Updated: July 12th, 2011 10:33pm
Twins Daily: Michael Cuddyer sees one pitch in first All-Star Game

Twins Daily: Michael Cuddyer sees one pitch in first All-Star Game

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com
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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.

Numbers game

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).

Health report

• 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.

On deck

Off day -- All-Star break

Coming up

• 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).

Phil Mackey is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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