Ron Gardenhire sticks with his regulars for Game 3 vs. Yanks

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Twins manager Ron Gardenhire hinted at possibly using Alexi Casilla in place of J.J. Hardy or Danny Valencia with the team facing elimination in Game 3 against the Yankees tonight, but he has all of his regulars in there against Phil Hughes (via Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune).

Denard Span, CF
Orlando Hudson, 2B
Joe Mauer, C
Jason Kubel, RF
Delmon Young, LF
Jim Thome, DH
Michael Cuddyer, 1B
Danny Valencia, 3B
J.J. Hardy, SS

The lefty-heavy Twins weren’t able to muster much in the way of offense against southpaws CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte over the first two games of the series, but they should be a bit more comfortable Phil Hughes tonight. 17 of the 25 home runs that Hughes allowed during the regular season came against left-handed batters. Unsurprisingly, opposing batters had a 754 OPS against Hughes at the hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium this season compared to a 624 OPS on the road.   

Blue Jays prospect Bo Bichette broke his hand

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The Athletic’s Robert Murray reports that Blue Jays prized shortstop prospect Bo Bichette suffered a broken left hand after being hit by a pitch in last night’s Buffalo Bisons game. He will seek a second opinion on the diagnosis, but it sure does sound like he’ll be out for a while.

Bichette has not gotten the kind of ink fellow prospect and fellow MLB legacy Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has received, but he came into the 2019 season as, roughly, a top-10 MLB prospect. On the young season so far he was hitting .250/.310/.404 with one home run, but in parts of four minor league seasons he’s hit .325/.382/.516 and was Minor League Baseball’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2017.