Twins Daily: Michael Cuddyer sees one pitch in first All-Star Game
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In his first career All-Star Game appearance, Minnesota Twins outfielder Michael Cuddyer saw one pitch -- a fastball by San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson, which he popped into shallow right field for an out.
With the American League trailing 5-1, Cuddyer entered the game at first base as a defensive replacement for Miguel Cabrera, and he was due up to bat fourth in the top of the ninth inning. But a one-out throwing error by shortstop Starlin Castro allowed Carlos Quentin to reach safely, extending the inning.
Matt Joyce followed with a base hit to right field off right-hander Joel Hanrahan, prompting National League manager Bruce Bochy to summon Wilson, who Cuddyer doubled off on June 23 in San Francisco.
It wasn't meant to be on this night.
3: Most hits in an All-Star Game by a Twins hitter, set in 1964 by Harmon Killebrew.
7: The number of players in Twins franchise history who have tallied multiple hits in an All-Star Game -- Killebrew, Justin Morneau (2008), Kirby Puckett (1993), Rod Carew (1978), Tony Oliva (1967), Stan Spence (1944) and Joe Cronin (1934).
4: Twins players who have homered in an All-Star Game -- Puckett (1993) and Killebrew (three times).
• OF Denard Span (concussion) will likely visit with doctors on Wednesday in hopes of being cleared to begin a rehab assignment this weekend. Once cleared for a rehab assignment, Span would need 7-10 games with Triple-A Rochester before being activated, per manager Ron Gardenhire.
• OF Jason Kubel (sprained foot) will be re-evaluated after the All-Star break.
• RHP Scott Baker (strained right flexor muscle) is currently in line to rejoin the starting rotation on July 18 against the Indians.
• RHP Kevin Slowey (abdominal strain) will likely make one more rehab start after the All-Star break before the Twins are forced to officially option him to Triple-A.
Off day -- All-Star break
• Thursday: vs. Kansas City, 7:10 p.m. LHP Francisco Liriano (5-7, 5.06) vs. LHP Bruce Chen (5-2, 3.26).
• Friday: vs. Kansas City, 7:10 p.m. RHP Nick Blackburn (7-6, 4.24) vs. RHP Luke Hochevar (5-8, 5.46).
• Saturday: vs. Kansas City, 6:10 p.m. RHP Carl Pavano (6-6, 4.10) vs. LHP Jeff Francis (3-10, 4.60).