RON GARDENHIRE: No, not going to
happen. I am not going to risk this young man. I
was actually preparing myself for this whole
conversation so that's why I am answering this
Is there any chance he can talk you
out of it?
RON GARDENHIRE: No. Just talking
with him, the whole package, knowing what he
threw on the mound out there. I went into the
bullpen and he is sore. I mean, he has been sore
for a while, you know, with his hip and his shoulder
and his back, you know, back in the back here
(indicating) and down through his knee. It's just
been there, and that's because of all the innings he
has pitched, and I'm not going to press the issue
and let him pitch, and we have talked about that
and it's just not the right thing to do.
RON GARDENHIRE: Yes, same lineup.
Tyner is going to DH and Radke is pitching, and
the rest of the guys are as-is.
Will you have a quicker hook with
Brad in this situation?
RON GARDENHIRE: I think I just got to
play the game and see how it goes. You can't get
behind too much here. You can't let the game get
out of hand, so we will gauge it just like you would
last game of the World Series, because it is the
last game if we lose, so we have to play it, you
know, as according, and we are going to try to do
everything we can to win the baseball game, and
we will let Radke go out there and hopefully it won't
come to having to make a big decision early and
jerk him out of there if it's not going good.
Hopefully he will go out there and do what
we want him to do and that's throw the ball good.
Haren dominated you as much as
anyone this year. How do you feel going into
today's game against him?
RON GARDENHIRE: Haren threw the ball
very well, and I think that was the Liriano game,
also, so there was a lot of sidebars with him
throwing when Liriano threw the ball good for a
couple innings, comes out of the ballgame, so I'm
not taking anything away from what he did, he
dominated us, he gets ahead in the count, and he
eats you up with that splitter, and he did that very
well to us last time, so I think we got some hits off
him early in the year, I do believe, and he is a good
pitcher. He has got great stuff.
Just like talk to some of our hitters and
they will tell you, we have watched all the film on
him, looked at all the numbers, and the counts,
and where he is really successful at, but what
counts, you have to play the game.
We have talked about trying to make
pitchers work more, but if you are constantly
behind 0-1, 0-2 on pitchers, so how do you attack
them? We go out there and try to get a good pitch
to hit, get a good swing on it, and see what
What things would make Carlos
Silva successful against this team in Game 4?
RON GARDENHIRE: Carlos is going to
attack the strike zone. The one thing he did this
last outing against the White Sox, which is a very
good lineup, and a good team, is he used a new
little splitter changeup that he has got going, and
that was good. He kept it down, he changed
speeds and he located, and it made his sinker
better, actually, throwing that pitch, and his sinker
was diving pretty good.
As a matter of fact, Redmond and Joe
Mauer, watching him, they thought that was
probably one of the better games that he had
movement. And they were watching the video in
the back and one of them was catching him and -- I
think it might have been Redmond catching him
that day, but they were saying that's as good of
movement as he has had in a while, and that's
good stuff, we need to hear that.
He is a bulldog. He will go out there and
give you everything he has, and I think he has
learned a lot about things like that this year, so his
heart is in the right place this year, and he is an
attacker, and that's all we can go by.
He has got the history and, hopefully, he
will go out there and attack. We just got to get him
the ball. That would be good.
RON GARDENHIRE: Well, I think Carlos
coming out of spring training, pitching the World
games out of the bullpen, that started it off as
being a little behind, as far as where he needed to
be. Our spring manager set it up for all the
different things Rick (Anderson) does with guys,
and he missed some of that stuff and never really
recovered from it.
Really, his sinker hasn't been the same
this year, and that's due to just not being able to
figure it out himself. You can sit there and say,
well, he was in the bullpen, but that only lasts so
long. He just really never had his good sinker this
year, and it was probably due to arm speed or his
release or something.
He tried a lot of different things but it just
didn't work out for him. Pitchers go through that,
just not his year. Balls that were hit at people last
year were going through holes. Sometimes you
just live with it, but what we need out of him now --
it doesn't matter what's happened in the past, you
have to go out and get people out, and that's the
way it is for all of our pitchers.
Ron, what, if anything, do you tell
these guys today before the game being down
RON GARDENHIRE: I am going to use
the Rudy stuff, stand up on the chair, and you got
to fight, fight, fight, and if they hit you, knock you
down, you got to get back up and go, go, go.
This team has been down. Honestly, we
have been knocked around before, so these guys
are in the clubhouse right now, they are pretty
loose, and we are going to go out there and we are
going to give them everything we have, just like we
have all year long.
And I read a comment by Macha, "If you
have to start telling these guys what they got to do
now, it's probably a little late." Sure, I will say
something pumping them up. I like the Rudy stuff
that I do. But it's going out there, relaxing, and
getting a couple big hits early, and if we do that,
we will be okay.
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