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Updated: April 20th, 2010 7:41pm
Twins happy to see old friend Mike Redmond

Twins happy to see old friend Mike Redmond

by Phil Mackey
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins have welcomed an old friend to Target Field this week.

Indians catcher Mike Redmond, who backed up Joe Mauer from 2005-2009, is now the backup catcher in Cleveland. He's also the personal catcher for starting pitcher Fausto Carmona, who the Twins will not face in this series.

"I miss the guy," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said, after running into Redmond before batting practice. "Everything he brought to the table here, you miss the guy. He's one of the funniest guys I've ever been around in my entire life. I'm glad for him. He's in the big leagues here with another ball club, and hopefully he doesn't kill us."

In five seasons with the Twins, Redmond batted .297/.339/.359 with two home runs and 106 RBI. He was also one of the most popular and likeable guys in the clubhouse.

"It'd be nice to grab a beer with the guy," Nick Punto said. "But Red's kind of old school."

Michael Cuddyer said on Sunday that he wants to throw Redmond out at first base on a ball hit to right field. Redmond, a right-handed hitter, is known for hitting soft little flares to opposite field.

He is not known for his blazing speed. To say the least.

"Mike better be aware," Gardenhire joked.

If Redmond sees action against the Twins this week, it will most likely be as a pinch hitter.

Then again, don't put it past ol' "Red Dogg" to pull a prank on his old teammates before the series is over.

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