Articles  

MLB Team Pages