Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Torii Hunter Finally Moved to Cleanup Position

Nine games out of first place, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire finally moved Torii Hunter from No. 5 to the cleanup spot, and dropped Rondell White at DH to No. 8 in the batting order. Hunter, hitting .202, responded with a pair of hits, but the Twins lost to the Mariners 8-2, and it wasn't really that close. Twins pitchers gave up 20 hits. Monday was German night at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, and while fans wore their lederhosen, the players continued wearing pantyhosen. The Twins have lost four in a row, eight of their last 10 and are 3-12 on the road. If the Twins are unable to dig out of their hole, expect Hunter to be traded, perhaps as soon as the All-Star break.