ALDS Game 2 lineups: Gardenhire says it's 'almost a do or die type thing'
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MINNEAPOLIS -- After losing a three-run lead and falling 6-4 to the New York Yankees in Game 1 of the ALDS, the Minnesota Twins turn to veteran Carl Pavano in hopes of avoiding an 0-2 hole.
Pavano has a rich history with the Bronx Bombers, and he has pitched well in his previous two playoff starts against them as well -- 15 innings, three earned runs, 13 strikeouts and zero walks.
He will face left-hander Andy Pettitte, who will make his 41st-career postseason start (18-9, 3.90 ERA with 164 strikeouts, 71 walks and 29 home runs allowed in 249 innings).
"I mean, we were hoping we would be going for 2-0 with Frankie, if he dominated, which he threw the ball very well and just didn't finish it off," Gardenhire said. "But, you know, your back-up plan is always if you don't win Game 1 against Sabathia, we have a stabilizer -- a guy that's not going to get overwhelmed by it in a huge game today, like this is a huge game, and that's kind of why we stuck Carl in there because of that.
"He will handle himself."
ALDS Game 2 lineups:
Twins (with career numbers vs. Pettitte, including postseason)
CF Denard Span (14 PA, .333/.385/.417)
2B Orlando Hudson (21 PA, .263/.333/.316)
C Joe Mauer (21 PA, .300/.333/.450, 1 HR, 4 RBI)
LF Delmon Young (21 PA, .524/.524/.667, 3 2B, 4 RBI)
DH Jim Thome (39 PA, .257/.316/.486, 2 HR, 6 RBI)
1B Michael Cuddyer (22 PA, .381/.409/.619, 1 HR)
RF Jason Kubel (7 PA, .000/.143/.000, 4 K)
3B Danny Valencia (never faced Pettitte)
SS J.J. Hardy (15 PA, .067/.067/.200, 1 3B)
RHP Carl Pavano
Yankees (with career numbers vs. Pavano, including postseason)
SS Derek Jeter (18 PA, .278/.278/.444, 3 2B)
CF Curtis Granderson (21 PA, .286/.286/.286)
1B Mark Teixeira (12 PA, .222/.333/.556, 1 HR, 5 RBI)
3B Alex Rodriguez (6 PA, .333/.333/.833, 1 HR)
2B Robinson Cano (8 PA, .000/.000/.000)
RF Nick Swisher (8 PA, .125/.125/.125, 7 K)
C Jorge Posada (9 PA, .250/.333/.625, 1 HR)
DH Lance Berkman (12 PA, .333/.500/.889, 1 HR, 2 2B)
LF Brett Gardner (6 PA, .167/.167/.167)
LHP Andy Pettitte