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Carroll makes season debut in right

By Sheldon Published: August 15, 2009

  For the first time this season, Jamey Carroll played the outfield, starting the game in right Saturday. [ep
   Making one's outfield debut in the Metrodome is not the easiest thing to do. However, Carroll played right flawlessly and also made a relay to the plate after catching a fly ball to hold a runner at third. [ep
   ""It was definitely a challenge,'' Carroll said. ""It's a little tougher in the daytime, because the roof is lighter. And it doesn't need to be any tougher than it already is.'' [ep
   Why did Carroll play the outfield? [ep
 ""Trevor (Crowe) has a little right side oblique soreness,' manager Eric Wedge said. ""I talked to him this morning, and he said it felt a lot better.'' [ep
   Nevertheless, Crowe is not assured of starting today. [ep
   ""With the off day Monday, it makes more sense for him (to sit) today,'' Wedge said. ""But we'll see tomorrow.'' [ep
   Before Saturday, Carroll had started 47 games, 37 at second base and 10 at third. [ep
   WHAT TO DO -- For the season against the Tribe, Joe Mauer is batting .581 with 11 RBI, and Justin Morneau is hitting .318 with 11 RBI. [ep
   ""I would say both those guys are freaks of nature,'' David Huff said. ""Mauer is a little more disciplined. He has a better sense of the strike zone. But you have to try to get him to swing at something out of the zone. [ep
   ""Morneau is a little more aggressive. But you just have to battle and hope they don't hit a home run or that they don't come up with guys on base. You just can't let those guys beat you.'' [ep
   DOME DAYS DIMIINISH -- The sign in left field reads: ""Countdown to outdoor baseball.'' [ep
   Once this season is over, in 22 more home games, the Twins will end their tenure at the Metrodome and move into Target Field, which will not be covered by a roof. [ep
   Asked his feelings about the dome, Wedge said, ""This is a tough place to play. It's been a great home field advantage for a lot of years. I won't be disappointed to leave.'' [ep
   REMEMBERING -- Today is the 89th anniversary of Tribe shortstop Ray Chapman being hit in the head with a pitch thrown by the Yankees' Carl Mays, leading to the only on-field death in the history of the majors. Chapman suffered a fractured skull and died the next day, Aug. 17, 1920. [ep
  The Indians went on to win their first World Series against the Dodgers. [ep
  FARM FACTS -- Matt LaPorta homered twice and singled twice, driving in two runs, but Columbus lost to Indianapolis 14-5. LaPorta lifted his average to .306. *elip Cord Phelps homered nd singled, driving in three runs, as Kinston beat Salem 6-4. Adam Davis had three hits and Tim Fedroff doubled twice and had one RBI. Bryan Price gave up one run in six innings. *elip Bo Greenwell, Delvi Cid and Roberto Perez each had two hits.  [ep

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