Two former Twins played major roles in the White Sox beating Minnesota 4-3 last night at Target Field. Chicago’s A.J. Pierzynski smacked a two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning to snap a 2-2 tie and push the Sox to a win. Former Twin Francisco Liriano struck out eight over six innings in his White Sox debut, but did not get a decision in the contest. Denard Span went 4-for-5 with an RBI for the Twins, who saw a four-game winning streak stopped. Nick Blackburn went eight innings in a no-decision. Jeff Gray was charged with the loss. The two teams wrap up their three-game series with a matinee game today in Minneapolis. Coverage begins at 12:30pm on 860 AM KNUJ.
The Twins made no moves prior to yesterday’s Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline. There were numerous reports that teams had inquired about the availability of Justin Morneau, Denard Span, Josh Willingham, and Glen Perkins, but Minnesota chose to stand pat and not do any maneuvering. Any trade involving Morneau would have been complicated with his large salary. The next trade deadline is at the end of this month, and any player being traded in August must first clear waivers. Morneau would once again be a candidate for a trade, as he will almost certainly pass waivers. Span, Perkins, and Willingham would likely not clear waivers in August.