Twins Not Worried About Game One Loss

In this edition of Inside the Dugout, we talk about the feeling inside the Minnesota clubhouse right now. We also take a look at the lineup for the Twins, as Jason Tyner gets the start instead of Phil Nevin. The Twins cannot lose both home games to start the best-of-five series, and Bonser will make sure that doesn't happen on Wednesday.

The Twins dropped Game one on Tuesday, which in most cases is the cardinal sin of the post-season. Almost 90 percent of the time, the team that wins game one of a best-of-five series wins the series. However, if Boof Bonser can secure a win on Wednesday, the Twins can take back home field advantage on Friday, and get themselves back in the driver's seat.

Bonser has been solid as of late for the Twins, as the rookie right-hander was recently named the Rookie of the Month for the month of September. Bonser was the "other" player taken in the A.J. Pierzynski trade, but now he has all of manager Ron Gardenhire's confidence. A clutch pitching performance on Wednesday could lock up his spot in the rotation in 2007.

But the Twins aren't looking to 2007 just yet, and they should pick up the win in Game two. The squandered numerous opportunities in game one, and that is not the kind of baseball that this team plays. If they can get the ball to Radke in Game three with the series tied at 1-1, there is no reason why the Twins can't come back and win this thing.

In other news, the Yankees lineup looked scary last night, and their bullpen looked shaky. That is how it is going to go for the Yankees this post-season, as Joe Torre has said that he is not going to use Mariano Rivera for more than one inning a game. And seriously, how good is Derek Jeter? The guy gets hit after hit in the post-season, and that is why the city of New York loves him, and hates Alex Rodriguez.

Inside the clubhouse in the Metrodome, there was no sign of giving up from the Twins, who made it their right of passage to overcome all obstacles this season. If the regular season is any indication, they will come back to win this series. Most player talked about lost opportunities, and reiterated that it is going to be a long series.

Today's starting lineup will read as follows:

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

Pretty much the same lineup, but with the right-hander throwing, Phil Nevin gets replaced by Jason Tyner. Tyner should provide spark in the bottom of the lineup like he has done all season for the Twins, and I think he is a better fit for the lineup in the post-season. One thing I have learned through the years is speed kills in the post-season, and with this lineup, I expect the Twins to score more than two runs.


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