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jetrazor74
04-02-2008, 06:14 PM
Okay... so I'm basically a fairweather baseball fan, but hell, if the Brewers have their own thread here, then why not my Twinkies???? :laugh:

I'm basically starting this so hopefully if there's any other Twins fans here, they can keep me updated, because I don't get to see any games out here in WY and I'm too lazy to go check my self!!

:laugh: @ me!!

jetrazor74
04-04-2008, 11:03 AM
Twins drop finale to Angels
Late comeback falls short; Kubel delivers team's first '08 homer
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com

http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20080403&content_id=2487643&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=min

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins' first series of the season against the Angels was billed as Torii Hunter's Homecoming.
For the most part, the Twins were able to keep Hunter's offensive production to a minimum as he went just 3-for-16 over the four-game set. But Hunter couldn't leave town without at least one home run in the place he used to call home.

The former Twins center fielder belted his first homer of the season, a solo shot to lead off the seventh inning. Hunter's blast was one of three homers that propelled the Angels to a 5-4 victory over the Twins on Thursday afternoon.

It was the third straight win for Hunter and his new club and secured the series victory over the Twins.

"It felt backwards to be walking from the other dugout and coming into the stadium, walking into the other clubhouse," Hunter said. "It felt weird, but I got past it."

It was the Twins who couldn't get past the Angels. After pulling off a tight victory in the home opener, the club wasn't able to get anything going offensively until the sixth inning on Thursday.

And that was after the Twins had already fallen into yet another early hole.

Twins right-hander Kevin Slowey got off to a solid start, retiring the first six batters he faced, but he found trouble in the third. Slowey (0-1) gave up three runs on three hits in the inning, including a two-run homer by Gary Matthews Jr. to right field.

Slowey's start only got worse: He left the game with one out in the fourth inning due to a strained right biceps muscle. He was replaced by right-hander Brian Bass.

"We had to a put a little more pressure on our bullpen," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "That's a lot of innings out there."

Bass was able to keep the game at just a three-run deficit until the Twins' offense finally started to show signs of life in the sixth.

Angels starter Ervin Santana held the Twins to just one hit over the first five innings. But in the sixth, the club was finally able to get on the board. It came after a drought of 18 innings without a run, as the Twins had not scored since the fifth inning of Tuesday's contest.

Carlos Gomez led off the sixth with a bunt down the third-base line. A throwing error by Angels third baseman Chone Figgins advanced Gomez to second. Gomez appeared to have made it all the way to third on the error, but crew chief Charlie Reliford said that the ball went underneath the visitors' bullpen, and under the new rules that's a ground-rule double.

The Twins still managed to take advantage of the situation. Joe Mauer laced a double to the right-field corner off Santana, scoring Gomez. Mauer then scored two batters later on a Justin Morneau sacrifice fly to left field to make it a 3-2 game.

That one-run deficit wouldn't last long as Bass gave up a pair of solo shots in the top of the seventh - the one to Hunter and a two-out homer to catcher Mike Napoli. a two-out shot to catcher Mike Napoli. Those were the only two runs he allowed in his 3 1/3 innings of relief.

"That was a tough one," Gardenhire said of the two dingers. "We're right back in it, and [they get] a couple of tough ones before you can do anything."

The Twins still managed to make a late push, pulling within one run. Minnesota added a run in the seventh. With the bases loaded and one out, Mauer hit a sac fly to left that scored Brendan Harris from third. Jason Kubel hit the team's first home run of the season, a 408-foot solo shot, in the eighth.

But like the night before, in a 1-0 loss to the Angels, the Twins just couldn't come up with the big hit when it counted.

Pinch-hitter Matt Tolbert drew a one-out walk in the ninth off Angels closer Francisco Rodriguez. After Gomez struck out and Mauer was walked, Michael Cuddyer came to the plate with the opportunity to tie the game. But on a 3-2 count, Cuddyer struck out swinging on what appeared to be a curveball.

The Twins' Nos. 3-5 hitters went a combined 1-for-11 on Thursday, with a walk and just one RBI. And the feeling is that when those hitters come around, so will the team.

"The last three games we did not hit a lot," Gomez said. "The big guy in the lineup [Morneau], he is a little bit struggling now. But maybe later in the season, I know we can beat this team."

Dropping three out of their first four isn't the way the Twins wanted to start the season. But considering how close they were to making at least two of those losses victories, the Twins came out of the series vs. a tough Angels squad feeling optimistic about what the club can still do.

"This series could have gone either way," Gardenhire said. "One big hit today and maybe one last night too, and we're in a different situation. We gave ourselves a chance. If we keep staying after it, guys are going to learn on the go here and we'll get better and better.

"We're battling, and playing good baseball," Cuddyer added. "We put ourselves in a good situation to win. Unfortunately, we just didn't get it done. Hopefully, this just makes us a better team."

Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

KobeChamp24
04-06-2008, 12:08 AM
I'm an Angels fan but I enjoyed watching Carlos Gomez during that series. That guy is going to be very good. Twins need more pitching though.

jetrazor74
04-07-2008, 06:31 AM
I'm an Angels fan but I enjoyed watching Carlos Gomez during that series. That guy is going to be very good. Twins need more pitching though.


I think the Twins have been incredible, especially seeing as they don't have the money to go out and buy players. They've been competitive every year for the last 3 or 4 years, just using rookies and old vets!! :salute:

jetrazor74
04-07-2008, 06:35 AM
Boof lacks support in finale defeat
Righty turns in solid seven frames; Morneau goes deep
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com

http://twins.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20080406&content_id=2497762&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=min


MINNEAPOLIS -- The Royals came to Minnesota having swept the Tigers in a three-game series to start the season and holding onto first in the American League Central division.
It was enough to create a national buzz surrounding this upshot Royals club -- one that seemed to hit a quick end when the Twins took the first two games of the series

But on Sunday, the Twins got their first real glimpse of just how tough these "new-look" Royals can be.

One day after it had appeared that the Twins had broken out of a scoring slump by tallying a season-high six runs, the club saw its offense shut down -- this time by a strong Royals pitching performance -- in a 3-1 loss to Kansas City in the series finale at the Metrodome.

"You've got to tip your hat to the guys on the other side today," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "They didn't give us really too many opportunities. They played a little better and pitched a little better. This is a good Royals team with a lot of talent -- good young talent."

The Twins' offense managed to tag Royals starter Brett Tomko for six hits over his five innings, making him throw a total of 92 pitches over that span. But despite having a runner on base with fewer than two outs in each of Tomko's five innings, the Twins was unable to record a run in any of them.

"We made him work, but he made good pitches too," Gardenhire said. "He moved it in and out, and their bullpen came in and did a super job. They've got some guys that can really throw the ball."

The Twins did create some mistakes of their own. They grounded into two double plays, giving them an American League leading 15 on the season. They also had at least one miscue on the basepaths that proved costly.

With the Twins already trailing, 2-0, Carlos Gomez led off the third inning with a single to right field. But Gomez tried to stretch it into a double and was thrown out at second base by right fielder Jose Guillen.

It was a play that appeared to be a bit greedy, although Gardenhire applauded the effort of his young center fielder for trying to be aggressive. It was a play he felt could have been momentum-changing for the Twins had it been successful.

"I'd take that 10 times over watching a guy jog to first base and be satisfied with a single," Gardenhire said. "Our guy is trying to get to second base on plays like that and sometimes you get thrown out, but I'll take my chances every time."

The Twins' lone run came in the sixth after Tomko had departed. One day after belting his first homer of the season, first baseman Justin Morneau recorded his second. He crushed a two-out, solo shot into the upper deck seats in right field on the first pitch he saw from Royals left-hander Ron Mahay.

But offensively, that was as good as it would get for the Twins. The team managed to have just one hitter reach base over the final three innings, when Matt Tolbert doubled to left field with two outs in the eighth.

"It's one of those situations where you get one guy swinging and another guy not," Gardenhire said. "Once we get a little more consistency throughout the lineup, we should be fine. You see our starting pitching, they are stepping it up against some good lineups."

That was the case Sunday as the Twins had to watch another solid outing from their starting pitcher go wasted. Right-hander Boof Bonser gave up just three runs on eight hits over his seven innings. For the second straight outing, Bonser did not issue a walk, and he struck out four while throwing 91 pitches.

"Boof threw really well today. It's unfortunate that we couldn't score more runs for him," Morneau said.

That's been an early theme this season. The Twins have managed a total of just two runs in Bonser's two outings.

Still, the loss Sunday wasn't quite so disheartening. Coming off a series in which they took just one of four from the Angels at home, the Twins felt like they swung momentum in their direction by winning two of three from the Royals.

It's something they hope to carry with them as they head off on their first road trip of the year, a three-city stretch that includes Chicago, Kansas City and Detroit -- all division rivals. Despite having gone 3-4 in their first homestand, the players feel they are headed in the right direction.

"Obviously, [we] want to start off better than that, but I think we're ahead of Detroit right now and that's good," Morneau said. "After winning this series, you throw the first one out the window. And if we keep winning series, we're going to be where we want to be."

AL Central Standings:

TEAM W L % GB
Chicago 4 2 .667 -
Kansas City 4 2 .667 -
Cleveland 3 3 .500 1.0
Minnesota 3 4 .429 1.5
Detroit 0 6 .000 4.0


Minnesota Twins
Streaks: L1
Last 10: 3-4
Home: 3-4 Road: 0-0
Runs Scored: 19
Runs Against: 27

jetrazor74
04-08-2008, 08:08 AM
Twins suffer tough defeat in opener
Neshek takes the loss after allowing pivotal grand slam
By Kerry Walls / Special to MLB.com


Mike Lamb rips his second RBI double of the game in the fourth inning Monday. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)

CHICAGO -- In a launching pad like U.S. Cellular Field, broken-bat fly balls still have a chance to leave the yard.
So even though reliever Pat Neshek shattered Joe Crede's bat with an inside fastball in the seventh with two outs and the bases loaded, the White Sox third baseman was still strong enough to get the ball over the left-field fence for a tiebreaking grand slam in Chicago's 7-4 win over Minnesota on Monday.


Read the rest here! (http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20080407&content_id=2501385&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=min)



BOX SCORE

Minnesota (3-5)
Lost 2 Chi White Sox 7, Minnesota 4 Today's Boxes 4/7/08 PHI 5, CIN 3 CHC 10, PIT 8 BAL 5, SEA 4 SD 8, SF 4 HOU 5, STL 3 NYY 6, TB 1 FLA 10, WSH 7 COL 2, ATL 1 ARI 9, LAD 3 LAA 6, CLE 4
Chi White Sox (5-2)
Won 5
April 7, 2008
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4 10 0
Chi White Sox 1 0 0 1 0 0 5 0 X 7 11 0


Standings thru 4/7/08 | Recap: MIN | CWS | Gameday | Twins stats | White Sox stats

Minnesota AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Gomez, CF 5 1 1 0 0 2 3 .333
Span, RF 3 1 1 0 1 0 1 .200
Mauer, C 4 0 1 1 0 1 2 .308
Morneau, 1B 3 0 1 0 1 0 1 .222
Young, LF 4 0 1 1 0 1 3 .290
Kubel, DH 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 .227
Harris, 2B 3 1 1 0 0 1 2 .263
Lamb, 3B 4 0 2 2 0 0 0 .167
Everett, SS 3 0 0 0 0 2 2 .125
a-Tolbert, PH 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .500
Totals 34 4 10 4 2 8 16

a-Singled for Everett in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Lamb 2 (3, Vazquez, Vazquez), Harris (3, Vazquez).
TB: Gomez; Span; Mauer; Morneau; Young; Kubel; Harris 2; Lamb 4; Tolbert.
RBI: Mauer (5), Lamb 2 (3), Young (2).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gomez 2; Young; Harris.
S: Harris.
GIDP: Young; Gomez.
Team LOB: 6.

BASERUNNING
SB: Span (1, 2nd base off Vazquez/Pierzynski), Gomez (5, 2nd base off Vazquez/Pierzynski).


Chi White Sox AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Swisher, CF 4 1 1 1 1 1 2 .261
Cabrera, SS 5 0 1 0 0 0 3 .179
Thome, DH 4 1 1 1 1 2 1 .179
Konerko, 1B 4 1 1 0 0 2 2 .208
Dye, RF 4 1 2 1 0 1 2 .429
Pierzynski, C 4 0 1 0 0 1 4 .458
Quentin, LF 3 1 1 0 1 1 2 .316
Crede, 3B 4 2 2 4 0 0 1 .393
Uribe, 2B 3 0 1 0 1 0 1 .217
Totals 35 7 11 7 4 8 18

BATTING
2B: Swisher (1, Blackburn), Crede (2, Blackburn).
HR: Crede (2, 7th inning off Neshek, 3 on, 2 out).
TB: Swisher 2; Cabrera; Thome; Konerko; Dye 2; Pierzynski; Quentin; Crede 6; Uribe.
RBI: Thome (6), Swisher (3), Dye (4), Crede 4 (10).
2-out RBI: Crede 4.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Pierzynski; Cabrera; Quentin; Thome.
Team LOB: 8.

FIELDING
DP: 2 (Cabrera-Uribe-Konerko 2).




Minnesota IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Blackburn 5.0 7 2 2 2 5 0 2.25
Guerrier (H, 2)(L, 0-1) 1.1 1 2 2 2 1 0 5.40
Neshek (BS, 1) 0.2 3 3 3 0 1 1 6.75
Rincon 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 6.00
Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Vazquez (W, 1-1) 7.0 7 3 3 1 8 0 5.25
Linebrink 1.0 2 1 1 1 0 0 2.25
Jenks (S, 4) 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00


Pitches-strikes: Blackburn 90-62, Guerrier 31-17, Neshek 16-11, Rincon 9-7, Vazquez 98-67, Linebrink 25-18, Jenks 9-8.
Ground outs-fly outs: Blackburn 6-4, Guerrier 0-3, Neshek 1-0, Rincon 1-1, Vazquez 4-9, Linebrink 2-1, Jenks 3-0.
Batters faced: Blackburn 24, Guerrier 7, Neshek 5, Rincon 3, Vazquez 28, Linebrink 6, Jenks 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Neshek 2-2.
EjectionsChicago White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen ejected by HP umpire Phil Cuzzi. (3rd).
Umpires: HP: Phil Cuzzi. 1B: Jim Wolf. 2B: Ed Montague. 3B: Jerry Layne.
Weather: 53 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 17 mph, R to L.
T: 2:55.
Att: 38,082.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner

jetrazor74
04-09-2008, 11:41 AM
C'mon Twinkies!!! Tonight we're gonna SMOKE the white sox like a $2 cigar!!!!

http://www.baseball.com.au/site/baseball/image/fullsize/6779.jpg

jetrazor74
04-13-2008, 09:21 AM
Been gone for a couple of days, but here's the update!!


4-9-08 Min 12-5 over Chi Sox
http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/wrap.jsp?ymd=20080409&content_id=2508780&vkey=wrapup2005&fext=.jsp&team=away&c_id=min

4-10-08 Min-Chi Sox postponed

4-11-08 min 5-0 over KC
http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/wrap.jsp?ymd=20080411&content_id=2516333&vkey=wrapup2005&fext=.jsp&team=away&c_id=min

4-12-08 Min 2-0 over KC
http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/wrap.jsp?ymd=20080412&content_id=2521457&vkey=wrapup2005&fext=.jsp&team=away&c_id=min

Looks like we've gone on a 3 game winning streak!! :rockon:

AL Central standings:

Central W L Pct GB Home Road East Cent West Streak L10
Chi 6 4 .600 -- 2-2 4-2 0-0 6-4 0-0 Won 1 6-4
KC 6 5 .545 0.5 2-3 4-2 2-1 4-4 0-0 Lost 3 5-5
MN 6 5 .545 0.5 3-4 3-1 0-0 5-2 1-3 Won 3 5-5
Cle 4 7 .364 2.5 2-3 2-4 0-0 2-1 2-6 Lost 3 3-7
Det 2 9 .182 4.5 0-6 2-3 1-2 1-7 0-0 Lost 1 2-8


For anyone who actually reads this thread, I'm mainly keeping it up for me, so that hopefully I can get myself back into baseball, but feel free to contribute any points, positive or negative. thx!! :salute:

jetrazor74
04-14-2008, 06:48 AM
http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20080413&content_id=2524133&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=min

okay, so we didn't sweep the royals, but so far I think we've made a good showing in the AL Central.

jetrazor74
04-15-2008, 01:59 PM
Twins bullpen falters
http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/wrap.jsp?ymd=20080414&content_id=2527465&vkey=wrapup2005&fext=.jsp&team=away&c_id=min

well, we'll get it back against the tigers this evening!! :rockon:

jetrazor74
04-16-2008, 06:29 AM
welp.... lost another one.... how are we getting beat up by the team in the basement??? :(

http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/wrap.jsp?ymd=20080415&content_id=2531804&vkey=wrapup2005&fext=.jsp&team=away&c_id=min



AL Central Standings:

Central W L PCT GB
Chicago 8 5 .615 - -
Kansas City 8 6 .571 0.5
Minnesota 6 8 .429 2.5
Cleveland 5 9 .357 3.5
Detroit 4 10 .286 4.5

jetrazor74
04-20-2008, 09:04 AM
Alright....... we slpit one apiece with Tampa and so far we've split one a piece with the Indians. Hopefully we can beat Cleveland this afternoon and take a little step forward... :mad:

Currently we're still 3rd in the AL Central and 2.5 games back....

jetrazor74
04-22-2008, 05:55 AM
Morneau's RBI single wins it
Twins take series with walk-off win in 10th inning
By Mike Cook / Special to MLB.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- It's such a simple formula. Good pitching, defense and timely hitting are needed to win games.
And simple was just fine for the Twins on Sunday, as Scott Baker pitched seven strong innings, the bullpen posted three shutout frames, Carlos Gomez made a diving catch in center field and Justin Morneau's RBI single in the 10th inning lifted the Twins past the Indians, 2-1.

Click here for the full story. (http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20080420&content_id=2560001&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=min)

Nice win on Sunday!!! Great defense by Gomez who may very well be our defensive MVP so far!! And tonight we head to Oakland for a three game series against the Athletics. Let's SWEEP this one guys!!! :fight:

AL Central Standings:

Central W L PCT GB
Chicago 11 7 .611 - -
Kansas City 9 10 .474 2.5
Minnesota 9 10 .474 2.5
Cleveland 7 12 .368 4.5
Detroit 7 13 .350 5.0

jetrazor74
04-22-2008, 01:01 PM
c'mon Twins!!!

http://www.sportslogos.net/images/logos/53/65/full/1196.gif

DawgFanatic
04-22-2008, 01:09 PM
Francisco Lariano is a stud in mlb 2k8



Hopefully he gets healthy enough to where he was last year with johan before his injury. Looked bad last outing.

jetrazor74
04-23-2008, 09:17 AM
Francisco Lariano is a stud in mlb 2k8



Hopefully he gets healthy enough to where he was last year with johan before his injury. Looked bad last outing.

Unfortunately, I don't get ANY games where I'm at, so I have to rely on just what I can glean from the twins site, So it's hard for me to see how anyone looks!! :sad:

Although Craig Monroe was pretty hot last night!!! :rockon:

You can see his solo shot in the 7th here:

http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?mid=200804222572695

jetrazor74
04-23-2008, 09:33 AM
Monroe leads way as Twins down A's
DH goes 3-for-4, with three RBIs; Kubel drives in winning run
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com

http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20080422&content_id=2570094&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=min


OAKLAND -- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire had intended on starting Denard Span in right field and using Jason Kubel as his designated hitter on Tuesday night against the A's.
Then he looked at his players' career numbers off A's starter Joe Blanton.

Right away he noticed one line that stood out. Craig Monroe was 7-for-11 (.636) off the Oakland right-hander in his career.

And suddenly, Gardenhire's decision had changed. He moved Kubel into right field and started Monroe in the DH spot.

"Monroe, you look at the numbers and it's pretty simple," Gardenhire said before Tuesday's contest. "Pretty simple to say, 'Hey, something is going on there.'"

Gardenhire was right to assume that, as Monroe only made those numbers even more impressive with his performance on Tuesday night. Monroe went 3-for-4 with three RBIs as the Twins defeated the A's in the series opener, 5-4, at McAfee Coliseum.

All right boys, great win to move to within 1.5 of Chicago!! Let's sweep those A's! Great game for Craig Monroe!! :salute:


Standings:

Central W L PCT GB
Chicago 11 8 .579 - -
Minnesota 10 10 .500 1.5
Kansas City 9 11 .450 2.5
Cleveland 8 12 .400 3.5
Detroit 8 13 .381 4.0

jetrazor74
04-27-2008, 09:27 AM
Okay, so we dropped the two remaining games against Oakland last week, with Thursday being a HUGE embarassment.... :heh: But so far we've split with Texas, dropping a close one on Friday, but boy did we rally back on Saturday!!!!!!! Got a little respect back after that abismal loss to the A's!! :rockon:



Twins rally past Rangers
Three-run deficit dissipates quickly in late innings
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com

ARLINGTON -- Following an extra-innings loss to the Rangers on Friday night, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire lamented his team's inability to put together quality at-bats.
But just one night later, he saw a much different effort from his hitters.

The Twins overcame a slow start to break out the offense in a 12-6 victory over the Rangers on Saturday night.

http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20080426&content_id=2594869&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=min


AL Central standings:

Central W L PCT GB
Chicago 13 10 .565 -
Cleveland 12 12 .500 1.5
Kansas City 11 13 .458 2.5
Minnesota 11 13 .458 2.5
Detroit 11 14 .440 3.0

jetrazor74
04-28-2008, 07:29 AM
*hangs head*

Just when I thought my boys were ready to start putting things together, we get handed another beat down.

*sighs*


Hernandez, hitters struggle vs. Rangers
Veteran starter lasts just 2 2/3 innings; bats fall silent
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com


Sunday marked Livan Hernandez's first defeat of the season. (Matt Slocum/AP)


ARLINGTON -- When the Twins arrived in Texas on Friday for a three-game set with the Rangers, it appeared to be perfect timing.
The Rangers were coming off a road trip in which they had lost seven straight games. And the Twins had appeared close to getting things turned around offensively during the first three games of their road trip in Oakland.

So it seemed like the team might finally be ready to put together a winning stretch of baseball.

Instead, the Twins watched as their starting pitching continued to struggle and their inconsistent offense went hot and cold for yet another series loss.

The rest of the story. (http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20080427&content_id=2598195&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=min)

jetrazor74
04-29-2008, 10:23 AM
C'mon Boof! Let's sink the ChiSox tonight!!!!!!! :rockon:

http://mlb.mlb.com/images/2006/07/04/f2THWOcc.jpg

jetrazor74
04-30-2008, 06:31 AM
Way to go guys!!! Let's get'em again tonight!!! :rockon:


Bonser, Kubel lead Twins to victory
Starter allows one run over seven; DH homers
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- Every year it seems the Twins have one starter who doesn't get run support, and so far this season, the unfortunate victim has been right-hander Boof Bonser.
Bonser entered his start against the White Sox on Tuesday night with an average of just 1.86 runs of support, the lowest for any American League starter.

But while the Twins provided only a slight increase in the amount of runs for their starter in this outing, it was just enough for Bonser, who delivered a brilliant performance in the Twins' 3-1 victory over Chicago at the Metrodome.


Read the rest of the story (http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20080429&content_id=2608893&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=min)

jetrazor74
05-04-2008, 08:13 AM
The Twins swept the Chi Sox last week and with a win today can sweep the Tigers for a 5 game win streak and a move to first in the AL Central!!!!!!!:rockon:



Bass keeps Twins streaking
Righty stellar in relief of injured Baker, picks up first career win
By Leslie Parker / Special to MLB.com


MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson admitted that he didn't even know who Brian Bass was a year ago.
"Last year, he really started catching and getting going, " Anderson said. "We brought his manager up, Stan Clyburn, and he said, 'This Bass is the real thing, you've got to take a look at him.' We didn't even know who he was last year. He's come a long way."

Bass certainly made his presence known Saturday night at the Metrodome in the Twins' 4-1 win over the Tigers. The long reliever came in to begin the fourth inning after starter Scott Baker re-aggravated a strained right groin.

Bass tied his career high with four innings pitched. He allowed just three hits and earned his first big league win.


The complete story. (http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20080503&content_id=2635545&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=min)


Central W L PCT GB
Minnesota 15 14 .517 -
Chicago 14 14 .500 0.5
Cleveland 14 16 .467 1.5
Detroit 14 17 .452 2.0
Kansas City 13 16 .448 2.0

jetrazor74
05-08-2008, 11:30 PM
So we lost to the Sox tonight, even after giving them a 13-1 shelacking yesterday, but we're still in 1st!!!:rockon:


Tough inning derails Slowey, Twins
Right-hander cruises until White Sox hit two homers in fifth
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com


CHICAGO -- The Twins saw quite a mix of results from their bats over their three-game series against the White Sox this week.
They watched as they were nearly no-hit on Tuesday night against starter Gavin Floyd and then saw their bats light up for 13 runs in a game started by Mark Buehrle, who has repeatedly shut them down over the course of his career.

But on Thursday, Minnesota saw Chicago's pitching emerge once again to shut it down in a 6-2 loss in the series rubber match at U.S. Cellular Field.

The rest of the story. (http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20080508&content_id=2663059&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=min)



Central W L PCT GB
Minnesota 17 16 .515 -
Chicago 16 17 .485 1.0
Cleveland 16 18 .471 1.5
Kansas City 15 19 .441 2.5
Detroit 15 21 .417 3.5

jetrazor74
05-10-2008, 04:35 PM
And the Sox go down!!!!!


Lamb, Twins walk off with win over Sox
Third baseman hits two-run single in ninth off All-Star Papelbon
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- On a night when the Twins learned they likely lost their primary setup man for the rest of the season and that their infield situation could be shaky over the coming days, the club desperately needed a pick-me-up.
And just when it seemed that lift wouldn't come Friday against the Red Sox, it came from an unlikely source -- third baseman Mike Lamb.

It was Lamb who delivered a big two-out single off Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Minnesota a 7-6 walk-off win over Boston in the series opener at the Metrodome.

Full Story (http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20080509&content_id=2672573&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=min)

jetrazor74
05-13-2008, 12:35 PM
Who would have thought we could take 3 of 4 from Boston?!?!?!?!!!! :rockon:


Hernandez stifles Red Sox in finale
Twins veteran tosses six solid frames for sixth victory
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com


MINNEAPOLIS -- Heading into the 2008 season, the Twins had one goal in mind: improve their lineup.
Throughout the offseason, the Twins tried to add offense to a club that finished near the bottom of nearly every offensive category in '07. General manager Bill Smith and his staff felt with their many acquisitions, they had done just that.

A slow start offensively to the season had some questioning whether that was the case. But after two convincing offensive performances against the Red Sox, including Monday's 7-3 win, perhaps that newly rebuilt lineup is just starting to show its potential.

"The only way you're going to tell if [it's improved] is to do it consistently over more than one or two nights," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said of his offense. "That's what we're hoping for. If we can get guys a little more consistent and putting good swings up and down the lineup, we should be OK."

In taking three out of four from Boston, the Twins have begun to show a bit of versatility in their offense. One night after scoring nine runs thanks to an usual burst of home runs, the club showed another way they can put runs on the board -- this time stringing together hits and walks to sustain scoring rallies in multiple innings.

Full story!! (http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20080512&content_id=2687365&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=min)

jetrazor74
05-14-2008, 10:28 PM
Can anyone explain to me how we can take 3 of 4 from boston, then drop 2 in a row to the jays of all people????? :confused:


Twins drop second straight to Toronto
Bonser struggles in rough first inning; Morneau homers in loss
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com


MINNEAPOLIS -- Add Matt Stairs to the list of players who have continually haunted the Twins over their careers.
It was a first-inning grand slam by the Blue Jays' designated hitter, the 11th of his career, which helped bury the Twins in a 6-5 loss to Toronto on Wednesday night.

Stairs' grand slam off starter Boof Bonser was the 22nd career home run he has hit against the Twins -- the most against any team he has faced, and helped vault Toronto out to a large lead in the first.

Bonser found trouble right away, as he gave up back-to-back singles to start the game before issuing a one-out walk to Scott Rolen to load the bases. That's when Stairs came to the plate and belted a 399-foot shot into the upper deck in right field.

The Twins nearly tied up the game in the bottom of the first off Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay, when Justin Morneau blasted his seventh home run of the season, a two-out, two-run shot over the center-field wall, to make it a 4-2 ballgame. Michael Cuddyer reached on a chopper off home plate and scored on Jason Kubel's double to deep left-center field.

Full story. (http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20080514&content_id=2701060&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=min)

Standings

Central W L PCT GB
Cleveland 21 19 .525 -
Minnesota 20 19 .513 0.5
Chicago 19 20 .487 1.5
Kansas City 18 21 .462 2.5
Detroit 16 24 .400 5.0

jetrazor74
05-15-2008, 05:51 PM
*shakes head* I just don't get it! :confused:

That's okay, tho! The Rox go down this weekend!!!

*ducks for cover*

:laugh:



Twins drop series finale in extra innings
Perkins, bullpen strong, team drops squeaker in 11
By Joe Kieser / Special to MLB.com


MINNEAPOLIS -- Gregg Zaun or Joe Inglett?
Given the choice of which pinch-hitter he'd rather challenge with the game on the line in the 11th inning, Minnesota reliever Jesse Crain made the predictable choice, and ultimately received an unpredictable result.

After Zaun walked to load the bases in a 2-2 game, Inglett came through with his first career pinch-hit to deliver a 3-2 victory for the Blue Jays on Thursday at the Metrodome.

Manager John Gibbons used 20 of the 25 players on his roster, and was rewarded with a three-game series sweep and a four-game winning streak heading into Interleague Play.

Inglett had been 0-for-10 in his career as a pinch-hitter before flicking a soft single to left for the game-winning RBI.

jetrazor74
05-16-2008, 07:21 PM
2-2 bottom of the 5th!! C'mon Twins!!! Put the Rox away!! :D

jetrazor74
05-16-2008, 07:35 PM
Nice double by delmon young to lead us off there in the top of the sixth. Got lucky on the sacrifice to advance him, but nice fly to deep left for the run!!! :rockon:

Alright boys, 3up 3 down!! :salute:

keithbishop
05-16-2008, 07:41 PM
Nice double by delmon young to lead us off there in the top of the sixth. Got lucky on the sacrifice to advance him, but nice fly to deep left for the run!!! :rockon:

Alright boys, 3up 3 down!! :salute:

The Central race gets even tighter: Cleveland lost and KC won.

jetrazor74
05-16-2008, 07:42 PM
Nice combo of outfield defense and a some great pitching to keep the Rox at 2 in the bottom of the 6th!!! :rockon:

jetrazor74
05-16-2008, 08:53 PM
The Central race gets even tighter: Cleveland lost and KC won.

And so did the Twins!!! :rockon:

jetrazor74
05-21-2008, 09:07 PM
So.... we lost the series against Colorado.... Kudos to the Rox!! :clap:

And we went 2-1 against the Rangers, ending the series with an embarssing 6th inning onslaught and struggling bats against Ponson.

We're currently 2.5 games out of first, thanks to a 7 game winning streak by the ChiSox... :ugh:


Central W L PCT GB
Chicago 25 20 .556 -
Minnesota 23 23 .500 2.5
Cleveland 22 24 .478 3.5
Kansas City 21 25 .457 4.5
Detroit 19 27 .413 6.5

jetrazor74
05-22-2008, 04:35 PM
well.... on to detroit, I guess :coffee:


Twins drop series finale in extra innings
Minnesota comes back with eighth-inning rally, falls in 10th
By Thor Nystrom / MLB.com


MINNEAPOLIS -- Josh Hamilton continued his stellar 2008 campaign by hitting an opposite-field, two-out home run off Twins right-hander Brian Bass in the top of the 10th inning Thursday to break a 7-7 stalemate. Hamilton's 12th homer of the season was the game's deciding factor, as the Rangers prevailed, 8-7.

Complete story. (http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20080522&content_id=2748428&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=min)

jetrazor74
05-23-2008, 10:56 PM
Alright! Now lets get 2 more and a series sweep!!! :salute:


Slowey gets first win in series opener
Righty pitches six shutout innings for longest outing of season
By Paul Harris / Special to MLB.com


DETROIT -- Kevin Slowey just let things flow naturally.
Slowey only allowed four hits in six shutout innings to earn his first win of the season as the Twins defeated the Detroit Tigers, 9-4, on Friday night.

full story (http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20080523&content_id=2754403&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=min)


Central W L PCT GB

Chicago 26 21 .553 -
Minnesota 24 24 .500 2.5
Cleveland 22 26 .458 4.5
Kansas City 21 27 .438 5.5
Detroit 20 28 .417 6.5

jetrazor74
05-24-2008, 08:11 PM
Wow! That was embarasing! :heh: Although with a win tomorrow we can get a road series win.... something we're gonna need alot more of. We just can't seem to win on the road! :brick:


Twins pitching falls apart in lopsided tilt
Casilla's two-run home run lone bright spot for offense
By Crystal Krauskoff / Special to MLB.com


DETROIT -- Mental miscues, poor pitching and a two-home run performance by Tigers slugger Magglio Ordonez put Minnesota's hopes of leaving here with the second road series win of the season temporarily on hold.
Ordonez feasted on some shaky pitching to rack up the 23rd multiple-homer game of his career, as the Tigers cruised to a 19-3 win over the Twins on Saturday night at Comerica Park.

full story (http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20080524&content_id=2764896&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=min)

jetrazor74
05-28-2008, 11:01 PM
With our come from behind win tonight we make it 3 win streak and secure our second straight road series win! :rockon: A win tomorrow can make it a series sweep against the Royals! :salute:


Morneau, Monroe lead Twins to victory
First baseman and pinch-hitter homer in ninth and 10th innings
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com

KANSAS CITY -- Craig Monroe had a conversation recently with Jason Kubel about his struggles at the plate.
In the midst of an 0-for-17 stretch, Monroe was trying to find ways to get out of his slump.

Kubel referenced his own 0-for-15 hitless streak earlier this year. He said that it was a pinch-hit home run that snapped the streak and helped him to turn things around offensively.

That exchange popped into Monroe's mind when he stepped up to the plate to pinch hit for Alexi Casilla in the midst of the Twins' comeback effort in the ninth inning on Wednesday night against the Royals.

"I had that idea that maybe it's possible for me too," Monroe said.

Count part one of that quest as mission accomplished.

Despite having not played in four days, Monroe belted a 3-2 pitch from Royals right-hander Joel Peralta for his second career pinch-hit home run.

The game-tying, three-run shot by Monroe into the bullpen in left field completed what was a five-run, ninth-inning comeback for the Twins. The rally sent the game into extra innings, and Justin Morneau hit a first-pitch solo homer in the top of the tenth, giving Minnesota a 9-8 victory over the Royals at Kauffman Stadium.

full story (http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20080528&content_id=2788359&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=min)

Standings

Central W L PCT GB L10 STRK
Chicago 29 23 .558 - 7-3 W1
Minnesota 27 25 .519 2.0 6-4 W3
Cleveland 24 29 .453 5.5 2-8 L1
Detroit 22 31 .415 7.5 5-5 W1
Kansas City 21 32 .396 8.5 0-10 L10

armedequation
05-29-2008, 08:23 AM
ending the series with an embarssing 6th inning onslaught and struggling bats against Ponson

and nobody want to be known for struggling against Ponson (that is if its the former orioles pitcher)

*im thinking of sidney*

jetrazor74
05-29-2008, 03:39 PM
and nobody want to be known for struggling against Ponson (that is if its the former orioles pitcher)

*im thinking of sidney*

HOLY CRAP!! Someone besides me in here!!! Thanks for the input, brother! :thumb:

It was Sidney Ponson, formerly of the Orioles and the Twins. He didn't do jack for Minnesota in 07 and they either released or traded him, not sure which, and he ended up in Texas where he looks like he's turning his career around.

A year too late for the Twins!! :sad:

BroncoBJ4MVP!!!
05-29-2008, 03:46 PM
HOLY CRAP!! Someone besides me in here!!! Thanks for the input, brother! :thumb:

It was Sidney Ponson, formerly of the Orioles and the Twins. He didn't do jack for Minnesota in 07 and they either released or traded him, not sure which, and he ended up in Texas where he looks like he's turning his career around.

A year too late for the Twins!! :sad:

Hey, Don't forget he was a Yankee as well. :fight:

:laugh:

jetrazor74
05-30-2008, 05:37 PM
Hey, Don't forget he was a Yankee as well. :fight:

:laugh:

and how'd he do for them?

jetrazor74
05-30-2008, 05:51 PM
Twins complete road series sweep against division foe KC!! :rockon:


Slowey's CG caps Twins' sweep
Right-hander earns second victory of year with gem
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com

KANSAS CITY -- All of the talk surrounding Kevin Slowey when he came up through the Twins' Minor League system was how he reminded the club of a young Brad Radke.
The box scores certainly read like it. Walks were a rarity for Slowey and the pitcher, who earned International League Pitcher of the Year honors last season, gained a reputation for delivering dominant outings during his ascent through the ranks.

On Thursday night, Slowey delivered a gem of a performance that seemed to capture what all the talk had been about.

Blending in solid command of his fastball with plenty of offspeed pitches, Slowey delivered his first career complete game in a 5-1 victory over the Royals that completed the Twins' series sweep at Kauffman Stadium.


full story (http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20080529&content_id=2796028&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=min)

http://i299.photobucket.com/albums/mm283/jetrazor74/screenshot.jpg?t=1212195015

keithbishop
05-31-2008, 09:18 PM
Outstanding D and, for the most part, brilliant relief work by the Twins tonight. Fantastic game.

jetrazor74
05-31-2008, 10:16 PM
Outstanding D and, for the most part, brilliant relief work by the Twins tonight. Fantastic game.

Yeah, I had to 'watch' it on the internet.... the live update thingy. It's not the same. And like I said yesterday, we'll get you tomorrow!! :D


For Perkins, it's a game to learn from
Lefty struggles as Twins fall to Yanks to snap winning streak
By Leslie Parker / Special to MLB.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- Starter Glen Perkins followed up his best start of the season with perhaps his worst outing on Friday night at the Metrodome, as the Twins fell to the Yankees, 6-5, ending a four-game winning streak in the series opener.


Twins fall to Yankees in extras
Minnesota had chances, but unable to pick up key hit
By Mike Cook / Special to MLB.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- Bobby Abreu had an RBI single in the 12th inning, and the New York Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins, 7-6, on Saturday.

Great effort by the Twinkies the last 2 nights, with late inning homers to get closer or tie the games, but we just need some more from the bats to get us over the hump.

We've got the Yanks 2 more times at home, so hopefully we can at least send them home with a tied series!! :salute:


Standings:

Central W L PCT GB
Chicago 30 25 .545 -
Minnesota 28 27 .509 2.0
Cleveland 25 30 .455 5.0
Detroit 23 32 .418 7.0
Kansas City 22 34 .393 8.5

jetrazor74
06-02-2008, 06:12 PM
Great win, dispite the injury!!! Awesome pitching guys!! :salute:


Twins come through for Blackburn
After righty leaves with injury, bullpen shuts down Yankees
By Mike Cook / Special to MLB.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- In an emergency situation, a weary Minnesota bullpen came through again.
A trio of Twins relievers combined to throw 4 2/3 innings of shutout baseball, and Minnesota beat New York, 5-1, on Sunday in a game overshadowed by an injured teammate.

jetrazor74
06-02-2008, 07:29 PM
Great game to split the series with the so-called "Evil Empire"!! :laugh:


Young, Twins double down Yankees
Outfielder helps Minnesota split four-game set vs. New York
By Thor Nystrom / MLB.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- It didn't take long for Delmon Young to figure out Andy Pettitte. The Twins' left fielder, who was 7-for-11 (.636) in his career against Pettitte coming into Monday's contest at the Metrodome, continued to batter the veteran lefty.
Young smacked two doubles and had two RBIs against Pettitte. But it didn't stop there. After Pettitte was pulled after the seventh, Young smacked an RBI double to right field off reliever Kyle Farnsworth to break a deadlock, as the Twins beat the Yankees, 6-5, to split the four-game series.

full game recap (http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20080602&content_id=2823691&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=min)

jetrazor74
06-04-2008, 04:50 AM
We dropped one against the Orioles.... their pitcher decided to show up and play a controlled game which we weren't expecting! :ugh:


Twins bats silenced early, fall short late
Slowey uneven; offense notches three straight doubles in sixth
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- Patience was the message that Twins manager Ron Gardenhire tried to preach to his hitters before facing Orioles rookie Radhames Liz on Tuesday night.
Gardenhire recalled that when Minnesota faced Liz in his Major League debut last August, the pitcher had problems throwing the ball over the plate. The reports of Liz's recent Minor League outings were much of the same, as he was 1-5 with a 4.05 ERA in 11 starts for the Orioles' Triple-A Norfolk club.

So the aggressive-swinging Twins entered their second outing against Liz with the hopes of taking advantage of his tendency to be wild.

The problem was that the Twins saw a very different pitcher than the one they anticipated, as Minnesota fell to the Orioles, 5-3, in the series opener at the Metrodome.

jetrazor74
06-05-2008, 01:21 AM
2 RBI sacrifice!!! :eek: :clap:

That is all.


Mauer's big night paces Twins
Backstop picks up second homer, rare two-RBI sac fly
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- It was two days ago that Joe Mauer endured the long line of questioning after hitting his first home run of the season.
It took the catcher a total of 185 at-bats to hit the homer, and there were a few inquiries as to whether Mauer felt he was on the cusp of a power surge.

It's fair to think that when Mauer hit his second homer of the season in the Twins' 7-5 victory over the Orioles on Wednesday night, it, too, would be the center of attention.

full recap (http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20080604&content_id=2839902&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=min)

Watch Joe Mauer's 2 run sac fly here! (http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?mid=200806042842390)

AL Central Standings

Central W L PCT GB
Chicago 32 26 .552 -
Minnesota 31 28 .525 1.5
Cleveland 27 32 .458 5.5
Detroit 24 35 .407 8.5
Kansas City 23 36 .390 9.5

jetrazor74
06-09-2008, 10:23 PM
Well, I've been away for a few days and everything falls apart. :sad:

A 5 game losing streak including a 4 game sweep by the Chi Sox!! :brick:

What the hell is going on???

We need series sweep of Cleveland! We can't afford to lose a single game here!!!

C'MON YOU TWINS!!!! WIN, TWINS, WIN!!!!:rockon:

jetrazor74
06-11-2008, 09:38 PM
Finally!! After a 6 game losing streak, we get the bats going and pull out a win!!! It's gonna be a battle to make it back up into contention for 1st, but we can do it!! Thankfully, the Chi Sox have lost a couple of games to keep us only 5.5 games out!


Five-run third inning helps end slide
Kubel's two-run homer, Morneau's night back Blackburn
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com

CLEVELAND -- Nothing has come easy for the Twins on their current road trip.
The team watched the White Sox go through their hottest offensive stretch of the season as they were swept in a four-game series in Chicago. They then headed to Cleveland, where their pitching finally rebounded only to be shut out, 1-0, by another dominant performance from Indians ace C.C. Sabathia on Tuesday.

So thinking that the victory to end a season-high, six-game losing streak would be easy seemed to be a little optimistic.

Sure enough, the Twins nearly watched an early five-run lead fall through Wednesday before the bullpen held on to secure an 8-5 victory over the Indians at Progressive Field.

Full Game Recap (http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20080611&content_id=2894181&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=min)


Central W L PCT GB
Chicago 37 28 .569 -
Minnesota 32 34 .485 5.5
Cleveland 30 36 .455 7.5
Detroit 28 37 .431 9.0
Kansas City 25 41 .379 12.5

DawgFanatic
06-12-2008, 05:19 PM
They are getting pounded by the Indians right now 6-0 in the fourth ....what the hell is going on with them.

jetrazor74
06-13-2008, 03:44 AM
They are getting pounded by the Indians right now 6-0 in the fourth ....what the hell is going on with them.

I don't know, man. We're really struggling on the road, and I thought after their win on Wednesday, they might be out of their slump, but it looks like it was just temporary reprieve.

Nice series for the Indians, tho, congrats!

jetrazor74
06-13-2008, 03:48 AM
Wow. What a shelacking Cleveland put on us to win the series! They really came back with a vengance after Wednesday game. We're not really strong on offense, so we really have to rely on our pitching, which is really cold right now.



Road continues to be hard on Twins
Hernandez roughed up as Minnesota drops Cleveland series
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com

CLEVELAND -- The Twins thought they had gotten their pitching turned back around following back-to-back quality starts in their first two games in Cleveland.
But on Thursday, their starting rotation suffered yet another setback.

Twins starter Livan Hernandez struggled mightily in his first career outing vs. the Indians, giving up seven runs on 12 hits over three-plus innings in a 12-2 loss at Progressive Field.

Full Game Recap (http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20080612&content_id=2903420&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=min)

jetrazor74
06-19-2008, 01:23 AM
I've been away for several days... again, but we battled back to .500 in just a few short days!!



Twins take series, move to .500 mark
Minnesota takes advantage of Nats' mistakes in victory
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- When the Twins left Cleveland last Thursday, the club was admittedly feeling a tad beaten down, having dropped six of seven games at the start of a 10-game road trip.
Four of those six losses had been blowouts, including the final game against the Indians. And there seemed to be questions about just when the Twins might turn things around as they headed to face a hot-hitting Brewers team.

So to predict that the Twins would be back to .500 just six days later might have seemed like a stretch.

jetrazor74
06-19-2008, 09:14 PM
So what if it was against the last place Nats??? It's still a sweep! :rockon: Next up to go down: D-backs! :salute:


Cuddyer's big day paces Twins' sweep
Right fielder's pair of hits, walks, nice grabs buoy Perkins
By Thor Nystrom / MLB.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- Michael Cuddyer hit, walked, jumped and powered the Twins to a 9-3 victory over the Nationals on Thursday at the Metrodome, completing a three-game sweep against last-place Washington.

Full Game Recap (http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20080619&content_id=2962178&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=min)

BroncoBJ4MVP!!!
06-19-2008, 09:17 PM
Having fun talking to yourself? :laugh:
But at least you still update it. If I started a thread on a team and no one replied I don't know if I'd be able to keep updating it. :eek:

keithbishop
06-20-2008, 02:52 AM
Having fun talking to yourself? :laugh:
But at least you still update it. If I started a thread on a team and no one replied I don't know if I'd be able to keep updating it. :eek:

That's because you are an attention craving wuss. :laugh:

Good job, jetrazor. :salute:

DawgFanatic
06-23-2008, 10:37 AM
wow, hats off to the twins for sweeping my d-backs.......d-backs pitching was awful.

Twins four games above .500 and 1.5 games back from the white sox since they got swept by the cubs last night.


Last week i thought the twins were done and packed in the season.... goodjob.

jetrazor74
06-23-2008, 06:40 PM
Having fun talking to yourself? :laugh:
But at least you still update it. If I started a thread on a team and no one replied I don't know if I'd be able to keep updating it. eek:

Well, I'll have to admit it gets tough sometimes, and I've fallen behind a few times, seeing as I only get on about 4 days a week!


That's because you are an attention craving wuss. :laugh

Good job, jetrazor. :salute:

:laugh: @ attention craving wuss!!

thanks keith!!!


wow, hats off to the twins for sweeping my d-backs.......d-backs pitching was awful.

Twins four games above .500 and 1.5 games back from the white sox since they got swept by the cubs last night.


Last week i thought the twins were done and packed in the season.... goodjob.

Yeah, they've really rebounded from that 6 game slide! I thought the D-backs had us there in the 2nd game, until we batted thru the order in 1 inning!! :eek:

You guys have a good team, you'll bounce back! Suprised you're not an Indians fan, tho!! :laugh:

jetrazor74
06-23-2008, 06:45 PM
w00t!!!! Can you say 6 game winning streak and Back 2 Back series sweeps!!! :dance: :rockon:


Big fifth gives Twins sweep of D-backs
Five-run inning propels Minnesota to its sixth straight victory
By Thor Nystrom / MLB.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins looked skyward for salvation during Sunday's 5-3 sweep-ensuring victory over the Diamondbacks. Arizona left fielder Conor Jackson became the latest victim of the Metrodome's Teflon roof, losing a Delmon Young fifth-inning fly ball, which ignited a five-run inning. Who was responsible?
"The Dome gods helped us out," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire quipped.

Full Game Recap of Game 3 vs D-Backs (http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20080622&content_id=2982012&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=min)

AL Central Standings

Central W L PCT GB
Chicago 41 34 .547 -
Minnesota 40 36 .526 1.5
Detroit 36 39 .480 5.0
Cleveland 35 41 .461 6.5
Kansas City 33 43 .434 8.5

jetrazor74
06-25-2008, 03:06 AM
Yes!! Back to back homers in the 9th give us 7 straight wins!!! :rockon:


Twins stun Hoffman for seventh straight
Harris, Buscher go deep in ninth; Slowey hurls six frames
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com

SAN DIEGO -- Home runs haven't exactly come easy for the Twins this season.
Despite ranking near the top of the American League in runs scored, the Twins entered Tuesday's contest against the Padres ranking last in the Majors in homers with just 46.

But when a team is in the midst of a season-high winning streak, wins seem to come in the most unlikely of ways.

And so on Tuesday night, that meant the Twins belting back-to-back home runs in a ballpark not known for producing them, to capture a 3-1 win over the Padres and extend their winning streak to seven.

jetrazor74
06-25-2008, 08:49 PM
Twins leading the Padres 7-3 in the bottom of the 6th, looking for 8 straight!!! :rockon:

jetrazor74
06-25-2008, 10:10 PM
And it's 8 straight!!! We'll be looking for our 3rd straight sweep tomorrow!! :dance:

On a side note, KC is now on a roll of their own with 5 straight. Luckily their still in 4th place in the divsion! :eek:


Twins surge to eighth straight victory
Harris takes Maddux deep, helps Minnesota top San Diego
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com

SAN DIEGO -- For Twins shortstop Brendan Harris, the first two contests in San Diego have been, to say the least, memorable.
Harris hit his second home run in as many nights off a future Hall of Famer as the Twins defeated the Padres, 9-3, on Wednesday at PETCO Park. The victory extended Minnesota's season-high winning streak to eight games.

After taking all-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman deep in the ninth inning of Tuesday night's game, Harris came up with another big home run to give the Twins a lead in the fourth inning on Wednesday. Harris' two-run shot off Greg Maddux broke up what had been a 3-3 tie. It also was the first time in his career that Harris hit home runs in back-to-back games.

Recap (http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20080626&content_id=3006392&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=min)

AL Central Standings

Central W L PCT GB L10 STRK
Chicago 42 35 .545 - 5-5 L1
Minnesota 42 36 .538 0.5 9-1 W8
Detroit 37 40 .481 5.0 7-3 W1
Kansas City 36 43 .456 7.0 9-1 W5
Cleveland 35 43 .449 7.5 3-7 L3

jetrazor74
06-26-2008, 10:23 PM
Nine straight games and back to back to back series sweep!!! :dance:

Will the brewers be the ones to stop the hottest team in MLB right now? We'll see!!!


Twins find way to win ninth straight
Morneau homers, drives in three; Baker survives shaky start
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com

SAN DIEGO -- June 2006 was a month that the Twins would eventually look back on as the key to their American League Central Division title that season.
A month in which the ballclub overcame a rough start to the season by pulling off two significant winning streaks -- an eight-game stretch and another 11-game stint -- both in the midst of Interleague Play.

Sound familiar?

It sure seems like a case of déjà vu just two years later, as the out-of-nowhere Twins have put on a similar display of impressive baseball, extending their season-high winning streak to nine games Thursday afternoon in San Diego.

A two-run homer by Justin Morneau, Scott Baker's first career Major League hit and a broken-bat blooper by Brian Buscher all combined to give the Twins a 4-3 win over the Padres, completing their third consecutive series sweep.

Wrap (http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20080626&content_id=3010062&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=min)

AL Central Standings:

TEAM W L % GB
Chicago 43 35 .551 -
Minnesota 43 36 .544 0.5
Detroit 38 40 .487 5.0
Cleveland 36 43 .456 7.5
Kansas City 36 43 .456 7.5

Streaks: W9
Last 10: 9-1
Home: 25-16 Road: 18-20
Runs Scored: 381
Runs Against: 374

jetrazor74
07-01-2008, 09:44 PM
Well, the Brewer's snapped our win streak at 10 games. :ugh: And now the stupid whitesox are on a 6 game tear, so we've dropped to 2.5 back!! :brick:


Twins' 10-game win streak snapped
Hernandez allows four earned runs early, settles to go seven
By Leslie Parker / Special to MLB.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins' 10-game win streak came to a screeching halt on Saturday night at the Metrodome as they lost, 5-1, to the Brewers.



At least we're still not out of it yet. Even if we don't catch the Sox, we may be able to pick up the wild card slot! :rockon:

Let's just get the next one against Detroit!


As Monroe goes, so do Twins
Two three-run innings help Minnesota even up pivotal series
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com

MINNEAPOLIS - Craig Monroe's home run trots always involve a bit of emotion.
But Monroe's sprint around the bases on Tuesday night in the Twins' 6-4 victory over the Tigers -- his former team -- carried a little more spring in his step than normal.

A three-run homer by Monroe off Tigers starter Nate Robertson in the fourth inning helped give the Twins their first lead of the game, 3-1. The deep shot to center field gave Monroe his eighth home run of the season and the designated hitter was so excited, he missed high-fiving the hand of first base coach Jerry White as he rounded the base.

Wrap (http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20080701&content_id=3041800&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=min)

DawgFanatic
07-01-2008, 11:24 PM
good win :cheers:

jetrazor74
07-02-2008, 10:37 PM
good win :cheers:

Thanks brother! :thumb:

We had a huge 3rd inning, batting around the order and scoring 5 runs in a shut out against the Tigers to win the series!! :dance:


Punto's dive ignites Twins' offense, win
Minnesota follows shortstop's grab with five-run onslaught
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- A big offensive inning is often sparked by a key hit or key mistake.
But on Wednesday afternoon, it was a key defensive play by the Twins in the top half of the third inning that ignited them to a 7-0 victory over the Tigers at the Metrodome.

With two on and two out, shortstop Nick Punto made a jaw-dropping defensive snare: a diving stop behind second base, followed by the ensuing flip -- or, more accurately, roll -- of the ball from his glove to second baseman Alexi Casilla for the final out of the inning.

full recap (http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20080702&content_id=3050151&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=min)

Also, here's a look at Punto's AMAZING PLAY (http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?mid=200807023049905)to end the inning!!

AL Central Standings

TEAM W L % GB
Chicago 49 35 .583 -
Minnesota 47 38 .553 2.5
Detroit 42 42 .500 7.0
Kansas City 38 47 .447 11.5
Cleveland 37 48 .435 12.5

Streaks: W2
Last 10: 8-2
Home: 29-18 Road: 18-20
Runs Scored: 411
Runs Against: 394

jetrazor74
07-10-2008, 09:09 AM
I leave for 6 days and we go 3-3! :brick: You would think we could have come away with at least 1 win from the Red Sox! :sad:

Anyway, we've got 4 games in Detroit before the All-Star break. Those are some seriously important games as the Tigers have snuck out of the basement of the AL Central and are right behind us. Besides, we have 3.5 games to make up on the Chi Sox, now if only they'd go on a losing streak for us!!:smug:

jetrazor74
07-11-2008, 06:02 AM
It took extra innings, but we were finally able to take Las Tigressas down! 3 more to go! :dance:


Morneau's magic lifts Twins to victory
Slugger hits game-winning home run in 11th inning
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com

DETROIT -- Following an emotionally draining series in Boston where every break seemed to go against Minnesota, it might have been easy for the Twins to feel like the same thing was happening to them again Thursday afternoon.
A five-run inning by their starter put the club in an early hole in the series opener against the Tigers and, from there, the signs almost pointed to things going awry once again.

The team saw a Detroit hitter walk on three pitches. It watched as one of its own baserunners was ruled out while trying to steal -- when replays appeared to show that he had never been tagged.

And, well, even a potential home run by Justin Morneau in the eighth inning was ruled to have bounced off the yellow line for a double in the deepest part of the ballpark.

"You just thought it was going to be one of those nutty days like we had in Boston," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "It's like, 'Oh no, not again.'"

But instead of seeing yet another game slip away, Minnesota showed more of that pluckiness that helped it to pull off an unbelievable recent stretch of 18 wins in 21 games.

Wrap (http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20080710&content_id=3106345&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=min)


AL Central Standings

Chicago 53 38 .582 -
Minnesota 51 41 .554 2.5
Detroit 46 45 .505 7.0
Kansas City 41 52 .441 13.0
Cleveland 38 53 .418 15.0

Streaks: W1
Last 10: 6-4
Home: 32-18 Road: 19-23
Runs Scored: 453
Runs Against: 437

jetrazor74
07-12-2008, 02:30 PM
We held on to a 3-2 lead to win another big game against our division rivals!! :dance:


Punto paces Twins in Motown
Perkins tames Tigers, collects sixth win of season
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com

DETROIT -- After his bullpen threw 7 1/3 scoreless innings Thursday afternoon, manager Ron Gardenhire was asked prior to Friday's game against the Tigers if any of his relievers were unavailable.
Gardenhire mentioned just one pitcher as probably being a no-go, and that was right-hander Matt Guerrier.

Guerrier had thrown five times in the past seven days, including two innings in the club's 11-inning victory Thursday.

But with the Twins holding onto a one-run lead heading into the eighth inning Friday night, Guerrier once again got the call. He pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out the first two batters and helping Minnesota hold on for a 3-2 win over Detroit at Comerica Park.


TEAM W L % GB
Chicago 53 39 .576 -
Minnesota 52 41 .559 1.5
Detroit 46 46 .500 7.0
Kansas City 42 52 .447 12.0
Cleveland 39 53 .424 14.0

Streaks: W2
Last 10: 7-3
Home: 32-18 Road: 20-23
Runs Scored: 456
Runs Against: 439

jetrazor74
07-14-2008, 03:33 AM
So we took 3 of 4 games to win the series in Detroit. We're still a game and a half behind the Chi Sox, but we're right on their heels!!:rockon:

TEAM W L % GB
Chicago 54 40 .574 -
Minnesota 53 42 .558 1.5
Detroit 47 47 .500 7.0
Kansas City 43 53 .448 12.0
Cleveland 41 53 .436 13.0

Streaks: L1
Last 10: 6-4
Home: 32-18 Road: 21-24
Runs Scored: 464
Runs Against: 448

jetrazor74
07-17-2008, 06:46 AM
Congratulations to Justin Morneau on winning the Home Run Derby!!
And scoring the winning run in the All-Star game!! :rockon:

And congratulations to Nathan on pitching a scoreless 7th inning! :dance:

jetrazor74
07-19-2008, 09:59 AM
Way to start the 2nd half, boys!!! :dance: Let's sweep those Rangers!! :rockon:


Break doesn't cool scorching Twins
Bats open up four-run seventh; Perkins shuts down Rangers
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- During a stretch in which they won 21 of 28 games heading into the All-Star break, the Twins credited their young starting pitching for much of the success.
Perhaps that's why it's no surprise that it was the pitching that once again sparked Minnesota following its four-day layoff.

Even some time off couldn't stop the surging Twins, who continued their recent hot streak on Friday night by kicking off the second half with a 6-0 victory over the Rangers at the Metrodome.

Check out the recap vid of the Twins shutting out the potent Texas offense!!
http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?mid=200807193152692

Chicago 55 40 .579 -
Minnesota 54 42 .563 1.5
Detroit 48 48 .500 7.5
Kansas City 43 54 .443 13.0
Cleveland 41 54 .432 14.0

Streaks: W1
Last 10: 6-4
Home: 33-18 Road: 21-24
Runs Scored: 470
Runs Against: 448

jetrazor74
07-20-2008, 06:21 AM
A 14-2 victory over the Rangers yesterday gives us the series win and moves us to 1/2 game out of first place!!! :rockon:

On a side note, the combined score of the last 2 games puts us at 20-2 over the rangers!!! Looks like our pitching is comming together and our bats are going!! I hope we can keep it up seeing as we have the Yanks this week!


Twins rip Rangers; gain on White Sox
Morneau knocks in five as Minnesota pounds four homers
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Rangers have been one of the most potent offenses in baseball this season. So it came as no surprise that it was Texas' power-hitting sluggers who were touted coming into a three-game series with Minnesota out of the All-Star break.
But in two blowout victories in the first two contests of the series, it's been the Twins -- not the Rangers -- who have put on an offensive show.

Minnesota recorded a season-high 14 runs and had 16 hits in a 14-2 victory over Texas on Saturday night at the Metrodome. The win put the Twins a half-game behind the White Sox in the American League Central.

jetrazor74
07-25-2008, 10:49 AM
Well, we really had our butts handed to us by the Yanks. :ugh:
The good news is that we are in Cleveland and they are now minus Sabathia, so that should help us gain on the Chi Sox. Then we have the hated white sox at home for a 4 game series, where hopefully we will retake the lead in the AL Central!! :dance:

jetrazor74
07-31-2008, 11:47 AM
Well, we'll have to wait to take first place for now, even if we are able to take the Chi Sox this evening!


Hernandez hit as Twins stay in second
Veteran's rough start leads to loss to first-place White Sox
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- When the Twins signed Livan Hernandez just prior to the start of Spring Training this year, it was not only to give the club an innings-eater but a veteran starting pitcher with experience pitching in big games.
The Most Valuable Player of the 1997 World Series for the Marlins at age 21 and a playoff pitcher for various other teams since then including the Diamondbacks last season, Hernandez has certainly seen his share of that time in the spotlight.

But with the Twins holding a chance to capture first place in the American League Central on Wednesday night for the first time since May 13, Hernandez put his club in an early hole -- one that it would never recover from as the White Sox cruised to an 8-3 victory at the Metrodome, dropping the Twins to 1 1/2 games behind Chicago in the division race.

Game recap (http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20080730&content_id=3225480&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=min)

TEAM W L % GB
Chicago 60 46 .566 -
Minnesota 59 48 .551 1.5
Detroit 55 52 .514 5.5
Kansas City 50 59 .459 11.5
Cleveland 46 60 .434 14.0

Streaks: L1
Last 10: 4-6
Home: 36-20 Road: 23-28
Runs Scored: 526
Runs Against: 500

(And that my friends, was post # 5,000!! :dance:)

jetrazor74
08-01-2008, 10:53 AM
What a crazy game!!! I wish I could have seen it!:sad: But a great rally in the 7th to come from behind and take the series from the chisox! :rockon:


Twins rally to take series from Sox
Kubel's tiebreaking three-run homer in seventh seals victory
By Thor Nystrom / MLB.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Metrodome was a picture of tranquility throughout Thursday morning and afternoon. Minnesota, 1 1/2 games behind Chicago in the AL Central, had not made a Trade Deadline deal, fostering a placid atmosphere and moods of ambivalence.
Through 4 1/2 innings of that evening's ballgame between the clubs, the White Sox had a four-run lead, and the Dome's faithful were stifling yawns.

A study of contrasts, this day. Because the next five innings offered enough plot twists to appease M. Night Shyamalan -- a furious comeback started by a three-run Justin Morneau homer, an ejection of Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire, a subplot involving hats, a threat of forfeiture from the public address system due to fan behavior and a three-run blast by Jason Kubel that capped the comeback en route to a wild 10-6 victory for the Twins.

Game Recap (http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20080731&content_id=3232635&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=min)

TEAM W L % GB
Chicago 60 47 .561 -
Minnesota 60 48 .556 0.5
Detroit 55 53 .509 5.5
Kansas City 50 59 .459 11.0
Cleveland 47 60 .439 13.0

Streaks: W1
Last 10: 5-5
Home: 37-20 Road: 23-28
Runs Scored: 536
Runs Against: 506

jetrazor74
08-01-2008, 10:56 AM
Liriano may be called up soon!!! :dance:


Twins take on Tribe with Liriano lurking
Minnesota (60-48) vs. Cleveland (47-60), Friday, 7:10 p.m. CT
By Thor Nystrom / MLB.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins didn't make an acquisition during Thursday's Trade Deadline, but that doesn't necessarily mean they won't make a big addition sometime soon.
Yes, the Francisco Liriano watch continues.

The one-time phenom, who went 12-3 with a 2.16 ERA as a 22-year-old rookie in 2006, struggled while returning from Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery in 2008, going 0-3 with an 11.32 ERA in three starts.

But he has begun terrorizing hitters while pitching for Triple-A Rochester. Liriano is 9-0 with a 2.51 ERA in his past 10 starts, and in five starts between June 30 and July 22, he allowed only one earned run in 35 innings for a 0.26 ERA.

General manager Bill Smith was asked on Thursday if he thinks Liriano will help the Twins in the pennant race. His response was emphatic.

"Yes, I do. Yes," Smith said. "I've been saying that for several weeks. Yes, I think he will."

Liriano's next scheduled start is Friday. Smith was asked if Liriano would make that start for Rochester, and the GM deflected the question. Indications are that a Liriano callup could be imminent.

The Twins have often indicated how much they like their rotation, which consists of Livan Hernandez and four youngsters. As such, would they bring up Liriano in a bullpen role?

"We've never had that stance that he will only be [a starter]," Smith said. "Our position is that that is his best role. We certainly won't make that decision upstairs -- that will all be done in consolation with the manager and the pitching coach, how our rotation sets up and how our bullpen sets up."

The manager, Ron Gardenhire, was firmly against placing Liriano in the 'pen.

"No, no. No bullpen," Gardenhire said. "He's out 16, 17 months, then you start questioning whether he can rebound, get loose two or three times in three days. That isn't right. He's a starter."

To make room in the rotation for Liriano, Hernandez (10-8, 5.48) would likely be the odd man out. His last outing didn't help his cause. Against Chicago on Wednesday, Hernandez allowed five earned runs on nine hits and two walks in only four innings.

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080731&content_id=3232639&vkey=news_min&fext=.jsp&c_id=min

jetrazor74
08-02-2008, 11:19 AM
Liriano may be called up soon!!! :dance:



http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080731&content_id=3232639&vkey=news_min&fext=.jsp&c_id=min

And yesterday, they did!!!:rockon:


Twins recall Liriano from Triple-AHernandez, Monroe designated for assignment in move
By Thor Nystrom / MLB.com

Francisco Liriano, who went 10-2 with a 3.28 ERA in 118 innings for Triple-A Rochester this season, will pitch for the Twins on Sunday. (AP)

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins fans have been clamoring for the return of left-handed starting pitcher Francisco Liriano via the jettison of veteran right-hander Livan Hernandez for the better part of two months.
On Friday, they got their wish.

The Twins recalled Liriano from Triple-A Rochester, and also selected the contract of first baseman Randy Ruiz. To make room for the pair, the club designated Hernandez and outfielder Craig Monroe for assignment, giving the team 10 days to trade or release them.

Liriano will make his Twins debut on Sunday against the Indians. Glen Perkins, originally slated to pitch on Sunday, will instead shift to Monday, the series opener in Seattle.

"Francisco has done pretty much everything that he needs to do down there," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Now it's time to see what he's going to do up here."

Liriano was 10-2 with a 3.28 ERA in 118 innings for the Red Wings this season. In his last 11 starts, he was 10-0 with a 2.67 ERA and 80 strikeouts in 70 2/3 innings.

Minnesota did not make a move at Thursday's nonwaiver Trade Deadline, standing pat while American League Central leader Chicago acquired Ken Griffey Jr. from Cincinnati. The Twins are hoping that Liriano's arrival, as well as the eventual return of right fielder Michael Cuddyer, could provide them with the punch necessary to overtake the White Sox.

"You're always looking for a boost in trades and all those things," Gardenhire said. "Well, if 'Cisco comes up here like he is capable of, that could be a huge boost for our baseball team. He is a part of our future, he's a part of our present now, and we're very excited to see what he can do up here."

Liriano struggled in his return from Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery earlier in the year, going 0-3 with an 11.32 ERA in three starts with the Twins before being demoted on April 25.

"I wasn't ready when I was here, so I had to go down, get myself ready," Liriano said.

Liriano believes that time is now. "It's back," he said of his vaunted sider.

Still, it was a long wait to return to the Major Leagues after a long rehab and a difficult return at the beginning of the season.

"It was hard for me; I just wanted to play baseball," Liriano said. "I did have to be patient, but there was nothing I can do about it. I couldn't pitch hurt. I tried to make sure I was healthy when I came back, 100 percent."

Despite reports to the contrary during the last month-plus, Liriano said he was not frustrated at not being called up sooner.

"No, not really," he said. "They were winning a lot of games without me. They needed a spot for me, so I just waited for an open spot."

Hernandez, previously the staff ace, was 10-8 with a 5.48 ERA in 23 starts. He allowed 199 hits in 139 2/3 innings.

The bigger area of concern, according to the Twins, was his recent performance. The right-hander began the season 6-1 with a 3.90 ERA. Since May 17, the story had been different -- a 4-7 record with a 6.59 ERA and a .364 opponents' batting average in 14 starts.

"Without his first 10 starts, we'd have really been struggling at a time when [Scott] Baker had a stint on the DL, and [Kevin] Slowey had a stint on the DL," general manager Bill Smith said. "Livan was a savior for us. But it's been a little tougher go lately."

The club shopped Hernandez prior to the Trade Deadline but could not consummate a deal.

"He did what he was supposed to do here," Gardenhire said. "He can eat up innings and all those things. You get to a situation and look at opportunities to be able to move him. That's the disappointing thing -- we weren't able to trade him. People were shying away, backing away. Its not that they didn't want him, it's just that they didn't want to make a big deal right now. ... We have Liriano waiting in the wings and our people are saying that it's about the right time. There you have it."

Monroe was batting .202 with eight home runs and 29 RBIs in 163 at-bats. He was signed as a free agent to hit left-handed pitching off the bench, a role in which he was particularly disappointing, hitting .138 with two home runs in 87 at-bats.

The Twins gave him as many opportunities as they could to get it going. But despite having a few big hits during the season, Monroe could not sustain consistent success.

"We went as long as we could," Gardenhire said.

Monroe was in the clubhouse on Friday afternoon but left without commenting to the media. He met with Gardenhire in the manager's office. While leaving, he hugged Carlos Gomez and whispered parting words.

Ruiz batted .320 with 17 home runs and 68 RBIs in 111 games with Rochester this season. He is leading the International League in hits, is tied for the batting lead, and is second in doubles and extra-base hits (53).

He was apprised of the callup on Thursday evening, ironically while eating with Liriano. It led to a long night -- he said he didn't sleep due to nervousness after receiving the big news.

He didn't have much time to settle down. Upon arrival at the ballpark, Ruiz saw his name penciled into that evening's lineup as the designated hitter batting sixth.

"I'm excited right now," Ruiz said. "I'm on adrenaline."

Although the Twins have not seen Liriano in several months, a man that has, Rochester teammate Ruiz, is confident that the Twins will see a different pitcher than they experienced in April.

"I know he's healthy," Ruiz said. "Seeing him, at least three months with him, I know he's ready. I know he's going to give you all a good show."

jetrazor74
08-02-2008, 11:26 AM
We won yesterday, but so did the Sox. We'll have to wait a little longer to take 1st!


Mauer, Blackburn lead Twins to victory
Patient Minnesota waits out Sowers to claim series opener
By Thor Nystrom / MLB.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- The next time Minnesota faces Jeremy Sowers, it might behoove the club to spot Cleveland a few runs in exchange for allowing the game to begin in the sixth inning. Saved time would make up for the concession.
For the second time in a week, Sowers was perfect against the Twins through five innings. For the second time in a week, Twins starter Nick Blackburn outdueled Sowers, overcoming a lack of early run support by baffling Cleveland hitters. And for the second time in a week, Minnesota hung on despite early offensive futility to win, this time, 4-1.

full recap (http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20080801&content_id=3236905&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=min)

TEAM W L % GB
Chicago 61 47 .565 -
Minnesota 61 48 .560 0.5
Detroit 55 54 .505 6.5
Kansas City 50 60 .455 12.0
Cleveland 47 61 .435 14.0

Streaks: W2
Last 10: 6-4
Home: 38-20 Road: 23-28
Runs Scored: 540
Runs Against: 507

jetrazor74
08-03-2008, 10:52 AM
Dangit!! We had our chance yesterday and missed it! :brick:


Twins miss chance to take over first
Tribe's pair of two-out homers comes back to haunt Slowey
By Thor Nystrom / MLB.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins first baseman Justin Morneau was doing a little scoreboard watching prior to Saturday's game against the Indians. Good news was in the offing -- the Royals had just defeated the White Sox, putting first place in the American League Central there for the taking.
But just as was the case in every day since May 19, the club will fall asleep in second place. The latest unsuccessful attempt by the Twins to overcome the White Sox came via a 5-1 loss against the Indians on Saturday in front of 40,937 at the Metrodome.

http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20080802&content_id=3244303&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=min


Box Score

Cleveland AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Sizemore, CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 .275
Dellucci, DH 4 2 3 2 0 0 0 .234
Francisco, RF 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 .272
Peralta, SS 4 1 1 1 0 0 1 .269
Choo, LF 4 0 0 0 0 3 1 .239
Shoppach, C 3 1 1 2 1 2 0 .277
Garko, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .243
Marte, 3B 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .172
Cabrera, 2B 3 1 2 0 0 1 0 .206
Totals 34 5 7 5 1 10 8

BATTING
2B: Dellucci (16, Slowey), Peralta (31, Slowey), Cabrera (10, Slowey).
HR: Shoppach (12, 4th inning off Slowey, 1 on, 2 out), Dellucci (9, 5th inning off Slowey, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Dellucci 7; Peralta 2; Shoppach 4; Cabrera 3.
RBI: Peralta (60), Shoppach 2 (33), Dellucci 2 (37).
2-out RBI: Shoppach 2; Dellucci 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Sizemore.
Team LOB: 3.


Minnesota AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Span, RF 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 .310
Punto, 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .285
Mauer, C 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 .316
Morneau, 1B 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 .315
Kubel, DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 .261
Young, LF 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 .293
Buscher, 3B 3 0 1 0 0 1 1 .313
a-Ruiz, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .250
Harris, SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 .259
Gomez, CF 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 .257
Totals 31 1 6 1 2 2 8

a-Struck out for Buscher in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Span (7, Byrd).
TB: Span 3; Young 2; Buscher; Gomez.
RBI: Morneau (87).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Harris; Kubel; Mauer.
S: Punto.
SF: Morneau.
Team LOB: 7.

FIELDING
E: Gomez (7, fielding).




Cleveland IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Byrd (W, 6-10) 7.0 6 1 1 2 1 0 4.72
Perez 2.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.08
Minnesota IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Slowey (L, 7-8) 6.0 6 5 5 0 7 2 4.21
Bass 2.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4.73
Reyes 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 2.83


Pitches-strikes: Byrd 99-67, Perez 20-14, Slowey 100-68, Bass 19-13, Reyes 16-9.
Ground outs-fly outs: Byrd 9-11, Perez 3-2, Slowey 6-5, Bass 4-1, Reyes 1-0.
Batters faced: Byrd 29, Perez 6, Slowey 24, Bass 7, Reyes 4.
Umpires: HP: Dana DeMuth. 1B: Lance Barksdale. 2B: Doug Eddings. 3B: Ted Barrett.
Weather: 69 degrees, dome.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 2:29.
Att: 40,937.
August 2, 2008

jetrazor74
08-03-2008, 12:57 PM
Royals are up 10-0 over the whitesox in the bottom of the 5th, and the Twins are up 5-0 in the top of the 7th! If it continues, then we take 1st place today!!!! :dance::rockon::thumb::beer::cheers:

jetrazor74
08-03-2008, 03:09 PM
:beer::dance::thumb::cheers::rockon:


Twins move into first behind Liriano
Left-hander pitches six shutout innings in first start since April
By Thor Nystrom / MLB.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- He wasn't your big brother's Francisco Liriano, the 2006 version who frequently blew away hitters with an untouchable slider, but regardless, the Twins will walk away from Sunday ecstatic. The 24-year-old lefty made his return to the Metrodome mound on Sunday, and delivered his first stellar Major League start since Tommy John ligament replacement surgery on his left elbow in 2006.
He pitched six shutout innings, striking out five while allowing three hits and three walks as the Twins beat the Indians, 6-2, to move back into first place in the American League Central with the White Sox losing big to the Royals.

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Minnesota 6, Cleveland 2 Today's Boxes 8/3/08 NYY 14, LAA 9 COL 3, FLA 2 ATL 5, MIL 0 WSH 4, CIN 2 BOS 5, OAK 2 TB 6, DET 5 HOU 4, NYM 0 KC 14, CWS 3 CHC 8, PIT 5 SD 2, SF 1 LAD 5, ARI 2 BAL 4, SEA 4
Minnesota (62-49)
Won 1
August 3, 2008
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 7 0
Minnesota 0 0 1 0 2 2 0 1 X 6 6 1


Standings thru 8/3/08 | Recap: CLE | MIN | Wrap | Gameday

Cleveland AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Sizemore, CF 3 0 1 1 2 1 0 .275
Carroll, 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 .267
Francisco, RF 4 1 1 1 0 2 5 .272
Peralta, SS 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 .269
Shoppach, C 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 .276
Garko, DH 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 .243
Gutierrez, LF 4 1 1 0 0 0 3 .212
Gonzalez, 1B 3 0 1 0 1 1 1 .333
Cabrera, 2B 3 0 0 0 0 2 2 .203
Totals 33 2 7 2 3 8 16

BATTING
2B: Sizemore (25, Crain).
HR: Francisco (11, 8th inning off Guerrier, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Sizemore 2; Francisco 4; Peralta; Shoppach; Garko; Gutierrez; Gonzalez.
RBI: Sizemore (64), Francisco (40).
2-out RBI: Sizemore.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Francisco 4; Carroll.
S: Cabrera.
GIDP: Gutierrez.
Team LOB: 8.

FIELDING
DP: (Carroll-Cabrera-Gonzalez).

Minnesota AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Span, RF 4 2 2 1 0 0 0 .315
Punto, 2B 4 1 1 1 0 1 0 .284
Redmond, C 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .270
Morneau, DH 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 .313
Kubel, LF 2 1 0 0 1 1 1 .260
Young, LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .293
Lamb, 1B 3 1 1 1 0 0 1 .229
Buscher, 3B 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 .314
Harris, SS 3 1 1 1 0 1 1 .259
Gomez, CF 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .255
Totals 29 6 6 5 2 5 4

BATTING
3B: Lamb (3, Ginter), Punto (3, Ginter).
HR: Harris (6, 3rd inning off Ginter, 0 on, 1 out), Span (2, 8th inning off Rincon, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Span 5; Punto 3; Lamb 3; Buscher; Harris 4.
RBI: Harris (37), Lamb (29), Buscher (28), Punto (20), Span (12).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Lamb.
GIDP: Harris.
Team LOB: 1.

FIELDING
E: Harris (9, throw).
DP: (Harris-Punto-Lamb).

Cleveland IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Ginter (L, 1-3) 6.0 5 5 5 2 3 1 5.14
Mastny 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 10.80
Rincon 1.0 1 1 1 0 1 1 6.45
Minnesota IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Liriano (W, 1-3) 6.0 3 0 0 3 5 0 7.16
Crain 1.0 2 1 1 0 2 0 3.48
Guerrier 1.0 2 1 1 0 1 1 3.53
Reyes 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.73


WP: Ginter.
IBB: Morneau (by Ginter).
Pitches-strikes: Ginter 87-49, Mastny 16-11, Rincon 20-12, Liriano 96-56, Crain 24-14, Guerrier 12-10, Reyes 10-8.
Ground outs-fly outs: Ginter 9-6, Mastny 0-2, Rincon 0-2, Liriano 8-5, Crain 1-0, Guerrier 1-1, Reyes 1-2.
Batters faced: Ginter 24, Mastny 3, Rincon 4, Liriano 24, Crain 5, Guerrier 5, Reyes 3.
Umpires: HP: Lance Barksdale. 1B: Doug Eddings. 2B: Ted Barrett. 3B: Dana DeMuth.
Weather: 68 degrees, dome.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 2:29.
Att: 39,818.
August 3, 2008


TEAM W L % GB
Minnesota 62 49 .559 -
Chicago 61 49 .555 0.5
Detroit 55 56 .495 7.0
Kansas City 52 60 .464 10.5
Cleveland 48 62 .436 13.5

Streaks: W1
Last 10: 7-3
Home: 39-21 Road: 23-28
Runs Scored: 547
Runs Against: 514

jetrazor74
08-04-2008, 11:00 PM
Wow! We let the Mariners score TEN FRICKIN RUNS in the 7th inning and blew 6 nothing lead. *shakes head* Yesterday I'm elated by their play. Today they embarass me! :eek:

Twins shocked in Seattle
Minnesota pitchers give up 10 runs in seventh inning
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com

SEATTLE -- The Twins have grown accustomed recently to seeing late-inning momentum swings go their way.
On Monday night in Seattle, the Twins discovered what it was like to be on the other side of that swing -- and they found out quickly.

One big swing of the bat by Raul Ibanez turned a five-run lead by Minnesota into just one and began an improbable comeback as the Mariners picked up an 11-6 victory over the Twins at Safeco Field.

jetrazor74
08-09-2008, 09:35 PM
Well, we moved back into 1st place today! Hopefully the whitesox will lose again to the redsox and we can beat the Royals again on Sunday to give us a little lead on them before the Yanks come to town!! :salute:


Liriano lifts Twins into first place
Hurler tosses 5 2/3 strong innings; offense posts five-run sixth
By Mark Dent / MLB.com

KANSAS CITY -- The Twins finally cashed in on their scoring opportunities.
After being unable to bring runners home for most of Friday night and early Saturday, Minnesota posted a big sixth inning and won easily, 7-3, against the Royals at Kauffman Stadium. With the victory, the Twins passed the White Sox -- who lost to the Red Sox earlier Saturday -- to take sole possession of first place in the American League Central.

http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20080809&content_id=3281001&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=min

TEAM W L % GB
Minnesota 65 51 .560 -
Chicago 64 51 .557 0.5
Detroit 57 59 .491 8.0
Kansas City 53 64 .453 12.5
Cleveland 51 64 .443 13.5

Streaks: W3
Last 10: 6-4
Home: 39-21 Road: 26-30
Runs Scored: 578
Runs Against: 540

Southstander
08-09-2008, 10:02 PM
Sorry to hear about what happend to your player in his rehab start.

jetrazor74
08-10-2008, 08:39 PM
Well.... I just don't know what to say. We gave the ball game to KC and 1st place back to the wht sx..... *sigh*



Doubly painful loss
Twins waste Baker's solid outing, fall out of first place
By Mark Dent / MLB.com

KANSAS CITY -- Even for a losing clubhouse, Minnesota's felt particularly somber Sunday.
Teammates talked in whispers, if at all. Only one player bothered with the spread of food immediately after the game.

A road trip was finished, but that was about the only joy.

The Twins left for home with a bullpen full of dead arms, a first-place spot gone and questions going through their heads about a 5-4 loss in 12 innings to the Royals that, no matter how they look at it, should've been prevented.

"Easiest way to describe that ballgame," manager Ron Gardenhire said, "is we gave it away."

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jetrazor74
08-10-2008, 09:01 PM
Sorry to hear about what happend to your player in his rehab start.

Yeah, it really sucked. Cuddyer is one of our better players.

Thanks, bro! :salute:

jetrazor74
08-11-2008, 09:12 PM
Well we blanked the Yanks today to take back first!:dance: Maybe we can hold onto it for more than a day this time!! :ugh:


Perkins' eight shutout frames lift Twins
A day after daughter's birth, left-hander dominates Yankees
By Thor Nystrom / MLB.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- Monday evening provided two forms of vindication for the Twins. Starter Glen Perkins, who entered the contest 0-2 against the Yankees, pitched eight shutout innings, while Minnesota's offense finally got a small amount of revenge against Sidney Ponson.
It was enough for the Twins to start a nine-game homestand with a 4-0 victory over the Yankees.

http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20080811&content_id=3293284&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=min

TEAM W L % GB
Minnesota 66 52 .559 -
Chicago 65 52 .556 0.5
Detroit 58 60 .492 8.0
Kansas City 54 64 .458 12.0
Cleveland 53 64 .453 12.5

Streaks: W1
Last 10: 6-4
Home: 40-21 Road: 26-31
Runs Scored: 586
Runs Against: 545

jetrazor74
08-15-2008, 10:02 PM
We took 2 of 3 from the Yanks and we've started out nicely against the Mariners. We just have to keep winning and hope the whtsox go on a losing streak soon.


Liriano dominates in win over Seattle
Lefty gives up two hits over seven; Kubel drives in three runs
By Thor Nystrom / MLB.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins welcomed Carlos Silva back to the Metrodome on Friday and then gleefully contributed to the right-hander's continued nightmare campaign. Meanwhile, Minnesota starter Francisco Liriano congruently continued his stellar return from the Minors. The combination helped the Twins breeze to a 9-3 victory.

Minnesota battered Silva, who left the club to sign with Seattle in the offseason, to the tune of nine earned runs and nine hits in 3 1/3 innings

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jetrazor74
08-17-2008, 04:55 AM
Well, a walk off win is always exciting, except it never should have come to that!! :eek: At least we're tied for 1st right now! :dance:


Buscher's sac fly wins it in ninth inning
Twins seal victory in final frame after losing five-run lead
By Thor Nystrom / MLB.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins were breezing to one of those lazy afternoon victories, jumping to an early five-run lead against an overmatched team while their No. 1 starter finished things quickly enough to have everyone home for dinner.
Only it didn't quite turn out that way.

Minnesota ratcheted up the degree of difficulty, coughing up the lead during a six-run Seattle sixth inning, but used a vintage Twins-style ninth-inning rally to pull out a thrilling 7-6 victory on Saturday afternoon.


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TEAM W L % GB
Chicago 69 53 .566 -
Minnesota 69 53 .566 -
Detroit 60 63 .488 9.5
Cleveland 55 67 .451 14.0
Kansas City 55 68 .447 14.5

Streaks: W3
Last 10: 7-3
Home: 43-22 Road: 26-31
Runs Scored: 612
Runs Against: 565

jetrazor74
08-17-2008, 07:50 PM
A series sweep of the Mariner's makes up for us letting them win the series when we were in Seattle. :dance:

We host the Athletics over the next three days and we're gonna need to step up huge and sweep them too because after that, we visit the Halos for a four game series and we'll need all the help we can get! :eek:


Nathan comes through big with save
Closer delivers for Twins in series-finale win over Mariners
By Thor Nystrom / MLB.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- In the clubhouse near his locker prior to Sunday's game, Twins closer Joe Nathan leaned down and picked up his 3-year-old son Cole. Nathan kissed the boy, who was decked out in an oversized Nathan 36 jersey.
"I'll see you after the game," Nathan said, setting down Cole, who waddled from the clubhouse, escorted by his grandfather.

It would be a while. More than five hours later, Nathan stood at the same locker, sweat pouring down his reddened face, breathing heavily and looking like he had just outrun an angry mob.

In a way he had.

Nathan worked out of bases-loaded jams in consecutive innings, while holding off Seattle, a team that has steadfastly refused to make things easy on Minnesota this year, in a wild 11-8 Twins victory.

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jetrazor74
08-22-2008, 09:57 PM
We torched the Halos tonight 9-0 which gives us a 1/2 game lead in the Central! :dance: Let's see if we can hold onto that for mor than a day this time!

So far our road trip is starting off well. I'm hoping we can go8-6 or 9-5 on this 14 game road trip!!


Perkins, Twins dominate Angels
Young, Span homer to back left-hander's superb outing
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com

ANAHEIM -- The Twins felt pretty satisfied by the way they were able to capture a one-run, 12-inning victory over the Angels on Thursday in the first game of the series at Angel Stadium.
On Friday night they didn't need such a thriller. Instead it was a 9-0 runaway win over the Angels that gave the Twins back the American League Central lead.

A standout performance by left-hander Glen Perkins handcuffed the Angels' offense for a second straight night. Perkins allowed just five hits over eight innings.


Delmon Young provided most of the Twins' early offensive support. After Minnesota was unable to score in each of the first three innings when its leadoff batter reached base, Young provided a big blast in the fourth. A two-run homer hit deep to right-center field by Young gave the Twins their first lead -- one they would not relinquish.

Another Twins outfielder helped add to the lead. Denard Span went 3-for-4 with four RBIs in the victory. That included a three-run homer, his third of the season, in the sixth inning.

jetrazor74
08-23-2008, 10:05 PM
A win tonight would've given us a 1 1/2 game lead on the whtsox in the AL Central, but we just couldn't pull it off. These are the games we have to win, especially on the road. The Twins need as much distance as possible between them and the whtsox to stay out of a stupid Wild Card race. I just hope the wht sox can continue to lose.


Shaky defense hurts Twins in loss
Three of six runs Blackburn surrenders are unearned
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com

ANAHEIM -- The Twins had an opportunity to extend their lead in the American League Central on Saturday night, but a combination of poor pitching and poor defense led to a 7-5 loss to the Angels at Angel Stadium.
With the White Sox having already lost to Tampa Bay at home by the time the Twins' contest started, Minnesota knew what a third consecutive victory over the Angels would mean to the division standings.

But Nick Blackburn couldn't extend the Twins' string of successful starts, pitching only 4 2/3 innings while throwing a total of 79 pitches. He gave up six runs on 10 hits, walking two and not recording a strikeout.

Blackburn (9-8) worked himself into a few jams, but he didn't get any help from his defense either. Only three of the six runs that Blackburn gave up were earned. That was thanks to two errors by third baseman Brian Buscher in the third inning.

Buscher recorded a throwing error during Mike Napoli's leadoff at-bat of the inning, allowing Napoli to reach. The third baseman then bobbled a hard hit grounder from Torii Hunter later on in the third.

Blackburn wasn't the only starter who was unable to make it past the fifth inning. Angels right-hander Jon Garland was pulled after just 4 1/3 innings. He gave up five earned runs on six hits, including a solo home run by Alexi Casilla in the fourth. But most of Garland's troubles came in the fifth, when the Twins tagged him for four more runs.

Trailing 6-1, the Twins loaded the bases with no outs in the inning. Denard Span drove in one run on a sacrifice fly to center. Joe Mauer tallied two RBIs on a single to left field that sent Garland (12-8) packing. Justin Morneau's groundout off Darren Oliver then scored the Twins' final run of the inning.

The loss left the Twins still a half-game up on the White Sox in the AL Central race.

jetrazor74
08-24-2008, 08:24 PM
Congrats to you Justin!! :salute:


Morneau joins Killebrew in RBI feat
First baseman reaches 100 RBIs for third straight season
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com

ANAHEIM -- Twins first baseman Justin Morneau joined some elite company on Sunday afternoon when he drove in his 100th RBI of the season.
Morneau became only the second Twins player to record 100 or more RBIs in three consecutive seasons. The first was Harmon Killebrew, who accomplished the feat from 1969-1971.

"He's a Hall of Famer, 573 homers, and he did a lot more in his career than I've done in mine so far," Morneau said of Killebrew. "He's the guy that has all the power records in our organization, so to have my name next to him is pretty nice. But I still have a long way to go before I come even close to doing anything that he did."

Morneau's record-tying RBI came against the Angels in the first inning, when Morneau singled to left field off starter Ervin Santana, scoring Denard Span from third base.

The first baseman brought his season total to 102 RBIs by the end of the game. He went 3-for-4, drove in three runs and hit his 20th home run of the season.

It also was a performance that helped Morneau snap a dubious streak. He entered Sunday's contest with just one hit in his previous 31 at-bats vs. the Angels, dating to last season. So putting together that type of outing in Sunday's 5-3 loss was a positive for Morneau, even if he said he would have rather come away with a victory.

"Hopefully, this is something to build on for me personally," Morneau said.

As for his feat, Morneau received his 100th RBI ball and will save it as a keepsake -- one that he says might end up meaning more to him down the road.

"It's one of those things that you don't pay too much attention to it while you're playing, but maybe when I'm done playing, I'll look back on it as a pretty good accomplishment," Morneau said. "Right now, we're in a pennant race and going to need more than 100 RBIs. I need to keep driving in runs and helping us win ballgames."

jetrazor74
08-24-2008, 08:30 PM
And we lose a game, and drop to 1/2 game behind in the AL Central.... again. :rolleyes:


Twins falter late in loss to Angels
Morneau drives in three runs, reaches 100-RBI plateau
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com

ANAHEIM -- Four days ago, when the Twins headed off for the start of their road trip of 14 games in 15 days, a series split against the Angels would have seemed like a good way to kick it off.
But after two straight wins to start the series were followed by the club watching two potential victories disappear in the past two days, the Twins were left on Sunday afternoon feeling like an opportunity was wasted -- particularly after Sunday's 5-3 loss in which Minnesota saw an early three-run vanish in the latter innings. It was a loss that not only cost the Twins a series victory but also the club's hold on first place in the American League Central.

The Twins fell to a half-game back of the White Sox with the loss. Chicago rallied earlier in the day to take a 6-5, 10-inning victory over the Rays at home.

jetrazor74
08-26-2008, 02:52 AM
well, we dropped our 3rd game in a row and the series opener in Seattle and dropped to a full game behind the wht sox. :mad:


Twins dealt 11th-inning loss
Closer Nathan suffers fourth blown save of season
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com

SEATTLE -- The Twins' late-inning bullpen woes continued on Monday night. But this time it wasn't the eighth inning when the Twins watched a lead disappear.
After welcoming back left-hander Eddie Guardado by having him pitch a perfect eighth inning to hold a one-run lead, the Twins saw things fall apart in the ninth.

All-Star closer Joe Nathan suffered just his fourth blown save of the season, and his second in Seattle, as the Mariners scored one run in the ninth to send it to extra innings.

Unlike previous blown saves by Nathan, the Twins weren't able to stage a comeback. They lost for the first time this season when heading into the ninth with a lead as Adrian Beltre blasted a two-run homer in the 11th off right-hander Jesse Crain to hand the Twins a 4-2 loss at Safeco Field.

jetrazor74
08-30-2008, 10:03 PM
this road trip is not going well for us. :mad: I'll be happy if we get home with a 7-7 record.


Nathan blows save as A's walk off
Twins miss chance to move into first place
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com

OAKLAND -- Twins closer Joe Nathan suffered his second blown save in five days on Saturday night. Nathan gave up two runs in the bottom of the ninth to hand Minnesota a 3-2 loss to the A's at McAfee Coliseum.

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jetrazor74
08-31-2008, 09:01 PM
Well, we're 5-6 on this road trip, heading to Toronto. Of course they swept us last time we were there. :rolleyes: If we can win this series, I'll count this road trip a success!! :dance:


Twins feel good after win despite fatigue
Morneau's homer helps Minnesota keep pace with White Sox
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com

OAKLAND -- Warming up before Sunday's series finale in Oakland, Twins first baseman Justin Morneau said he couldn't remember a time when his body felt worse this season.
Pitcher Scott Baker was trying to remember if he had ever made three starts on a road trip before this one.

With the way the Twins were talking following a 12-4 blowout victory over the A's on Sunday afternoon, it would seem like they had just finished a typical, long three-city West Coast swing.

But the reality was that even after 11 straight games on the road, the Twins aren't done just yet.

The club's longest road trip in 39 years finished its West Coast swing on Sunday. And what awaited the club? Yet another plane ride to a different city. Oh yeah, and one that's three time zones away -- Toronto.

"This road trip is getting a little tough," Baker admitted after allowing just one run to the A's over his six innings. "The hotel rooms start to run together a bit and it's a little bit monotonous.

"But I think we keep concentrating on each series, saying let's take it one series at a time. And finally we're on the last leg of it. It's a grind for sure, but we want to finish strong."

The Twins made their cross-country plane ride and ensuing off-day on Monday a little easier by cruising to a victory on Sunday afternoon.

That's because one day after suffering perhaps their most crushing defeat of the season in a 3-2 loss to the A's in the ninth inning on Saturday night, the Twins offense found a way to help the club quickly move on from it.

"This team has had a pretty good short memory all year," Morneau said. "We've bounced back from tough losses like that it seems like pretty well."

Two big home runs in the first six innings helped the Twins catapult to a 6-1 lead.

Morneau played a big part in that, driving in the first Twins run in the first inning with an RBI single to center. Following a two-run homer by Alexi Casilla in the second inning off A's starter Greg Smith, Morneau added a three-run blast to start off the sixth.

The three-run shot gave Morneau career RBIs Nos. 500, 501 and 502. He became only the ninth Twins player to reach the 500 career RBIs mark.

But personal accomplishments certainly aren't what is helping Morneau to get through the usual aches and pains that come at this time of the year.

"The energy from a pennant race, there is nothing like it," Morneau said. "I kept looking up there to see that Chicago-Boston score change but it was 4-2 our whole game. It's just one of those things. You are paying attention [to the scores] and you try not to let it distract you. But at the same time, we knew we had to win today going into the off-day."

After the White Sox picked up a 4-2 win over Boston earlier on Sunday, the Twins knew they needed a victory to keep them just a half-game back of Chicago in the division race. With that in mind, the early offensive output helped to make things a tad easier for Baker (8-4), who delivered his third quality start of this road trip and earned his first "W" since July 26.

Even though the Twins had built a 6-1 lead for their starter following Morneau's homer with no outs in the sixth, the offense didn't let up.

Jason Kubel followed up Morneau's homer with a double to left field. And pinch-runner Carlos Gomez replaced Kubel and immediately stole third base. It allowed Gomez to score on Mike Redmond's RBI double to right. Denard Span then delivered a sacrifice fly to left with the bases loaded and one out to make it an 8-1 contest.

Considering that eight of the first 10 games of the road trip had been decided by two runs or less, the team was determined not to let up on any scoring opportunities.

"I think we all understand that a five-run lead is nothing in baseball anymore," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "So in the sixth inning, we've got to go at it as hard as we can. Here in this ballpark -- and on this road trip -- we've seen too many crazy things happen."

The Twins didn't let anything outrageous happen Sunday, adding four more runs over their final two innings even when left-hander Eddie Guardado gave up three runs in two-thirds of an inning in the eighth. And the ballclub headed off to Toronto with a 5-6 record so far on the road trip.

An off-day on Monday will give the Twins a short reprieve before they take on the Blue Jays for the final three games of this cross-country trek.

Morneau admitted that these first 11 games of the trip, which completed a stretch of 17 straight for the club, have taken their toll on the players physically as well as mentally. That's why he said it seems like the perfect time for an off-day.

But then again, when a team finds itself possibly just one game away from taking possession of first place, the grind at this time of the season doesn't seem quite so bad.

"We're a half-game back so when you go out there you seem to feel pretty good, pretty quick," Morneau said with a laugh. "You feel those aches and pains a lot more when you are 10 games back then when you are a half-game back. Off-days are nice but we are playing for something. So it'll be good to be running back out there again."

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jetrazor74
09-02-2008, 05:02 AM
Good luck to Morneau, Mauer and the boys as they head into game 1 of the final series on this crazy long road trip. (The longest in on in many years, I believe.) Let's :hammer: those Blue Jays!!! w00t!! :dance:

jetrazor74
09-05-2008, 11:09 PM
Well we ended the longest road trip in 39 years by getting swept a second time this season by the Blue Jays. *sigh* The good news is that even after a dismal 5-9, we're only 1 1/2 games behind the whtsox. Hopefully we can close that gap and pull ahead more than 1/2 a game. We're never gonna make up the 5 1/2 games behind Boston for the Wild Card slot, but we may be able to win the AL Central.

Anyway, congrats to Justin on his Grand Slam!!! :dance:


Twins ride Liriano's grand performance
Big innings power Minnesota; club stays 1 1/2 behind ChicagoBy Kelly Thesier / MLB.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins returned to the Metrodome on Friday afternoon a bit tired and fatigued from their 14-game, 15-day road trip.
Having arrived back to the Twin Cities in the early hours of Friday morning, the Twins' hitters didn't take batting practice before their contest against the Tigers, a move that manager Ron Gardenhire hoped would allow his team a little extra rest following its late arrival home.

One Twin that the club hoped would be sharper than the rest was starter Francisco Liriano. The left-hander flew back from Toronto on his own on Thursday afternoon to get plenty of sleep before his start.

Not that pitching coach Rick Anderson could tell from the way that Liriano was warming up in the bullpen prior to taking the mound.

"He had a really rough warmup and he was kind of rolling his eyes a bit," Anderson said of Liriano. "I was thinking, 'We had to all fly late last night. He got the rest and he's warming up cruddy.' But sometimes that's a good omen."

Liriano might not have been sharp in in the bullpen, but that certainly wasn't the case once the game started. On a night when the Twins desperately needed a lift, Liriano provided it, in a 10-2 victory over the Tigers.

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jetrazor74
09-06-2008, 08:51 PM
In the last few weeks, the bull pen has really screwed us. They've lost several games for us now, late, and I'm starting to get really peeved about it. It's gonna cost us the post season!! :brick:


Twins' 'pen falters in loss to Tigers
Reyes, Guerrier give up big homers in eighth inning
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- Over the past few seasons, the Twins' bullpen has been considered one of the club's biggest strengths.
Lately, it's been their Achilles' heel.

The club watched yet another late-inning lead vanish on Saturday afternoon, this time in the eighth inning, in a 6-4 loss to the Tigers at the Metrodome.

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jetrazor74
09-07-2008, 08:38 PM
Our pen just can't seem to hold anyone off lately! :mad: :doh:


Twins can't contain Tigers in finale
Bullpen surrenders lead in sixth; Morneau drives in four runs
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- Sitting in his office before Sunday's series finale against the Tigers, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire looked physically drained. He admitted that Minnesota's recent 14-game road trip and this ensuing series vs. Detroit had taken a toll. And mentally, he was feeling the effects of few breaks during his team's recent rough stretch.
Gardenhire was just hoping to have a positive send-off into the club's first off-day at home since mid-August.

But on Sunday afternoon, his ballclub looked as fatigued as its skipper. From the missed plays in the field to the slow bats and the pitches left up in the zone, the Twins just couldn't seem to get things going in a 7-5 loss to the Tigers at the Metrodome.

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jetrazor74
09-14-2008, 01:45 AM
We swept the double-header by a combined score of 24-8!! :clap: :dance: And with the whtsx rained out, we moved back into a tie for 1st! The AL Central is ours for the taking! C'mon you Twinkies!!! :rockon:


Twins sweep twin bill to tie atop Central
Minnesota capitalizes on idle Chicago's rainouts with two wins
By Amanda Comak / MLB.com

BALTIMORE -- Finishing one game and beginning another within 20 minutes isn't exactly the easiest task for a baseball team. But the Twins closed out Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader by putting up a five-spot on the Orioles in the ninth and then opened the second by giving starter Glen Perkins a six-run cushion before he even took the mound.
The Twins' runs just kept on coming in a 12-6 thrashing of the Orioles in Game 2, bringing Minnesota's total offense for the day to 24 runs following the 12-2 opener. The doubleheader sweep gave the Twins their first two road wins against an American League East opponent this season and pulled them into a tie for the AL Central lead. The Twins' first inning, which saw the first five batters reach before an out was recorded, knocked Orioles starter Garrett Olson from the game after just two-thirds of an inning.

The Twins gave two of those runs back, but then went on to put up five more over the course of the next three innings, giving their hurlers 11 runs of support that was largely insurmountable -- though the Orioles did try. Perkins struggled, allowing six runs through three innings of work, but even that outing wasn't enough to take the sweep away from Minnesota.

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jetrazor74
09-15-2008, 09:19 PM
The way we've been missing these opportunities since the break, I'm not gonna be suprised if we miss the playoffs. 3 hits off of a stupid ROOKIE!! :eek: :doh:


Slowey outdueled by Tribe rookie
Twins manage just three hits off Lewis in six innings
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com

CLEVELAND -- The opportunities to gain ground in the division race seem to keep coming for the Twins.
But those chances -- like the one Minnesota had Monday night -- keep passing without the club finding itself any closer to the Chicago White Sox.

On a night when the White Sox suffered yet another loss -- this one at the hands of the Yankees -- the Twins were unable to take advantage. Instead, a 3-1 loss to the Indians in the series opener at Progressive Field kept the Twins 1 1/2 games back of Chicago in the American League Central hunt.

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TEAM W L % GB
Chicago 83 66 .557 -
Minnesota 82 68 .547 1.5
Cleveland 73 77 .487 10.5
Detroit 70 79 .470 13.0
Kansas City 66 84 .440 17.5

Streaks: L2
Last 10: 5-5
Home: 49-26 Road: 33-42
Runs Scored: 770
Runs Against: 676

jetrazor74
09-19-2008, 09:53 PM
After a great 9th inning comeback on Thursday, we really got hammered by the Rays. :( :doh: We're gonna need some big help outta KC! As long as we can keep within 3 games of chicago, we'll still have a shot to make the playoffs!! :dance:


Blackburn's Twins crushed by Rays
Minnesota starter lasts just 1 1/3 innings in big loss
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Twins were hoping that a ninth-inning comeback against one of the best teams in baseball on Thursday night might be the spark they needed.
Instead, they followed it up on Friday with an absolute clunker, suffering an 11-1 loss to the Rays at Tropicana Field. It was the Twins' worst loss since they fell to the Blue Jays, 9-0, in Toronto on Sept. 4.

And the loss dropped the Twins once again to 2 1/2 games back in the American League Central race behind the White Sox following Chicago's 9-4 win over Kansas City.

For the Twins, it was much of the same story in this loss. They were once again plagued by a problem that keeps popping up over the course of the road trip -- rough outings by their starters.

One night after Glen Perkins lasted just two-thirds of an inning in his start, the Twins were handed another rough outing by their starter. This time out, Nick Blackburn gave up six runs on six hits while pitching only 1 1/3 innings.
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jetrazor74
09-21-2008, 08:34 PM
In a must win game in Tampa Bay today, the Twinkies prevailed!!! :dance:

Now we HAVE to sweep the chisox in the next series!!! :fight: Let's go boys!!! :salute:


Twins take finale against Rays
Minnesota trails Chicago by 2 1/2 games in AL Central
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com

ST. PETERSBURG -- At the end of Sunday's series finale with the Rays, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire tried to get the attention of the skipper in the other dugout, Joe Maddon.
Gardenhire held up his cap and tipped it, congratulating Maddon once again on the Rays' clinching of a postseason spot on Saturday.

But Gardenhire had another message for Maddon as well: "Hope to see you in a week."

If the Rays can hold on to their slim lead over the Red Sox and clinch the American League East, they will face the winner of the AL Central in the first round of the playoffs. And on Sunday, the Twins kept alive their hopes of being that club by picking up a 4-1 win over the Rays.

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jetrazor74
09-26-2008, 08:10 PM
After sweeping the chisox in the Metrodome, we got crushed by the Royals... :mad: At least we got some help from Cleveland, but that was our big chance to get ahead..... and we blew it as usuall :doh:


Liriano roughed up in Twins' loss
Left-hander knocked out by Royals in fifth inning of defeat
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- Coming off their biggest win of the year, the Twins looked to be suffering from an emotional letdown on Friday night in an 8-1 loss to the Royals at the Metrodome.
One day after completing a series sweep over the White Sox to take a half-game lead in the American League Central, the Twins couldn't do anything right in the series opener vs. Kansas City -- offensively or on the pitching side of things.

Twins starter Francisco Liriano did not look like the pitcher who was 6-0 with a 2.05 ERA in 10 previous starts since returning to the club in early August. After a strong first inning, Liriano (6-4) couldn't find his stuff or his location. He lasted just 4 1/3 innings, giving up six runs on 11 hits.

Right-hander Phil Humber replaced Liriano in the fifth and gave up two runs over his two innings.

Minnesota's offense, on the other hand, had a difficult time with Royals starter Kyle Davies. The right-hander pitched six solid innings and allowed just one run on four hits. He tied his career high with eight strikeouts while throwing a total of 98 pitches.

The Twins' lone run off Davies (9-7) came in the sixth inning. Denard Span led off with a triple to center field. He then scored on Alexi Casilla's groundout.

Third baseman Brian Buscher left the game in the top of the fifth inning due to feeling light-headed and dizzy. Buscher grounded into a double play in his only at-bat of the game in the second inning.

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jetrazor74
09-28-2008, 12:20 AM
Thank heavens that the Indians are playing like they have something to play for, because the Twins sure haven't the last two days! :brick: Tomorrow is a MUST WIN GAME for us!! :eek: please, God, let the Indians win tomorrow!!


Twins maintain half-game lead
Minnesota offense struggles in disappointing loss to Royals
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- The critics have been waiting all season for the Twins' clutch hitting to disappear.
And at the time they needed it most, it did in a 4-2 loss to the Royals on Saturday afternoon at the Metrodome.

"It's definitely disappointing," outfielder Denard Span said. "We had opportunities, we had our chances. They just beat us at our own game today, they really did. They capitalized on some opportunities with guys in scoring position. That was the difference. We didn't."

A victory in the contest would have ensured the Twins of at least a half-game lead over the White Sox in the American League Central race heading into Sunday's regular-season finale.

Instead, the Twins stumbled for the second straight day against the Royals and had to wait for the results of the White Sox-Indians game taking place at U.S. Cellular Field later that night.

"A very tough loss, and now we just have to wait and put it in somebody else's hands, which is very disappointing," manager Ron Gardenhire said.

It wasn't the situation they were hoping for, but if the Twins end up winning the division, they will likely have the Indians to thank. Cleveland pulled off yet another victory over Chicago on Saturday night to keep Minnesota's lead in the division at a half-game.

But that likely only made Saturday's loss more difficult for Minnesota. That's because, unlike in the previous night's 8-1 loss to the Royals where the Twins struggled to do anything offensively, the club had plenty of chances this time. They just couldn't convert.

The Twins entered the game with a Major League-leading .308 batting average with runners in scoring position. But on Saturday, they went just 3-for-13 (.231) in those situations.

Minnesota also grounded into four double plays on Saturday -- all of them coming in big situations.

The first of those came when the Twins had tagged Royals starter Gil Meche for a run in the second inning. Following Brendan Harris' RBI double to center, Minnesota had runners on first and third with only one out. That's when Carlos Gomez came to the plate and grounded into just his seventh double play of the season.

After taking a 2-0 lead against Meche in the third on Joe Mauer's sacrifice fly, the Twins once again couldn't add to it. This time, Jason Kubel grounded into a double play with runners on first and second and just one out.

Those missed chances left the Twins unable to build a solid lead for left-hander Glen Perkins, who recovered from a string of disappointing starts to allow just one run over his five innings.

"It's tough, it's frustrating," Harris said. "We had so much adrenaline going, and now it's kind of a letdown after the game."

No one was immune to the double-play troubles on Saturday, including the Twins' two stalwarts in the middle of the order -- Mauer and Justin Morneau. And it was Morneau's double play that came at perhaps the biggest point in the game.

The Royals tied the game at 2 in the sixth on a series of bloop hits off right-hander Boof Bonser. But the Twins were able to get out of a bases-loaded, no outs situation in that inning without any more damage. And even when Kansas City took a 4-2 lead in the top of the seventh on a bloop single by Ryan Shealy into shallow right field just out of the reach of Morneau, Minnesota had a chance to tie the game in the seventh.

Morneau came to the plate with the bases loaded and one out to face left-hander John Bale, who replaced Meche after the starter allowed the first two runners in the inning to reach base. On the first pitch from Bale, Morneau grounded into a 6-4-3 double play.

"I got the pitch I was looking for with the bases loaded, a fastball pretty much right down the middle," Morneau said. "I hit the top of it, right at the shortstop -- with my speed, that's a double play."

The inability to deliver in that situation caused Morneau to break his bat on the field, something that isn't seen often from the first baseman. While Mauer's double play in an attempted ninth-inning rally was a blip in a hot-hitting spell for the catcher, the same cannot be said of Morneau.

Saturday's 1-for-5 performance extended a streak of troubles for Morneau, who is hitting just .171 over his past nine games. And even more glaring is the fact that during that stretch, the first baseman has driven in just one run.

"He's trying as hard as he possibly can," Gardenhire said. "We need to pick him up every once in a while, too."

"I just take it game by game," Morneau said of his recent spell. "Obviously, I'd like to be driving in runs, but it goes in stretches."

It was tough to drop the first game of the series against the Royals on Friday, and the Twins' clubhouse was undeniably quiet following this latest loss. The players were left to head home without knowing exactly where they stood heading into Sunday's regular-season finale.

Could they handle watching their opponent on television later that night to discover their fate?

"I'm not watching anything," Carlos Gomez said. "I watch my team. I don't have to watch anybody else. We have to take care of business here, not watch the other guys."

With Chicago's loss on Saturday, the Twins could clinch the division with a win and another White Sox loss on Sunday. If the day's events don't follow that plan, Chicago will be forced to finish off their regular season on Monday with a rainout makeup against Detroit. The result of that contest would determine whether a one-game tiebreaker at U.S. Cellular Field on Tuesday would be necessary.

So, while the Twins were unaware of their scenario heading into Sunday, they had one clear mission -- pick up a victory and at least keep their playoff hopes alive.

"The first thing we have to do is win that ballgame tomorrow, and then we'll see what happens," Morneau said. "It's one of those things where we've had some chances in these games, and we just haven't gotten it done. Today was a ballgame we definitely could have won -- just one big hit away, and we didn't get it."


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jetrazor74
09-28-2008, 07:45 PM
Well we took care of our business today... too bad we couldn't have taken care of business the last 2 days as well. I guess I'm a Tigers fan now...... (just for tomorrow tho!!)


Baker stifles Royals in season finale
Twins' eyes turn to Monday's White Sox makeup game
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins' 162-game regular-season schedule is complete, but as of Sunday night, there was still no American League Central champion.
Minnesota maintained its half-game lead over the White Sox in the division race with a 6-0 victory against the Royals on Sunday afternoon in their regular-season finale at the Metrodome.

But thanks to Chicago's 5-1 win over Cleveland earlier in the day, the Twins will have to wait until at least Monday to find out if they will win their fifth AL Central title in the last seven seasons.

"It's kind of been an ongoing joke that no one wanted to win the Central, so this is kind of probably the way it should go down," Twins closer Joe Nathan said. "That there has to be at least one extra game tomorrow when the season is over."

The White Sox will have a chance to make up the half-game deficit when they host the Tigers on Monday for one last regular-season contest. It's a makeup of a game between the clubs that was rained out earlier this month.

A loss by the White Sox in that contest and the Twins are division champions. But if the South Siders manage a victory over Detroit, the Twins will be heading to Chicago for a one-game tiebreaker to decide the AL Central title on Tuesday.

It's clear what the Twins' preference would be.

"Hopefully, it works out to the point where we don't have to play that game," said pitcher Nick Blackburn, who is scheduled to start for the Twins on Tuesday in Chicago if the tiebreaker is needed. "I mean, it's fine if we do. I'll be excited to throw. But obviously, we would rather be going to Tampa Bay than to Chicago."

The Twins would have liked to already have been packing their bags on Sunday for the American League Division Series against the Rays. But they couldn't be too upset about the scenario of a possible one-game tiebreaker after missing chances to pick up a game on Chicago in their first two contests against the Royals.

Back-to-back losses to the Royals to start their final home series surprisingly didn't end up costing the Twins any ground in the division race. That's because the White Sox dropped two contests at home to Cleveland over those same two days.

So a win in either of those contests and the Twins would have been popping champagne in their home clubhouse on Sunday. Still, the players weren't focused on that after the game.

"You could say coulda, shoulda, woulda," Denard Span said. "But we're just happy that we won today. The season goes on, and we're not going home. You see us packing up to go to Chicago or Tampa Bay, but we're not packing up to go home."

The victory was necessary for the Twins to keep control of their season. Otherwise, the club would have left its entire playoff fate in the hands of the White Sox in Monday's contest.

So on a day when a victory to salvage the series against the Royals was greatly needed, it only seemed fitting that right-hander Scott Baker was on the mound for Minnesota.

Of the five pitchers in the rotation, Baker is considered to be the "veteran." And he looked like one in this win in front of 42,942 fans at the Metrodome.

Baker (11-4) pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing just four hits to the Royals and tying his career high in strikeouts with nine.

"We've been playing a lot of Game 7s, and today was another Game 7," Nick Punto said. "Scott Baker took that ball and performed like a Game 7 starting pitcher. We needed that. It was a huge win."

"It was a situation where it was a must-win game," Baker added. "I was going to go out there and give my best effort, and whatever happened, happened. Thankfully, it worked out today."

The Twins didn't manage a ton of offense early in this one, as Baker pitched with a 2-0 lead during most of the contest. The Twins tagged Royals starter Brandon Duckworth for just the two runs (one earned) over his six innings. It included an RBI double by Span in the second inning. The other run scored on a fielding error by Royals catcher John Buck when Brendan Harris grounded into a fielder's choice in the third.

The club got a little more breathing room in the seventh when it added two more runs to its lead on a bases-loaded, one-out double by Delmon Young. It eased the burden on left-hander Jose Mijares, who pitched a scoreless eighth. Joe Mauer then added two more in the bottom of the eighth with a triple, giving Nathan a six-run cushion for the final inning.

But it wasn't necessarily how the Twins got the win on Sunday, just the fact that they got one at all.

"We finish the season ahead by a half-game, and who would have thought it at the beginning of the year?" manager Ron Gardenhire said. "No one gave us much of a chance, and now here we are. Whether it's a playoff game against the White Sox or going down to Tampa, we're in a pretty good position here to see what happens."

Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Scott Baker tied a career high with nine strikeouts in seven innings. (Tom Olmscheid/AP)
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jetrazor74
09-28-2008, 07:51 PM
C'mon Tigers!!!!!!!!!!!!! :fight:



Twins to watch Monday's game together
White Sox-Tigers makeup contest could decide AL Central
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire spent Saturday night flipping channels between football games on the television and trying his best to avoid the White Sox-Indians game, one that he knew was going to impact his team's playoff chances.
But on Monday, it will be quite a different story.

This time, when the White Sox host the Tigers for a makeup of a regular-season rainout -- a contest that will decide whether the Twins will have to head to Chicago for a one-game tiebreaker -- the skipper will be glued to the TV.

And he won't be the only one. The rest of his team will be sitting and watching right alongside him.

The Twins will gather as a team at the Metrodome on Monday afternoon to watch the contest, which is expected to be broadcast on ESPN2 at 1:05 p.m. CT. The impact of the game is quite clear for the Twins, who head into that contest with a half-game lead over Chicago in the division.

If the White Sox lose to the Tigers, the Twins will celebrate another American League Central title. But if the White Sox win, Minnesota will need to go to Chicago and win a tiebreaker game at U.S. Cellular Field on Tuesday to continue playing into October.

"Monday is going to be the first time we are all going to be big Detroit Tigers fans," closer Joe Nathan said. "We're all going to root for them."

The Twins' situation of having to sit around and wait at least one extra day to determine their playoff fate is unique -- even for a team that won a division title in 2006 on the last day of the season without having ever previously been in first place.

"It feels weird," Denard Span said. "It's the last game of the season, and we're in first place by a half-game. But at the same time, we've got to see what happens tomorrow."

Although it's a new twist to their playoff hopes, the Twins found irony in that the situation is somewhat similar to what they experienced in 2006.

The Twins had already clinched a Wild Card spot that year with about six days to go, but they had to root on the Royals over the Tigers during the final three days of the season in order to clinch another AL Central championship.

Kansas City came through for the Twins that year, sweeping the Tigers in Detroit to give Minnesota another division title. This time around, they are cheering for Detroit to take just one contest against Chicago, which comes after the Twins couldn't win more than one contest vs. the Royals this past weekend at home.

"It's like the twilight zone," Nick Punto said. "The same teams always seem to be there. Kansas City is involved. Detroit is involved. It feels like '06, it really does. But it's a good position to be in."

The Tigers will send right-hander Freddy Garcia to the mound for Monday's contest, while right-hander Gavin Floyd will get the start for the White Sox. Chicago is very familiar with Garcia, the pitcher who was one of the keys to the club's World Series championship in 2005.

Although it's an extra game for the Tigers that does not necessarily hold any significance for the ballclub, Gardenhire believes they will have plenty of motivation to capture a win.

"I think Jimmy Leyland will want to win that game as much as anybody," Gardenhire said of the Tigers skipper. "No one wants to lay down, they'd love to be a spoiler. If you are making a team stay an extra day to play a game, I would imagine they ought to be irritated enough to take a whack at it."

If the White Sox do end up winning the contest, the Twins are set to board their chartered flight to Chicago at around 8 p.m. in preparation for Tuesday's tiebreaker game at U.S. Cellular Field.

"We are just going to prepare like we're going to Chicago," Nathan said. "That's all we can do. We'll just come all packed up like we already are, ready to get on a plane. If something else happens, that's great."

The hope of all the Twins is that they will instead still be celebrating in their home clubhouse at the time their plane is supposed to depart. Should the Tigers defeat the White Sox on Monday, the Twins have already determined they will host a division-clinching party at the Metrodome.

And even though the Twins won't be coming off a game of their own, Gardenhire didn't imagine the celebration would be tame.

"I tell you what, if [the White Sox] lose, it won't be subdued," Gardenhire said. "We'll have a little bit of fun here. These guys have earned it out there. But we'll see what happens. If that doesn't happen tomorrow, we're going to go to Chicago and try to get after those guys there."

Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Ron Gardenhire's Twins will clinch the AL Central if the White Sox lose to the Tigers on Monday. (AP)

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Southstander
09-28-2008, 07:58 PM
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jetrazor74
09-28-2008, 08:57 PM
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:laugh: good connection!! Gardenhire does look like that, doesn't he?? :laugh:

Southstander
09-28-2008, 08:58 PM
Thought you would like that.

Southstander
09-30-2008, 07:01 PM
Sorry about the loss tonight Jet.

keithbishop
09-30-2008, 09:14 PM
Same here, jet. Great game, but I was pulling for the Twins.

jetrazor74
10-05-2008, 08:18 PM
Sorry about the loss tonight Jet.


Same here, jet. Great game, but I was pulling for the Twins.

Thanks for your support guys!!

Well it was a long, hard fought season and it came down to the 163rd game to decide whether or not my beloved Twinkies would be in the playoffs, or watching them on TV..... *sigh* :(

The bottom line is that it was there for the Twins to win or lose, and they had lots of opportunities at the end of the season to put it away, but it's all water under the bridge now. Now we look forward to the off season, and do our best to build on the solid young team we have!! :rockon:



Chill of missed opportunities lingers
Team not ready yet to reflect on what '08 season brought
By Thor Nystrom / MLB.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- Citizens of Minneapolis woke on Wednesday to temperatures below 50 degrees. There was a similar chill emanating from the Twins clubhouse later that day, but it had nothing to do with the sun's disappearance.
The Twins spent the afternoon packing up their belongings and moving out of the Metrodome after Tuesday's 1-0 loss against the White Sox ended their season.

"Right now it stinks -- it's not fun," Michael Cuddyer said. "After the World Series, in the offseason, then you can reflect on what a great season it was."

Alexi Casilla was not in good spirits. He declined comment and then glared at a cameraman before sternly telling him not to take video of him as he packed up the contents of his locker. The young second baseman folded shirts into a Minnesota Twins bag in silence. The ice broke slightly when reliever Jose Mijares sat in the adjacent locker and engaged Casilla in Spanish-spoken conversation.

Most other players tried to make the best of the situation.

"It's very disappointing to not be going to the playoffs," Scott Baker said. "But if you look at the season as a whole, most people didn't predict us to do what we did. We wanted to make the playoffs badly -- and we felt as though we had a chance, despite what people said."

"It was a good year," Glen Perkins said. "It's tough to be disappointed, because we exceeded our expectations and obviously everyone else's. It was frustrating, more than anything."

The soundtrack of the day was the rip of industrial sized tape being yanked from dispensers by clubhouse attendants who sealed shut a room full of boxes.

"It's a little weird," Perkins said of cleaning his locker one day after playing for the division. "Everyone is disappointed. If you had your choice, obviously, you want to keep playing into the playoffs. But no one was on the flight crying, or anything -- we relaxed and played cards like we usually do."

Perkins wore a Vikings T-shirt and a maroon and gold hat, inadvertently representing the interest shift amongst the Minnesota fan base one day after the Twins season had ended.

Matt Guerrier lamented the "tough losses all year" that could have prevented playing the tie-breaker game. Nick Punto talked about the "bright young future" the team has.

Clubhouse discourse primarily centered around two components of Tuesday's game: the performance of starter Nick Blackburn, who allowed only one run in a stellar comeback from late-season struggles, and Cuddyer's home-plate collision with White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski.

Baker said Blackburn was "outstanding."

"As far as stuff and courage, that was the best that I've seen him," Baker said. "He was incredible."

"Unbelievable," Perkins said. "Some people were hard on him. He's a young pitcher -- we all are -- and he was going to hit bumps on the road just like the rest of us. He proved that he belonged in this league yesterday. I'm happy for him."

Cuddyer said he was going to go for Pierzynski's body until he saw the catcher's arm extended, and he instead went for that in an attempt to jar the ball loose.

"It was the right play -- unfortunately, he held onto the ball and it didn't work out."

All eyes are now on the future. Baker is excited about returning a rotation with five young starters.

"I'm anxious to see where people have us rated," Baker said. "We won't sneak up on people next year. I think we'll be right around the top, if not at the top."

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I want to take a quick opportunity to thank everyone who stopped by this season to check on this thread, especially the fellow Twins fans in the DB offices!! :salute:

If anyone has any ideas on how I can improve this thread next year, or even just something they'd like to see, please drop me a PM and let me know!!

jetrazor74
01-19-2009, 11:41 PM
This is a couple of weeks old, but I don't really follow baseball in the off season because I'm a horrible fan, so I just got around to posting this.


Twins owner Pohlad passes away at 93
Family well known for philanthropic efforts in Twin Cities
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com

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Carl Pohlad receives the World Series trophy from Commissioner Peter Ueberroth in 1987. (Getty)

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins owner Carl Pohlad, a billionaire financier who became best known after purchasing the Twins in 1984, passed away on Monday at his home in Edina, Minn. He was 93 years old.
The son of a poor family during the Great Depression, Pohlad rose from humble beginnings to head a family-owned network of banking, bottling, real estate and other companies. Forbes magazine wrote in September that Pohlad was worth around $3.6 billion, ranking him No. 102 on the magazine's list of America's wealthiest people.

"Carl was the leader of our family as well as the founder and leader of our family businesses," Pohlad's three sons, Jim, Bob and Bill said in a statement. "We've loved and respected him and are enormously proud of his accomplishments. And we will all miss him deeply."

Funeral services for Pohlad will take place at 1 p.m. CT on Thursday at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis. A wake will be held Wednesday at Washburn McReavy Funeral Chapel in Edina, Minn.

Pohlad purchased the Twins from the team's original owner, Calvin Griffith, for $38 million in '84 and was at the helm during the club's two World Series championships in 1987 and 1991. At the time he acquired the ballclub, Pohlad was widely credited for saving baseball in Minnesota.

"Since the day Carl Pohlad entered Major League Baseball, he made significant contributions to our game," Commissioner Bud H. Selig said in a written statement. "He has been a true leader in our sport for the past 25 years. His devotion to the Minnesota Twins, the Twin Cities and Major League Baseball was remarkable.

"In my long career, I have never met a more loyal and caring human being. We will miss Carl and all of baseball joins me in sending our deepest condolences to the Pohlad family for the loss of our friend and partner."

The third of eight children, Pohlad was born on Aug. 23, 1915, and had a strong work ethic instilled in him while working in the fields near Des Moines, Iowa. After leaving high school, Pohlad went on to win a football scholarship to Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., in 1937 thanks to being recruited by Gonzaga alumnus Bing Crosby. During his football days, Pohlad also made some money by boxing in clubs along the West Coast. Pohlad left school during his senior year because, as he said, he was making too much money in his side job of selling used cars that had been repossessed by banks.

Pohlad then returned home to Iowa to work at Federal Discount Corp., a finance company headed by his sister Helen's husband, Russell Stotesbery, before being drafted into the Army in 1942. He served in the Army from 1943-46, fighting during World War II in France, Germany, and Austria. He was wounded in battle and was awarded three Bronze Stars and four Purple Hearts during his service.

Pohlad would reunite with his brother-in-law following the war as they took control of Marquette Bank in Minneapolis in 1949. Pohlad gained sole control of it a few years later when his sister's husband died. The acquisition of the bank was the start of Pohlad establishing himself as one of the most well-known businessmen in the Twin Cities. And he was known to many as a stoic dealmaker who never retired because he loved his work so much.

After returning home from the war, Pohlad also met his wife, Eloise, whom he married in Iowa in 1947. She raised their three sons and became a very influential person during Pohlad's ownership of the Twins. Eloise is said to have played a role in keeping Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett in Minnesota when he had a chance to be a free agent. And prior to her death in November 2003, Eloise and Carl attended nearly every Twins home game together.

"The Minnesota Twins family is saddened by the death of our owner and strongest supporter, Carl R. Pohlad," the Twins said in a statement Monday night. "Since purchasing the club in 1984, Carl's leadership, vision and passion for Twins baseball inspired the franchise to win two World Series championships, two American League pennants and six division titles. That on-field success would never have been possible without the loyalty and support from Mr. Pohlad and his family.

"Off the field, Mr. Pohlad was a true pioneer helping lead Major League Baseball's effort to create enhanced revenue sharing and competitive balance. But his enduring legacy will be the values he instilled from top to bottom -- a commitment to hard work, family, and community. Carl always viewed the Twins as a community institution -- worthy of preserving, growing and being something of which we could all be proud."

Even after Eloise's passing, Pohlad was still a fixture at the Metrodome until his health started to decline in recent years. A quiet and very private man, Pohlad didn't spend a lot of time in the Twins' clubhouse, but the players certainly respected him and how he ran the team.

"I remember one time when he brought a bunch of his banker friends into the clubhouse before a game, which he didn't do very often," former Twins first baseman Kent Hrbek said. "These guys are all dressed up in nice suits and I remember Mr. Pohlad coming over sheepishly, almost shy like a 6-year-old kid, to my locker, and he was almost afraid to ask me to come over and say hi to his friends. Here he is the owner, a multi-billionaire, and he was like a little kid asking for an autograph. It was neat to see a guy that loved the team so much and that he was not walking around acting like a big shot because he owned the team. I think he loved baseball more than he loved owning the team."

Pohlad had other passions as well, including his commitment to philanthropic efforts in the Twin Cities. Over the nearly quarter-century he presided over the Twins, Pohlad and his family donated millions of dollars and devoted countless hours to the community through the Twins Community Fund and the Carl and Eloise Pohlad Family Foundation. He and Eloise also started the Boys and Girls club in Minneapolis. The Twins' annual award for community service is also named after the owner.

Pohlad came under scrutiny from the fans in 2001 when he offered to sell the team to Major League Baseball for a reported $150 million as part of a contraction plan by the league. It was one of the controversies that the team endured during Pohlad's tenure, as the franchise struggled for more than a decade to get a new ballpark approved while it also battled to field a winning team during the 90s.

Still, Pohlad kept the franchise and watched as it was revitalized earlier this decade with the Twins winning division titles in four of the past seven seasons. The club also saw its future in Minnesota assured for the near future as it will open its new ballpark, Target Field, in 2010 -- a testament to Pohlad's persistence of keeping baseball alive in the Twin Cities.

It's that commitment that his sons say they plan to keep as they will continue to run the team that their father loved so much:

"We want to assure everyone that we will continue Dad's work and his legacy -- just as he would have wanted and as he has prepared us to do."

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jetrazor74
03-29-2009, 08:17 PM
I'm pretty pumped for the season!!!!

The Twins home opener is April 6th against the Mariners, the start of a 4 game series. We had some trouble with them last year, so hopefully this year we can put them away and jump to a nice start!!! :dance:

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jetrazor74
04-05-2009, 08:57 PM
It's hard to believe the Dome has been around for 28 years. I still remember going to see the Twins play in the old stadium, and watching a few games during the stadiums opening season. I even remember getting to see Reggie Jackson hit a homer in the dome, not to mention watching Twins legends like Kent Hrbek and my all time favorite, Kirby Puckett.


Twins set for final Metrodome season
Team hopes to earn title before moving to Target Field


04/05/09 3:30 PM ET
MINNEAPOLIS -- It's a building that's synonymous with Minnesota sports.

It's been the site of two World Series, a Major League Baseball All-Star Game, two NCAA Final Fours and a Super Bowl.

But in 2009, the Metrodome will host its final season of baseball, as the Twins say goodbye following 28 seasons of playing under the white roof.

Minnesota's final season inside the Dome will kick off on Monday night when the club hosts the Mariners. And over the course of the 81 home games this season, the Twins will do their share of celebrations to send off the Dome in style as they prepare to open Target Field in 2010.

They'll don throwback uniforms from the ballpark's first year, 1982, on Saturdays, and every jersey worn during the season will feature commemorative patches. They'll also have a video tribute, counting down the 100 most memorable moments inside the building, along with completing a game countdown to their new ballpark that began last season.

But unlike other ballclubs -- such as the Yankees -- that have recently said goodbye to their previous parks, the Twins aren't necessarily overly emotional about leaving the place they've called home for so long.

"We've had a lot of good memories in there, and we'll celebrate those this year," Twins general manager Bill Smith said. "But this new ballpark is going to be spectacular. While the Metrodome has been a tremendous building for Minnesota, it's not a good baseball park."

The Metrodome has certainly shown its quirks throughout the years, which many people have said created a tremendous home-field advantage for the Twins.

With its white Teflon roof that made it hard to track fly balls, and slick turf that's created some awkward bounces, the Dome often frustrated visiting teams. The crowd noise also could play havoc on Twins opponents when the place was packed, particularly when the curtain's raised during playoff contests to allow 55,000-plus fans.

Opposing teams have even gone so far to say the Twins used air circulation fans to create "wind" in their favor during games.

But outfielder Michael Cuddyer says that all of that talk of the Dome's home-field advantage is a little exaggerated -- at least it is now.

"I think over the years, it's kind of lost its mystique," Cuddyer said. "With the white roof, you could make a case that the club had a tremendous advantage. But as that roof has gotten dirtier and dirtier, it's gotten easier and easier to see the ball."

Yet the park's unique elements, such as the roof -- no matter what its color -- and the baggie in right field, have led to some of those "only in the Metrodome" type plays over the years.

There was the fly ball that Dave Kingman hit to the roof back in 1984, one that never came down because it went through one of the drainage holes. There was David Ortiz's blast in 2006 that looked like it was headed directly at a banner honoring Kirby Puckett in the upper deck of right-center field before slamming off a speaker and leaving the Red Sox designated hitter with just a single.

And for all of its zaniness, the Metrodome has also been the site of many memorable moments in baseball history.

Hall of Famers Dave Winfield, Eddie Murray and Cal Ripken Jr. each recorded their 3,000th hit inside the Dome. The Twins won both of their two World Series titles in the building, which included Puckett's infamous Game 6 home run in 1991.

"There have been some pretty special moments, and it's those that you'll want to remember, not particularly the building where they took place," said Twins starting pitcher Glen Perkins, a Minnesota native who grew up going to the Dome for Twins games. "The Metrodome is not necessarily a place you say you want to forget, but it's not the most fun place to play."

One thing that the Metrodome has always provided the Twins with is the knowledge that no matter what the weather, the game will be played.

"Unless the roof leaks," manager Ron Gardenhire joked.

All kidding aside, the Twins say they'll miss the consistency of baseball under a roof -- with games starting on time and the temperature always at 68 degrees. But that's nothing compared to knowing that next year they'll once again be playing under the Minnesota night sky. And while they'll face new elements with playing outdoors, unlike the Dome, those will be more practical.

"It's going to be a new era, and that's the way baseball is supposed to be played -- outside," Gardenhire said. "We're going to get back out there. We're going to have issues like every other team has now -- the possibility of rain and delays and no batting practice. We'll live with it like every other team does, but nobody's going to be able to blame it on us turning on the fans anymore."

The team still has one more season in the Metrodome where its opponents will be able to blame those "wind-currents" for the club's success.

And while the Twins are already excited about moving into their state-of-the-art ballpark across town next year, the hope is that they can first close out their history in the Dome with a third World Series title.

"I think the goal is to send the Dome out with a champion," Cuddyer said. "We know we have 81 games left here at the Dome. Hopefully we make those 81 games special and then move on."

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jetrazor74
04-07-2009, 08:16 PM
Well, we dropped the season opener yesterday, but that's alright.


Redmond injured in opening setback
With Mauer already out, Twins manager Gardenhire concerned

By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com

04/07/09 1:14 AM ET
Box > MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins catching situation took a hit even before the 2009 season began when they discovered they'd be starting the year without All-Star Joe Mauer, who is on the disabled list due to inflammation in his back.

Without Mauer for what they believe is only a couple of weeks, the Twins felt they'd have just have to hold down the fort in his absence.

But in a 6-1 loss to the Mariners on Opening Night at the Metrodome, the Twins got a glimpse at just how tenuous their current catching situation might be.

A sold-out crowd of 48,514 drew a collective breath in the fifth inning when Mike Redmond was hit on the right side of his neck by the barrel of Russell Branyan's broken bat.

It took a few minutes for Redmond to regain the feeling in his arm. But the catcher, who has been known to be a target for these types of incidents, was able to shake off the blow and remain in the game.

"Once I got the feeling back in my arm, I felt pretty good," Redmond said.

Redmond felt good enough that he headed out to the batter's box to start the bottom of the fifth and hit a double to right field.

A good sign for the Twins, right? Well, not exactly, as it was on that play when Redmond suffered the injury that could possibly keep him out for at least Tuesday's game.

While running out the double, Redmond said that he tweaked his right groin.

"I'm a little concerned," Redmond said. "A little more than normal. I never go in the training room. I've never pulled a muscle, or anything."

Hearing Redmond say that he's a little concerned wasn't what the Twins particularly want to hear. He is, after all, the same player who was behind the plate the day after getting stitches thanks to a strike on his head from the bat of Chicago's Jim Thome.

Redmond has been scheduled to handle the majority of the catching duties while Mauer is out. So the notion that he might be out for any amount of time is, as manager Ron Gardenhire said, "concerning."

"We'll just have to wait and see what the doctors say," Gardenhire said. "That's not a good thing. We don't have enough of those [catchers]."

Jose Morales is currently the backup catcher on the roster, and the club has Drew Butera at Triple-A Rochester if it needs another catcher to call up.

The injury came on a night when the Twins and their fans had already been silenced by a strong performance by Seattle starter Felix Hernandez.

Hernandez, who will turn 23 on Wednesday, held the Twins to just one run on five hits over his eight innings.

And his dominating performance came after he gave the Mariners a little injury scare of his own in the first inning. Hernandez rolled his right ankle on a play down the first-base line.

The club's trainer and manager, Don Wakamatsu, ran out to check on Hernandez, but after a few warmup pitches on the mound he was deemed good to go. And for the Twins that meant trouble as Herandnez outdueled the club's own talented phenom, Francisco Liriano. The Twins lefty pitched seven innings, allowing four runs on four hits.

Seattle scored its first run in the second inning. After Adrian Beltre led off with a double, he scored on a sacrifice fly by Jose Lopez that left fielder Denard Span caught in foul territory.

So was that a mistake for Span to catch that ball?

"Early in the game you take outs," Gardenhire said. "Late in the ballgame, then you have a decision to make if it's a go-ahead run. But early in the game you always get outs."

The Mariners then added to their lead in the fifth. On a 2-2 pitch from Liriano, Ken Griffey Jr. blasted a solo shot to right field. It was Griffey's eighth career Opening Day home run, tying him with Hall of Famer Frank Robinson for the all-time high.

"With Griffey, I hung a slider," Liriano said. "I just made a couple mistakes."

The Twins pulled within one in the bottom of the fifth when Michael Cuddyer singled with the bases loaded and just one out.

Yet the Twins couldn't add to it. With the bases still loaded, Hernandez got Justin Morneau to ground into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.

"I'm trying to make sure we get one [run] in there, and if we get any more that's a bonus," Morneau said. "One thing I didn't want to do is hit the ball on the ground. He gave me something up, and I hit it hard, but right at the second baseman."

That would be the last of the Twins chances as Seattle only continued to add to its lead.

In the sixth, the Mariners pulled away when Franklin Gutierrez belted a two-run homer to center field. Carlos Gomez tried to rob him, but the ball went just over the top of his glove to give Seattle a 4-1 lead.

A pair of walks in the ninth issued by Jesse Crain and Craig Breslow led to two more runs as Matt Guerrier gave up a two-run single to Lopez. And that sealed the loss for Minnesota.

But while dropping the first contest was a disappointing way to start the season, the Twins are just hoping that they won't be dealing with a much bigger loss -- another catcher to injury.

"Obviously knowing the situation we're in, of course it's not what you want," Redmond said. "Just going to wait and see and hope it feels better tomorrow. Hopefully it was just a little cramp. ... If I can be out there tomorrow, I will be."


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jetrazor74
04-07-2009, 08:19 PM
We got it back today with a win! Now if we can win the next two, we'll be a leg up! I'm just hoping we can get Mauer back soon.


Walk-off win: Casilla sends Twins to victory
With the aid of three consecutive walks and Alexi Casilla's two-run, walk-off single, Minnesota overcame a ninth-inning deficit to win their first game of 2009 in grand style over the Mariners, 6-5, on Tuesday evening in the Metrodome.

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jetrazor74
04-08-2009, 09:21 PM
2-1 on the season so far! :dance: Morneau is the man!!!


Morneau comes through early, late
Slugger homers in first, hits RBI double in fifth inning


By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com

04/08/09 10:52 PM ET
Box > MINNEAPOLIS -- Justin Morneau and Denard Span each hit a two-run homer and Jason Kubel drove in the game-winning run with a double down the right-field line, as the Twins defeated the Mariners, 6-5, at the Metrodome on Wednesday night.

Early in the contest, it was a back-and-forth battle of home runs between the two clubs. The Twins and Mariners combined to hit four homers in the first four innings.

Morneau got the home run binge started in the first inning with his two-run shot to right field off Mariners starter Carlos Silva. Seattle then knotted the score in the second with Russell Branyan's two-run blast to deep center field off Kevin Slowey.

The Twins regained the lead in the bottom of the second when Span added his two-run dinger with two outs in the inning. But Slowey once again couldn't hold the lead as he gave up three runs in the fourth, including a solo homer by Jose Lopez. Yuniesky Betancourt tied the game with his RBI double to center and gave his club the lead when he scored on a wild pitch by Slowey.

But Slowey (1-0) settled down after that point, retiring seven straight batters to finish his outing. He allowed five runs on nine hits during his outing. He did not issue a walk and struck out five.

Silva (0-1) found more trouble in the fifth. With two outs, Morneau delivered an RBI double to center that made it a 5-5 game. That's when Kubel added his double to put the Twins ahead by one, a lead that would hold thanks to the club's bullpen.

Twins left-hander Craig Breslow pitched a scoreless seventh inning, while allowing one hit. The Twins got their first glimpse at the set-up role when Jesse Crain took the mound in the eighth inning. Crain walked one batter, but did not allow a run to score in his inning of work. Closer Joe Nathan then completed his first save of the season in the win.

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Kevin Slowey rebounded nicely after allowing three runs in the fourth. (Ann Heisenfelt/AP)

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jetrazor74
04-09-2009, 08:22 PM
When you hold a team to 2 runs, you should win the game, but it's hard to that when you can't put a bat on the ball yourselves!! :sad:


Perkins on wrong end of pitchers' duel
Lefty allows just one run; Twins held scoreless in loss

MINNEAPOLIS -- If one mistake is all that Glen Perkins makes in a start, the Twins feel like there will be plenty of victories in his future over the course of the 2009 season

But on Thursday afternoon, Perkins saw the first-inning run he gave up -- the only run he allowed in his eight innings -- prove costly in a 2-0 loss to the Mariners in the series finale at the Metrodome.

In his first start of the season, Perkins found himself embroiled in a pitching duel with fellow southpaw, Jarrod Washburn.

And on the day when Perkins delivered exactly the kind of outing the club wanted from him, it was Washburn who delivered one just slightly better for Seattle.

Both pitchers went eight innings and scattered five hits, but it was Washburn who managed to hold the Twins scoreless over his outing. The veteran southpaw did not give up anything more than a single during that time and didn't really allow Minnesota even a chance at a scoring opportunity until the eighth.

"He was hitting his spots pretty well today," Twins first baseman Justin Morneau said of Washburn. "He gave us a few pitches to hit and we popped some balls up. We didn't really hit too many balls hard. It's a testament to him. ... He keeps you off balance and he did a good job of that today."

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Glen Perkins allowed just five hits in his first start of the season. (Ann Heisenfelt/AP)

full story (http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090409&content_id=4184642&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=min)

ALC Standings
Kansas City 2 1 .667 -
Minnesota 2 2 .500 0.5
Chicago 1 2 .333 1.0
Detroit 1 3 .250 1.5
Cleveland 0 3 .000 2.0

jetrazor74
04-15-2009, 08:17 PM
Okay, I've been slacking!! :eek:

Looks like we're off to a slow start this season at 4-6, but thankfully everyone in the ALC is running neck and neck and we're only 1.5 games back.


Baker hit hard in debut as Twins fall
Coming off injury, starter gives up four homers

MINNEAPOLIS -- Scott Baker's injury-delayed first start couldn't have turned out much worse for the Twins.

Baker, who missed his Opening Day assignment and began the season on the disabled list with right shoulder stiffness, gave up four home runs -- to Scott Rolen, Aaron Hill, Vernon Wells and Michael Barrett -- over an unproductive four innings as Toronto thumped the Twins, 10-2, at the Metrodome.

The Jays, who collected 19 hits in the series opener on Monday, added 16 more on Wednesday -- four by Hill -- to beat the Twins for the second time in three nights. The series concludes Thursday night.

The Twins provided Baker a 2-0 first-inning lead on Jason Kubel's run-scoring groundout and a passed ball, but Baker (0-1) could not hold it. He walked a batter ahead of Rolen's homer in the second and Hill's in the third. Wells added a solo homer later in the third, and the boos from the crowd of 19,471 grew louder when Barrett homered to right in the fourth. Hill's first-inning single was the only Toronto hit off Baker that did not clear the fence.

Toronto starter Scott Richmond (1-0) allowed no more runs after the first and scattered four hits over 6 1/3 innings.

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Scott Baker took the loss in his season debut. (Twins)

jetrazor74
04-20-2009, 09:30 PM
So after splitting our opening series with the Mariners, then losing two series in a row to both the chisox and the Blue Jays, we finally won our first series by sweeping the Angels!! :dance:


Steady Perkins gets it done for Twins
Southpaw goes eight innings for third straight start, first win


MINNEAPOLIS -- Glen Perkins has been lauded at the start of this season for his ability to pitch inside against opposing hitters and deliver long, solid outings for the Twins.

On Sunday afternoon, the left-hander showed another skill -- the ability to pitch through pain.

Perkins delivered his third straight eight-inning outing for the Twins in a 3-1 victory over the Angels at the Metrodome to complete the series sweep, but it was over his final 1 2/3 innings that he pitched with a very sore left leg.

It was against the first batter in the seventh inning, Bobby Abreu, that Perkins took a hard liner off his left thigh, just above the knee. The ball bounced to third baseman Brendan Harris, who picked it up and threw it to first for the out.

When the play was over, Perkins doubled over and put his hands on his knees as he grimaced in pain. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, pitching coach Rick Anderson and the training staff ran out to check on Perkins as he tried to walk gingerly around the field.

So just how unlikely did the Twins think it was that Perkins would be able to continue pitching?

Gardenhire said that he and Anderson weren't really listening to what Perkins was saying to them as he moved around, trying to determine whether he could stay in the game. Instead, the two were discussing whom they would call on out of the bullpen to finish the inning.

"I didn't think he had much of a chance to stay in, especially when you get hit above the knee like that," Gardenhire said. "That's a pretty tough kid."

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Joe Nathan (left) and Carlos Gomez celebrate after the Twins won on Sunday. (Jim Mone/AP)


http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090419&content_id=4340726&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=min

TEAM W L % GB
Chicago 7 5 .583 -
Detroit 7 5 .583 -
Kansas City 7 5 .583 -
Minnesota 7 7 .500 1.0
Cleveland 4 9 .308 3.5

jetrazor74
04-21-2009, 07:52 PM
Rained out today, so a double header is slated for Fenway Park tomorrow!

jetrazor74
10-08-2009, 02:36 AM
Wow! How big of a fairweather fan am I? :doh:

Anyway, hopefully we can come back and take this series, and eliminate the Yanks!!! :D

Good luck in the rest of this series to you Yank fans!!


Twins in ALDS hole after loss in Bronx
Duensing can't hold down Yanks; bats run out of momentum

NEW YORK -- Nothing more epitomized the Twins' role as an underdog against the Yankees than the pitching matchup, rookie left-hander Brian Duensing facing off against Yankees ace CC Sabathia.

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But the hope of the Twins entering Wednesday night's American League Division Series opener at Yankee Stadium was that they could carry some of their recent momentum to offset the on-paper mismatch.

But one night after celebrating perhaps the greatest regular-season win in Metrodome history, a thrilling 12-inning affair in Game No. 163 that capped a stunning run to earn their spot in the playoffs, the AL Central champs found themselves running into a buzzsaw in a 7-2 loss to the Yankees.

So the question remained. Was it the emotional and physical fatigue following a thrilling victory that led to a letdown for Minnesota? Or was it perhaps other factors that led to the club facing yet another must-win situation in Game 2 on Friday night?

"We had a good day yesterday and a good night," Twins outfielder Denard Span said. "But in no way can you be tired this time of the year."

"I kind of think it was CC Sabathia stress," added manager Ron Gardenhire.

Following their 6-5 victory over the Tigers, the Twins had celebrated by smoking cigars and dousing each other with beer and champagne inside their clubhouse. It was a shorter than normal celebration due to the quick turnaround, with the club boarding a plane and arriving in New York around 4 a.m. ET.

Early in the contest, the Twins showed no wear from the previous evening.

Duensing looked solid over his first two innings, allowing just a leadoff single to Derek Jeter in the first before retiring seven straight batters. And Minnesota took a 2-0 lead off Sabathia in the third thanks to three straight two-out hits.

Brian Duensing joined Les Straker and Boof Bonser as just the third rookie to start a postseason game for the Twins. Here is how each of the three fared in their postseason debut for Minnesota.

Orlando Cabrera got the string started with a single to right field. Joe Mauer followed with a double to the left-center gap, putting runners on second and third for Michael Cuddyer, who delivered an RBI single to right field to put the Twins on the board first. Another run would score in the inning when Sabathia and catcher Jorge Posada appeared to get crossed up on a passed ball that allowed Mauer to score from third, even as he stopped halfway down the line on the play.

But the lead didn't last long, and the Twins' early energy seemed to fade as well.

With one out and a runner on second in the bottom half of the third, Duensing hung a slider that Jeter pulled into the left-field bleachers. The two-run shot to knot the game at 2 was Jeter's 18th postseason home run, tying him for third all-time with Reggie Jackson and Mickey Mantle.

"Our guys were into it," Gardenhire said. "We were battling pretty good. I think the big thing is you get a two-run lead quick, and as soon as you go back out, it's a 2-2 ballgame with a homer. That's a little deflating. ... And Jeter does what he does best. He got his team right back in it."

The Yankees took the lead in the fourth when Nick Swisher drove in Robinson Cano from first with a two-out double down the left-field line. But the next inning saw Duensing's outing unravel. He issued a leadoff walk to Jeter and then gave up a two-out RBI single to Alex Rodriguez, who snapped an 0-for-19 streak with runners in scoring position in postseason play.

Duensing (0-1) was replaced by Francisco Liriano following Rodriguez's single. Facing Hideki Matsui, Liriano left a 93-mph fastball up in the zone, and Matsui drove it out to center field for his fourth career home run in a Division Series and a 6-2 Yankees lead.

And as the Bombers' lineup started to get hot, so, too, did Sabathia, who settled in with the large lead.

After Cuddyer's single in the third, Sabathia retired 11 of the next 12 batters. He faced a little bit of a scare in the seventh, when he had runners on second and third with one out, but he escaped the inning unscathed. Sabathia (1-0) finished the night allowing two runs (one earned) over 6 2/3 innings.

"You could see him, once they tied it up and got the lead, he really found another gear," said Brendan Harris of Sabathia. "He was pretty effective and shut us down from there."

The Twins now get a day to recover following what has been a crazy 48 hours. They won't hold an official workout on Thursday, allowing the players to get a full day of relaxation.

A second successive loss -- and their sixth at Yankee Stadium this season -- would put the Twins in a 2-0 hole and on the brink of elimination in the five-game series. But Minnesota didn't seem too concerned about needing to overcome another deficit, considering the road it has already traveled just to get to this point.

"We've had our backs against the walls for a couple weeks now," Mauer said. "You know, it's a not a position you want to be in, but we've been familiar with it. We are still going to go out there and play the game hard -- the way we always have."

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In his first playoff start, Brian Duensing allowed five runs over 4 2/3 frames. (Kathy Willens/AP)

http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20091007&content_id=7378904&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=min

jetrazor74
10-09-2009, 01:07 AM
Precedent exists for Twins comeback
Starting pitching likely key to rebounding from Game 1 loss

http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20091008&content_id=7397848&vkey=news_min&fext=.jsp&c_id=min


NEW YORK -- The opening to the 2006 American League Division Series between the Tigers and Yankees looked somewhat similar to Wednesday night's first game in the 2009 ALDS for the Twins at Yankee Stadium.

Detroit came into the competition as the decided underdog, much like Minnesota this year. Those Tigers were a 95-win team that just happened to lose their final five games of the regular season and slip from AL Central champs to the Wild Card, instead of a solid 87-win squad, such as the Twins, who survived a battle within a mediocre division.

Nonetheless, the 2006 Yankees struck for five runs in the third inning of Game 1 and cruised to an 8-4 victory over the Tigers. A series sweep, or a series victory at the very least, no longer was being predicted for New York. It was simply assumed.

And how did that particular series turn out? Following a weather-related postponement of Game 2, the Tigers ripped off three straight wins to send the Yankees home, despite their 97 regular-season victories. Detroit reached the World Series, before losing to St. Louis.

There's certainly hope for Ron Gardenhire's crew as it prepares for Game 2 on Friday night, following Wednesday's 7-2 setback. Remember, the Tigers had a 1-5 record against the Yankees prior to the playoffs in 2006, so the Twins' present 0-8 head-to-head record this year doesn't seem quite so foreboding.

"Every team has a team that they maybe don't have good luck at certain places against," said Minnesota center fielder Denard Span of the Yankees' dominance over the Twins, especially in the Bronx, where Gardenhire has a 5-26 mark during his managerial tenure.

"Unfortunately, we just haven't had good luck here," Span said. "But I don't think anybody in the clubhouse believes that there's a hex or anything going on. We still believe we can win, beat the Yankees."

Minnesota's momentum might be as good as Nick Blackburn pitches in Game 2. When the Tigers rallied in 2006, Justin Verlander, Kenny Rogers and Jeremy Bonderman combined to allow five runs in 21 1/3 innings over their three starts.

Here's one more piece of encouraging news for the Twins. In 2003 and '04, Minnesota won the first game of its respective playoff series with New York and lost the series. So, initial success between these two doesn't always lead to the ultimate prize.

"We're just trying to move forward and just keep playing the same baseball we've been playing the last couple of weeks," said Twins right fielder Jason Kubel, whose team finished the regular season on a 17-4 run.

"What happened in the regular season doesn't matter anymore," Span said. "Once you get into the playoffs, anything can happen. We just feel like if we can win Game 2, that would be real big getting out of here."

"It's only one game," said Minnesota shortstop Orlando Cabrera of Wednesday's loss. "We'll see what happens Friday."

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BroncoBJ4MVP!!!
10-09-2009, 02:03 AM
Rained out today, so a double header is slated for Fenway Park tomorrow!

What happened with the double header man? Don't leave me hangin like this. :fight:

:laugh: ... Nice to see the Twins thread is back and active man. :rockon:

jetrazor74
10-09-2009, 02:09 AM
What happened with the double header man? Don't leave me hangin like this. :fight:

:laugh: ... Nice to see the Twins thread is back and active man. :rockon:

:laugh: I know, I'm a terrible fan!! :heh:

NFL football is my first love, and when the Twins looked like they were going down the toilet early, I lost interest.

I'm just really proud they hung in there and kept themselves in a position to take advantage of the Tigers mistakes at the end of the season!

keithbishop
10-09-2009, 08:10 PM
Crappy call on what should have been a double for Mauer. Can't believe the ump missed that one....he looked to be in good position to make the call. That being said, Nathan does his job and the Twins would have won 3-1. Both teams had big baserunning miscues. Great game.

Larssy
10-12-2009, 10:12 AM
sucks that we're out. But I'm still proud :) Crazy to go from seven games back in the beginning of September to winning the Division. So while, there will be no World Series for us this year at least we'll have the good memories of game 163.

jetrazor74
10-12-2009, 11:19 PM
Crappy call on what should have been a double for Mauer. Can't believe the ump missed that one....he looked to be in good position to make the call. That being said, Nathan does his job and the Twins would have won 3-1. Both teams had big baserunning miscues. Great game.

Thanks Keith!!! Good luck to you guys!!!


sucks that we're out. But I'm still proud :) Crazy to go from seven games back in the beginning of September to winning the Division. So while, there will be no World Series for us this year at least we'll have the good memories of game 163.

All right!!! Another Twinkies fan!! :dance: w00t!!!




Anyway, it wasn't a great season, but it was a great September!! Here's to next spring!! :salute!:

Contract year ahead, Mauer eyes offseason
Twins catcher set for hip exam, hopes rest will be enough

http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20091012&content_id=7438608&vkey=news_min&fext=.jsp&c_id=min


MINNEAPOLIS -- Joe Mauer stood beside his locker inside the Twins' clubhouse at the Metrodome on Monday morning, packing up his equipment into boxes the day after his club's postseason run ended in a 4-1 loss to the Yankees in Game 3 of the American League Division Series.

While the offseason came earlier than the catcher had hoped, the time off will provide Mauer an opportunity to rest up and heal some of the bumps and bruises he acquired over his MVP-caliber 2009 season.

Mauer batted .365 -- winning his third AL batting title in four years -- with 28 homers and 96 RBIs this season, but he has been battling a sore right hip flexor muscle since Tuesday night's Game 163 against the Tigers after he injured the muscle when he fell while rounding first base. Yet Mauer was determined not to let the injury keep him off the field while his team was still playing in the postseason.

"I was beat up," Mauer admitted Monday. "Now I get to rest up for next year, but I wasn't going to come off that field. It was that time of year."

The hip flexor never really got better as he continued to play, Mauer said, but the hope is that the injury will heal with rest. He'll get a full checkout by doctors this week to make sure the strained hip flexor is nothing more serious and just to make sure that everything else checks out OK as well.

"I just want to try not to have an offseason like last year, where something might sneak up and set me back," Mauer said.

Last offseason, Mauer battled back problems that had actually started in the final weeks of the 2008 season. He had offseason surgery to repair a kidney obstruction, but it didn't solve the back pain, and Mauer was forced to miss the first month of the regular season once his problem was finally diagnosed as an inflamed sacroiliac joint.

Mauer had no recurrences of back problems this season, saying that he was "very pleased with my back this year."

Besides the hip flexor at the end of the season, Mauer said that he was only bothered by the usual soreness that comes from catching nearly every day and the wear it takes on his entire body from his thumbs, to his arms and legs. Although it's nothing, he said, that the rest of the offseason can't fix.

But while Mauer hopes not to have physical issues to deal with this winter, there will be other question marks surrounding the catcher as his future is bound to be one of the biggest topics of discussion surrounding the Twins this offseason.

The 26-year-old catcher is entering the final year of a four-year, $33 contract. It's a similar position that Johan Santana was in following the 2007 season. The Twins wound up trading Santana in the offseason when a long-term extension could not be reached.

There is no feeling that the same thing would happen with Mauer. But with the catcher only signed through 2010, there is no question that one of the top priorities for Twins general manager Bill Smith this offseason will be to lock up Mauer long term.

"I really haven't thought about it," Mauer said of his contract. "I always said it will happen when it needs to happen. I'm not a guy that's saying we need to get it done right away. Let it happen when it happens."

Mauer might not appear to be in any hurry, but this seems to be the right time for the Twins to get a deal done. The club has already expressed a strong desire to sign the St. Paul, Minn., native to an extension, and doing so before the Twins open the 2010 season would eliminate any chance that Mauer's contract status becoming a distraction during the first year at the new Target Field.

And Mauer certainly doesn't want his contract to be an issue.

"I don't like to ruffle any feathers or anything like that," Mauer said. "I just like to go out and play the game and try to win. That's what I'm all about. I don't want it to be a distraction, but it will happen when it needs to happen."

Mauer has said recently that he's more interested in winning a World Series than being the highest-paid player in baseball. As for whether the Twins have shown him that they are on the same page in terms of wanting to win, Mauer only had to reference the club's season that had just ended.

"We can win here, I think we proved that here by getting to the postseason," Mauer said. "Ultimately, that's what I want to do."

Mauer said that he's spoken a little with his agent, Ron Shapiro, about his current contract status, but the two hadn't gotten into any serious discussions.

"We thought there were more important things going on," Mauer said, referencing the Twins' postseason run. "We tried to focus on things like that. But you know, we'll figure it out. We'll get some time to think about things like that and the season we just had, and we'll go from there."

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keithbishop
10-12-2009, 11:28 PM
Gardenhire is nothing but class. I was floored by his comments on the blown call on what should have been a double for Mauer: he said the Twins benefited from a blown call in the 1 game playoff vs. The Tigers.... a Tigers hitter (Inge, if I remember correctly) appeared to be hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, but no call was made. Gardenhire said it was a pivotal non-call.... and essentially, you win some and you lose some on bad calls.

I still don't see how the ump missed the fair ball, but kudos to Gardenhire for bringing up the Tigers.

I have a ton of respect for every Twin not named Pavano.

Southstander
04-09-2010, 06:08 PM
http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/articles/2010/04/09/new_twins_ballpark_honors_the_old_too/

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MINNEAPOLIS—Kent Hrbek will be at Target Field for the inauguration of Minnesota's new ballpark, welcoming fans into Gate 14 -- his retired uniform number -- when the doors open three hours before the game.


He might stop in the restaurant behind home plate, Hrbek's, for a half-pound Rex Burger and some Bloomington onion rings -- odes to his old nickname and suburban hometown.

Then Hrbek can watch the Twins play the Boston Red Sox, and look out in left field to see the pennants honoring the 1987 and 1991 World Series champion teams he helped fuel with his power hitting and deft defense at first base.

Target Field has modern amenities to match all the other new major sports stadiums these days, but the Twins organization also wanted their place to feel like a museum of the franchise's 50-year history in Minnesota.

This isn't quite New York, where Monument Park fetes the greats at Yankee Stadium, or Chicago, where vine-lined Wrigley Field was built in 1914.

But the place will be packed with former players for Monday's opener, from Harmon Killebrew to Brad Radke. Fans can check out all kinds of visual tributes to the past half-century of baseball in the northland.

"The history of our franchise we're very proud of, and we wanted to celebrate that history for the current generation," team president Dave St. Peter said. "But more importantly we wanted to have it there for future generations to learn the story of Harmon Killebrew and Tony Oliva and Kent Hrbek. That's an ongoing objective, but we think we were able to weave it through the initial design. One thing we're going to be committed to going forward is to keep it current and to keep telling stories whenever possible."

Each of the entries for fans into the stadium is numbered after a former player's retired jersey -- 3 for Killebrew, 6 for Oliva, 14 for Hrbek, 29 for Rod Carew, and 34 for the late Kirby Puckett.

On Monday, Killebrew, Oliva, Hrbek, Carew and Puckett's son will ceremonially open their respective gates. Statues of Hall of Famers Killebrew, Carew and Puckett dot the plaza outside, where the names of every Twins player since the Washington Senators moved here in 1961 are listed on "Tradition Wall."

"It's definitely humbling," Hrbek said. "It'll be that way I think until they decide they want to put somebody else's name on there. I'll be long gone by then, but people will still be using Gate 14 to get in."

The hulking Hrbek was a fan favorite as much for his local roots and power-and-fielding prowess as he was for his everyman persona.

"Everybody knows I like to have a bite to eat every once in a while," he said. "I have a better chance of telling you how the hamburger is than how good the third baseman who plays for Anaheim is."

Hrbek doesn't own the restaurant, but he provided input on the menu, which includes Minnesota favorites walleye and wild-rice soup. He's hungry for the other Twins-themed fare available at the ballpark, too, including Killebrew Root Beer and a Cuban sandwich named after and approved by Oliva. Two of Hrbek's 1987 teammates, Frank Viola and Juan Berenguer, are the namesakes for a couple of ethnic-food concession stands.

Throughout the concourses and club areas are numerous old photos and artwork commemorating Twins history. The actual flag pole from Metropolitan Stadium was put up behind right field.

The most striking image is the 46-foot-high sign above center field, designed like the original logo with two large smiling men shaking hands across the Mississippi River to represent the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. It's framed by an outline of the state's geographic shape, and it lights up for home runs and other feats.

Inside the clubhouse, there are more reminders of the past. Glass-encased memorabilia frames the entryway. Quotes from Puckett ("Live for today. Tomorrow isn't promised to anyone.") and ex-manager Tom Kelly ("We're all in this boat together. Everybody grab an oar.") are posted on the wall.

The Minnesota-centric features go beyond baseball, too. The suites are named after a few of the famous 10,000 lakes. Familiar local treats like Caribou coffee, Schweigert hot dogs and Grain Belt beer are sold inside.

Then there's the native limestone circling the structure and the spruce trees behind center field.

"We want to be seen as a uniquely Minnesota facility," St. Peter said. "When you're watching a game on TV, we want you to know you're watching a game at Target Field."

thatkidhunt
04-09-2010, 06:10 PM
Friggen Twins cost me a big bet a couple nights ago. Losers.:D

Southstander
04-12-2010, 09:19 PM
Congrats on the win Jet. Although I would have loved to win, it is always good for the home team to win the firstgame at their new park.

jetrazor74
04-13-2010, 03:10 AM
Friggen Twins cost me a big bet a couple nights ago. Losers.:D

That'll teach you to bet against my Twinkies, sucka!!! :laugh:


Congrats on the win Jet. Although I would have loved to win, it is always good for the home team to win the firstgame at their new park.

Thanks, South! We don't often beat you guys, but I'm pretty stoked for the Home Opener win in the new stadium! Man, Mauer was worth every penny we payed him, too!!

The win, and now our 6-2 record really has me stoked for the rest of the season.

Southstander
04-13-2010, 04:15 PM
That'll teach you to bet against my Twinkies, sucka!!! :laugh:



Thanks, South! We don't often beat you guys, but I'm pretty stoked for the Home Opener win in the new stadium! Man, Mauer was worth every penny we payed him, too!!

The win, and now our 6-2 record really has me stoked for the rest of the season.

You are welcome. I heard that the Twins fans gave Oritz a warm welcome.

Southstander
04-15-2010, 07:32 PM
Man I am glad we are leaving Target Field. You guys hammered us today.

jetrazor74
04-18-2010, 12:16 AM
Man I am glad we are leaving Target Field. You guys hammered us today.

I was surprised to win that series against you guys.

So far we're 9-3 and have won each of our series. Hoping we can sweep the Royals tomorrow. We face Cleveland at home for three games then it's off on a road trip!

Southstander
05-06-2010, 08:50 PM
How have the O's taken three from the Sox and now beat the Twins?

MNBroncs85
06-06-2010, 07:27 AM
Twins win 4-3 yesterday to go 33-23. Tolbert single to bring in hardy in the top of the 9th.
Yesterdays Highlights

http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=8723491&query=%26game_pk%3D264644

Young guys steppin up!!!

Sunday 6/6 @ OAK 3:05 P.M. CDT

Blackburn MN
(6-2, 4.73)

Gonzalez OAK
(5-3, 3.68)

Lets get that sweep!!!:td:

MNBroncs85
06-06-2010, 03:13 PM
Twins down 5-2 top of 7th 2 outs man on second

MNBroncs85
06-06-2010, 03:41 PM
Twins 4-5 goin to top of ninth, time to do work!

jetrazor74
06-06-2010, 10:36 PM
So did we win or what, brother? :D

If you don't want to take this over, don't feel like you have to!! I just don't have enough time anymore.

I used to have XM radio, and could listen to a lot of the games, but when I don't get to see or even hear the games, it's really hard to keep up!! :(

MNBroncs85
06-07-2010, 07:17 PM
So did we win or what, brother? :D

If you don't want to take this over, don't feel like you have to!! I just don't have enough time anymore.

I used to have XM radio, and could listen to a lot of the games, but when I don't get to see or even hear the games, it's really hard to keep up!! :(

They lost, yeah sorry i dont have much time either but i figured id update it as much as I can.
I figured maybe we could kind of work together maybe. I will also try to get more in depth and add more info as i get the hang of it.

They have the night off tonight and go back to target field for a series with the royals starting tommorrow.

Twins are 33-24 with Kevin Slowey (6-3,3.84) getting the start vs Zack greinke(1-7, 3.84). Royals are 24-34. 7:10 central start

The twins select ohio state pitcher Alex Wimmers with the 21st overall pick. Even with a hamstring injury the 6-2 195lb slinger went 9-0 with a 1.60 era as a junior.

MNBroncs85
06-08-2010, 06:16 PM
Twins up 3-0 bottom of the 4th Kubel with a two run double.

Make sure you vote Justin Morneau for the allstar game cuz we know that bum texeria doesnt deserve it.:D

MNBroncs85
06-08-2010, 06:20 PM
Span drives in two with a single 5-0:td:

MNBroncs85
06-08-2010, 06:57 PM
Tolbert with a single brings in valencia. 7-0
Makin it rain.

MNBroncs85
06-08-2010, 07:38 PM
To the 9th 7-1 looks like a done deal

MNBroncs85
06-08-2010, 08:59 PM
Twins improve to 34-24 7-3 F:td:

Score Summary
Bot 1st: Minnesota
- M. Cuddyer singled to shallow left, M. Tolbert scored, J. Mauer to second

- J. Kubel doubled to deep right center, J. Mauer and M. Cuddyer scored


Bot 4th: Minnesota
- D. Span singled to shallow right, D. Young and D. Valencia scored


Bot 5th: Minnesota
- J. Kubel homered to deep right


Bot 6th: Minnesota
- M. Tolbert singled to shallow center, D. Valencia scored


Top 8th: Kansas City
- S. Podsednik hit sacrifice fly to deep center, M. Maier scored


Top 9th: Kansas City
- J. Guillen doubled to deep center, B. Butler scored

- M. Aviles singled to shortstop, J. Guillen scored


Kansas City
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
S. Podsednik lf 3 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 .288
J. Kendall c 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .293
D. DeJesus rf 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .306
B. Butler 1b 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .325
J. Guillen dh 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 .251
A. Callaspo 3b 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .277
M. Aviles 2b 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .314
M. Maier cf 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 .255
Y. Betancourt ss 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .284
Totals 34 3 7 3 0 1 3 0 10

Batting
2B - D DeJesus (16, K Slowey); J Guillen (10, J Mijares).

SF - S Podsednik.

RBI - S Podsednik (19), J Guillen (39), M Aviles (6).

2-out RBI - M Aviles.

Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - A Callaspo 1, M Maier 1, Y Betancourt 1.

Team LOB - 6.
Fielding
E - B Butler (3, field).


Minnesota
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
D. Span cf 5 0 2 2 0 0 2 0 2 .267
M. Tolbert 2b 4 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 3 .160
J. Mauer c 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 .312
J. Morneau 1b 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 4 .362
M. Cuddyer rf 4 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 .283
J. Kubel dh 4 1 2 3 1 0 0 0 1 .231
D. Young lf 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .275
D. Valencia 3b 4 2 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 .333
N. Punto ss 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 .219
Totals 35 7 12 7 1 2 10 0 14

Batting
2B - J Kubel (7, Z Greinke).

HR - J Kubel (7, 5th inning off Z Greinke 0 on, 2 Out).

S - N Punto.

RBI - D Span 2 (21), M Tolbert (3), M Cuddyer (30), J Kubel 3 (34).

2-out RBI - M Tolbert, M Cuddyer, J Kubel 3.

Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - J Morneau 1, D Young 1.

Team LOB - 7.
Base Running
Picked Off - D Span (1st base, Z Greinke).
Fielding
E - M Cuddyer (1, field).


Kansas City
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
Z. Greinke (L, 1-8) 5.0 9 6 6 1 6 1 1.30 4.05
K. Texeira 1.0 2 1 1 1 1 0 1.69 5.23
V. Marte 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.15 4.15
D. Hughes 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1.50 3.80

Minnesota
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
K. Slowey (W, 7-3) 7.0 3 0 0 0 3 0 1.31 3.45
A. Burnett 1.0 2 1 1 0 0 0 1.20 2.54
J. Mijares 0.2 2 2 0 1 0 0 1.46 2.31
M. Guerrier (S, 1) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.84 1.65


WP - K Texeira.

Pitches-strikes - Z Greinke 102-70; K Texeira 23-13; V Marte 10-8; D Hughes 17-11; K Slowey 102-72; A Burnett 16-12; J Mijares 30-16; M Guerrier 2-1.

Ground balls-fly balls - Z Greinke 9-5; K Texeira 1-1; V Marte 0-0; D Hughes 2-0; K Slowey 3-13; A Burnett 1-2; J Mijares 1-2; M Guerrier 1-0.

Batters faced - Z Greinke 25; K Texeira 6; V Marte 3; D Hughes 4; K Slowey 24; A Burnett 5; J Mijares 6; M Guerrier 1.

Game Details
Umpires: HP--Gary Cederstrom. 1B--Ed Hickox. 2B--Fieldin Culbreth. 3B--Marty Foster.

MNBroncs85
06-09-2010, 06:29 PM
Just got home from work Twins up 3-2 vs royals. 2nd game of the series, bottom 5th.

MNBroncs85
06-09-2010, 08:25 PM
Twins win 6-2 advance to 35-24
Scoring Summary
Bot 2nd: Minnesota
- D. Young homered to deep left


Top 3rd: Kansas City
- J. Kendall hit sacrifice fly to right, Y. Betancourt scored, S. Podsednik to third

- B. Butler singled to shallow left, S. Podsednik scored, D. DeJesus to second


Bot 3rd: Minnesota
- J. Mauer doubled to shallow right, D. Span scored


Bot 4th: Minnesota
- D. Valencia grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, M. Cuddyer scored, J. Kubel to third, D. Young out at second


Bot 6th: Minnesota
- N. Punto grounded into fielder's choice, J. Kubel scored, D. Valencia out at second


Bot 7th: Minnesota
- J. Morneau singled to shortstop, M. Tolbert scored


Bot 8th: Minnesota
- M. Tolbert grounded out to second, N. Punto scored, D. Span to second


Kansas City
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
S. Podsednik lf 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .288
J. Kendall c 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .289
D. DeJesus dh 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 .306
B. Butler 1b 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .323
J. Guillen rf 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 .251
W. Bloomquist rf 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200
A. Callaspo 3b 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .277
M. Aviles 2b 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .304
M. Maier cf 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .261
Y. Betancourt ss 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 .280
Totals 33 2 7 2 0 2 1 1 10

Batting
2B - A Callaspo (17, C Pavano).

SF - J Kendall.

RBI - J Kendall (17), B Butler (31).

2-out RBI - B Butler.

Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - S Podsednik 1, J Guillen 1, M Aviles 1.

GIDP - B Butler.

Team LOB - 7.
Base Running
SB - S Podsednik (18, 2nd base off C Pavano/J Mauer).
Fielding
E - M Aviles (5, field).

DP - 1 (M Aviles-Y Betancourt-B Butler).


Minnesota
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
D. Span cf 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 .266
M. Tolbert 2b 4 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 .138
J. Mauer c 4 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 1 .316
J. Morneau 1b 3 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 .362
M. Cuddyer rf 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 .282
J. Kubel dh 3 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 .239
D. Young lf 4 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 3 .274
D. Valencia 3b 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .318
N. Punto ss 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 .220
Totals 34 6 10 5 1 5 1 0 14

Batting
2B - J Mauer (17, K Davies); J Kubel (8, K Davies); N Punto (5, V Marte).

HR - D Young (7, 2nd inning off K Davies 0 on, 2 Out).

RBI - M Tolbert (4), J Mauer (25), J Morneau (41), D Young (35), N Punto (12).

2-out RBI - J Mauer, D Young.

Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - J Mauer 1, J Morneau 1, M Cuddyer 1, D Young 1, N Punto 1.

GIDP - D Valencia.

Team LOB - 9.
Fielding
DP - 1 (D Valencia-M Tolbert-J Morneau).


Kansas City
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
K. Davies (L, 4-5) 6.2 8 5 4 5 1 1 1.50 5.48
V. Marte 1.0 2 1 1 0 0 0 1.24 4.66
D. Hughes 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.48 3.74

Minnesota
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
C. Pavano (W, 6-6) 8.0 6 2 2 2 1 0 1.17 3.92
J. Rauch 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.25 2.62


Pitches-strikes - K Davies 100-58; V Marte 14-10; D Hughes 4-3; C Pavano 98-63; J Rauch 12-8.

Ground balls-fly balls - K Davies 12-9; V Marte 3-2; D Hughes 1-0; C Pavano 10-11; J Rauch 3-1.

Batters faced - K Davies 33; V Marte 5; D Hughes 1; C Pavano 32; J Rauch 4.

MNBroncs85
06-09-2010, 08:31 PM
Heres a look at the AL standings.
American League

East W L Pct GB Home Road East Cent West Streak L10
Tampa Bay Rays 39 20 .661 -- 17-12 22-8 18-8 8-5 11-6 Won 3 6-4
New York Yankees 37 22 .627 2.0 19-7 18-15 18-9 10-7 8-4 Won 3 8-2
Boston Red Sox 35 26 .574 5.0 18-14 17-12 15-15 10-8 8-2 Lost 1 7-3
Toronto Blue Jays 33 27 .550 6.5 17-14 16-13 11-12 11-5 10-8 Lost 3 5-5 Baltimore Orioles 16 43 .271 23.0 10-18 6-25 7-25 4-5 4-11 Lost 2 1-9

Central W L Pct GB Home Road East Cent West Streak L10
Minnesota Twins 35 24 .593 -- 20-9 15-15 7-10 17-8 9-5 Won 2 6-4
Detroit Tigers 30 28 .517 4.5 17-10 13-18 5-2 13-13 11-11 Lost 1 5-5
Chicago White Sox 25 33 .431 9.5 14-18 11-15 7-11 11-15 5-6 Won 1 4-6
Kansas City Royals 24 36 .400 11.5 12-18 12-18 7-9 13-15 3-10 Lost 2 3-7
Cleveland Indians 22 36 .379 12.5 9-16 13-20 4-11 14-17 3-6 Won 1 4-6

West W L Pct GB Home Road East Cent West Streak L10
Texas Rangers 31 27 .534 -- 21-11 10-16 6-11 13-9 11-5 Won 1 5-5
Los Angeles Angels 32 29 .525 0.5 16-13 16-16 9-10 10-10 12-7 Lost 1 8-2
Oakland Athletics 31 29 .517 1.0 20-12 11-17 10-12 6-6 12-11 Won 1 4-6
Seattle Mariners 23 35 .397 8.0 15-17 8-18 6-8 9-6 7-19 Lost 1 4-6

MNBroncs85
06-13-2010, 11:55 AM
I was pretty buisy this weekend so I will get caught up.

6-11-10 Braves 1 @ Twins 2 W
6-12-10 Braves 3 @ Twins 2. L

Today 6-13-10 Twins down 5-0, ^3rd
Kevin Slowey gets the start for the twins
Tim Glaus gets the start for the braves

Twins Current record 36-26
Braves Current record 36-27

MNBroncs85
06-13-2010, 02:12 PM
Twins lose today 7-3:sad:

Scoring Summary
Top 1st: Atlanta
- J. Heyward doubled to right, B. Conrad scored

- T. Glaus singled to center, J. Heyward scored, B. McCann to second

- E. Hinske doubled to right, B. McCann scored, T. Glaus to third, T. Glaus scored, E. Hinske to third on second baseman N. Punto's fielding error


Top 2nd: Atlanta
- M. Prado homered to deep left


Top 5th: Atlanta
- T. Glaus homered to deep left


Top 7th: Atlanta
- T. Glaus homered to deep left


Bot 7th: Minnesota
- D. Young homered to deep left, J. Mauer and M. Cuddyer scored


Atlanta
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
M. Prado 2b 4 1 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 .332
B. Conrad 3b 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 5 .280
J. Heyward rf 5 1 2 1 0 0 2 0 2 .265
B. McCann c 4 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 3 .260
T. Glaus 1b 5 3 4 3 2 0 0 0 0 .290
E. Hinske dh 5 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 .316
Y. Escobar ss 4 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 2 .243
M. Cabrera lf 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 .249
G. Blanco cf 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .400
Totals 41 7 16 6 3 3 8 0 18

Batting
2B - J Heyward (12, K Slowey); E Hinske 2 (14, K Slowey, J Mijares); Y Escobar (9, A Burnett).

HR - M Prado (6, 2nd inning off K Slowey 0 on, 1 Out), T Glaus 2 (13, 5th inning off K Slowey 0 on, 2 Out, 7th inning off J Mijares 0 on, 2 Out).

RBI - M Prado (29), J Heyward (43), T Glaus 3 (49), E Hinske (24).

2-out RBI - T Glaus 2.

Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - B Conrad 1, B McCann 1, M Cabrera 3.

GIDP - M Cabrera.

Team LOB - 10.
Base Running
CS - J Heyward (4, 2nd base by K Slowey/D Butera).


Minnesota
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
N. Punto 2b 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .221
T. Plouffe ss 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 .130
J. Mauer dh 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 .319
J. Morneau 1b 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 .350
M. Cuddyer cf 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .277
J. Kubel rf 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 .246
D. Young lf 3 1 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 .285
B. Harris 3b 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .160
D. Butera c 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .135
Totals 31 3 4 3 1 2 6 0 9

Batting
2B - J Kubel (9, K Medlen).

HR - D Young (8, 7th inning off K Medlen 2 on, 2 Out).

RBI - D Young 3 (40).

2-out RBI - D Young 3.

Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - J Kubel 1, B Harris 1.

Team LOB - 3.
Fielding
E - N Punto (3, field).

DP - 2 (D Butera-T Plouffe, J Morneau-T Plouffe).


Atlanta
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
K. Medlen (W, 4-1) 8.0 4 3 3 1 5 1 1.14 3.23
J. Venters 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1.19 0.98

Minnesota
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
K. Slowey (L, 7-4) 4.2 9 6 5 1 6 2 1.36 3.84
R. Mahay 1.1 3 0 0 0 1 0 1.27 4.67
J. Mijares 0.2 2 1 1 0 0 1 1.54 2.77
J. Crain 0.1 1 0 0 2 0 0 1.52 5.26
B. Duensing 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.94 1.75
A. Burnett 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.15 2.37


WP - K Slowey, J Crain.

Pitches-strikes - K Medlen 92-69; J Venters 18-9; K Slowey 90-59; R Mahay 26-17; J Mijares 16-10; J Crain 19-8; B Duensing 12-8; A Burnett 13-8.

Ground balls-fly balls - K Medlen 11-9; J Venters 2-0; K Slowey 6-8; R Mahay 2-1; J Mijares 2-1; J Crain 1-0; B Duensing 1-1; A Burnett 1-2.

Batters faced - K Medlen 29; J Venters 4; K Slowey 23; R Mahay 6; J Mijares 4; J Crain 4; B Duensing 3; A Burnett 4.

MNBroncs85
06-13-2010, 02:17 PM
Rockies come to town on tuesday 6-15-10 for a three game series.

Colorado 32-30 (Road: 14-18) 8:10pm ET

Minnesota 36-27 (Home: 21-12) FSRM, FSNO


COL: A. Cook (2-3, 4.76)
MIN: C. Pavano (6-6, 3.92)

Growing up in colorado i should be a rockies fan but i never really got into baseball till I moved to Minne.
Should be a good series. I know there are a few rockies fans on this board:D

ERoyal248
06-13-2010, 03:32 PM
Good series, it could of gone either way..

That is a very very nice field the Twins have and a very good ball team.. Good luck the rest of the season.

Liriano vs Ubaldo is one of the pitching matchups i heard on the broadcast today, that should be a good one..

MNBroncs85
06-13-2010, 05:41 PM
Good series, it could of gone either way..

That is a very very nice field the Twins have and a very good ball team.. Good luck the rest of the season.

Liriano vs Ubaldo is one of the pitching matchups i heard on the broadcast today, that should be a good one..

Yeah you too gotta respect the braves. Especially those first two games very close, twins kind of rolled over today.

Not a bad seat in that house. Yeah im gonna try to get down to the noon game on thursday vs the rockies, my mom can get great tickets through her work. If i go i will make sure i get plenty of pics.:salute:

I think the twins will take care of the rockies pretty easily, even though those NL teams can be tough :ugh:

MNBroncs85
06-15-2010, 06:29 PM
How bout those twins makin it rain:D
5-2 btm 4th. Morales in for rockies.

MNBroncs85
06-15-2010, 07:08 PM
8-3 Bottom 6th Twins:td:
What are jet and I the only twins fans on here. I know there are not many but cmon:D

BroncoFanBoy
06-17-2010, 11:49 PM
Ubaldo owns Twinkies

MNBroncs85
06-23-2010, 07:56 PM
Twins Lose last night in Milwaukee 5-7 drop to 40-30

Second game tonight in 3 game series with Milwaukee down 2-4 top of 8th.

Twins are having a tough time with a struggling brewers team:sad:

MNBroncs85
06-23-2010, 08:34 PM
Wow what a game even tho the twins lost. Down 3-5 Mauer on second bottom 9th 2 outs with Morneau at the plate. Morneau smokes one that just barely goes foul id say by an inch or two. But then strikes out to end the game.

Twins Lose 5-3, 40-31

MNBroncs85
06-29-2010, 04:29 PM
Detroit @ Minnesota 7:10 cst.
41-34 41-35

DET A. Galarraga
(3-1, 3.68)

MIN N. Blackburn(Scary)
(6-5, 6.10)

Southstander
09-21-2010, 09:48 PM
Congratulations on winning the AL Central.

armedequation
09-25-2010, 03:44 PM
this could be critical from the standpoint of most other teams are still fighting to get in/maintain their position.

Hopefully this is the year for them because the last few years you knew they werent going anywhere in the playoffs.

I want to see a twins/rockies championship.....unfortunately the rocks sealed their own fate

jetrazor74
10-16-2010, 02:48 AM
Wow...

To quote another Minnesota fan... in game one, after we jumped to an early lead, it was like we looked across at the other dugout and remembered who we were playing.

The series was over then. :(

I never used to hate the Yanks, but I'm starting to.

Championships shouldn't be purchased.

Southstander
11-17-2010, 03:05 PM
Congrats on winning Manager of the year.

Kno-Sean
03-22-2011, 06:25 PM
Here's to a great season! :beer:

Southstander
03-22-2011, 08:53 PM
I was was watching the intro vid to MLB The Show 11, I will give Mauer credit for his "reach around" catch at the backstop.

Kno-Sean
03-23-2011, 07:12 AM
I was was watching the intro vid to MLB The Show 11, I will give Mauer credit for his "reach around" catch at the backstop.

Incredible wasn't it? That one made me go :jawdrop:

Kno-Sean
04-03-2011, 01:52 PM
What an ugly first series it was for the Twins in Toronto.

The starting pitching was awful the first 2 games. Blackburn had a nice outing today, that was good to see.

Nishioka in his debut struggled from both the plate and the field. Committing 2 errors and striking out way to many times. It seems like the combination of nerves and the new experience got the best of him.

Justin Morneau only had 1 hit but pulled in an RBI. He hit the ball extremely hard most of the series, the one ball he didn't hit very hard just happened to be his only hit.

Joe Nathan racked up his first save of the year coming off of Tommy John. It was a rough one, but a save is a save.


Now the Twins get to head out to New York for a 4 game series before coming home to face the Oakland A's.

jetrazor74
04-04-2011, 02:11 AM
What an ugly first series it was for the Twins in Toronto.

The starting pitching was awful the first 2 games. Blackburn had a nice outing today, that was good to see.

Nishioka in his debut struggled from both the plate and the field. Committing 2 errors and striking out way to many times. It seems like the combination of nerves and the new experience got the best of him.

Justin Morneau only had 1 hit but pulled in an RBI. He hit the ball extremely hard most of the series, the one ball he didn't hit very hard just happened to be his only hit.

Joe Nathan racked up his first save of the year coming off of Tommy John. It was a rough one, but a save is a save.


Now the Twins get to head out to New York for a 4 game series before coming home to face the Oakland A's.

Freaking Yankees are like our kryptonite. We CAN beat them... but we never seem to. :(

Hey, Kno-Sean... I'm relying on you for news bro... I don't get to see anything unless we're playing the Spankees or the Dead Sox... :facepalm:

Oh, and on a side note... maybe you've seen this, but I found a cool time waster.... from last year...:laugh:

http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/min/fan_forum/swing.jsp

Kno-Sean
04-04-2011, 07:03 AM
Freaking Yankees are like our kryptonite. We CAN beat them... but we never seem to. :(

Hey, Kno-Sean... I'm relying on you for news bro... I don't get to see anything unless we're playing the Spankees or the Dead Sox... :facepalm:

Oh, and on a side note... maybe you've seen this, but I found a cool time waster.... from last year...:laugh:

http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/min/fan_forum/swing.jsp

I'll do my best!:thumb:

I go to school here in Minnesota so I get every game. Sadly I go back to Wisconsin in May, but I'll still find a way to watch the games!

And that is awesome! I blame you for not paying attention in my math class today!

jetrazor74
04-04-2011, 05:06 PM
Good News: Twins are playing on ESPN right now. :rockon:

Bad News: As usual... it's against the Spankees. :( And we're down 4-zip top of the 4th.

Good News AND Bad News: Morneau just got Minnesota's first hit of the game as I was typing this.

C'mon Twins!!!

jetrazor74
04-04-2011, 05:07 PM
I'll do my best!:thumb:

I go to school here in Minnesota so I get every game. Sadly I go back to Wisconsin in May, but I'll still find a way to watch the games!

And that is awesome! I blame you for not paying attention in my math class today!

My best score was 95,000 last night... how about you? :thumb:

jetrazor74
04-04-2011, 05:12 PM
YEAH BABY!!!!!! :rockon:

Thome to the wall for a double, Morneau and Span in to make it 4-2.

Kubel up to bat representing the tying run!!!

jetrazor74
04-04-2011, 05:27 PM
Awesome catch by Delmon Young to end the inning and save a couple runs from scoring!!!

Southstander
04-04-2011, 05:31 PM
http://assets.nydailynews.com/img/2007/06/15/amd_food_twinkies.jpg

jetrazor74
04-04-2011, 05:33 PM
http://assets.nydailynews.com/img/2007/06/15/amd_food_twinkies.jpg

:laugh: The enemy of my enemy, right? :thumb:

Kno-Sean
04-04-2011, 05:33 PM
Twins really need Baker to go another 2 innings at least. Bull pen has been used a lot already in 3 games.

Hopefully Nishioka can drive in Casilla here!

Kno-Sean
04-04-2011, 05:34 PM
Our new middle infield working together on the offensive side of the ball! :D

Kno-Sean
04-04-2011, 05:38 PM
Joe Mauer really struggling to hit the ball hard.

jetrazor74
04-04-2011, 05:45 PM
What's the chances we pull this off, KS?

Kno-Sean
04-04-2011, 05:50 PM
What's the chances we pull this off, KS?

I think it'll come down to the bullpen.

If Baker can get us through the 7th, we some how find another run in there, then I like our bullpen at the end of the game.

I'm confident we can win this one.

jetrazor74
04-04-2011, 06:09 PM
I think it'll come down to the bullpen.

If Baker can get us through the 7th, we some how find another run in there, then I like our bullpen at the end of the game.

I'm confident we can win this one.

Man I hope you're right. I can't remember the last time I saw us take one from the Spanks in their house!!

Kno-Sean
04-04-2011, 06:12 PM
Man I hope you're right. I can't remember the last time I saw us take one from the Spanks in their house!!

Come on you remember Jason Kubel's grand slam off of Rivera last year?!?

jetrazor74
04-04-2011, 06:18 PM
Come on you remember Jason Kubel's grand slam off of Rivera last year?!?

No.... didn't get to see it. :laugh:

Kno-Sean
04-04-2011, 06:20 PM
No.... didn't get to see it. :laugh:

It was a moment of beauty, but gets swept away by the dominance the Yanks have on us in the post season.

Hopefully we can get to Soriano so we don't have to see Rivera.

jetrazor74
04-04-2011, 06:22 PM
It was a moment of beauty, but gets swept away by the dominance the Yanks have on us in the post season.

Hopefully we can get to Soriano so we don't have to see Rivera.

Yeah dude... :(

Ugh.... speaking of... now they show that graphic... smh

jetrazor74
04-04-2011, 06:23 PM
Ugly.... but take what we can get at this point!!!

jetrazor74
04-04-2011, 06:27 PM
I think they're right. Mauer looks pretty far from 100% right now. :brick:

jetrazor74
04-04-2011, 06:34 PM
Nice turn by Nishioka for the double!!

Kno-Sean
04-04-2011, 06:36 PM
Nice turn by Nishioka for the double!!

All the way around the horn!

jetrazor74
04-04-2011, 06:39 PM
And Swisher goes down swinging!!!

jetrazor74
04-04-2011, 06:52 PM
*Sigh*

Guess you can't expect a miracle from a kid who's facing a legend like Rivera for the first time.

Side note: My buddy sitting next to me right now is from MN and claims he's met Morneau before... says he's a real jerk. If it's true, I'm glad he's our jerk!! :laugh:

Kno-Sean
04-05-2011, 04:26 PM
Lead off walk, base hit, boom Texieria home run.

Yankees up 3-0 after one.

keithbishop
04-05-2011, 08:05 PM
There was no quit in the Twins tonight. Painful game for me to watch. Congrats to you Twins fans.

Kno-Sean
04-06-2011, 09:42 AM
There was no quit in the Twins tonight. Painful game for me to watch. Congrats to you Twins fans.

Too many walks and a tiny little bloop double for Young that just landed in the perfect spot.

It was a great game, always feels good to beat the Yankees!

Thanks Keith, we'll have another good one today!

Kno-Sean
04-06-2011, 12:34 PM
NVM game postponed

Kno-Sean
04-07-2011, 12:53 PM
Nick Swisher takes out Nishioka on a dirty play trying to break up a double play. Sliding out of his way and lifting his leg up to trip Nishioka.

:fight:

Southstander
04-07-2011, 02:56 PM
Nick Swisher takes out Nishioka on a dirty play trying to break up a double play. Sliding out of his way and lifting his leg up to trip Nishioka.

:fight:

He has a broken left fibula.

Kno-Sean
04-07-2011, 03:06 PM
He has a broken left fibula.

I saw that... :brick:

Nick Swisher :fight:

keithbishop
04-07-2011, 06:42 PM
It's awful to lose Tsuyoshi Nishioka so early in the season. I'm glad Swisher talked to him before he left the stadium. Nishioka said it wasn't a dirty play (sentiments echoed by the Twins announcers and manager). I was driving to work when it happened, but viewing the replay leaves me in agreement. Hard play and an unfortunate injury. I wish Nishioka a speedy return.

I don't see where Swisher "slid out of his way". He went right over the bag.

jetrazor74
04-07-2011, 09:26 PM
It's awful to lose Tsuyoshi Nishioka so early in the season. I'm glad Swisher talked to him before he left the stadium. Nishioka said it wasn't a dirty play (sentiments echoed by the Twins announcers and manager). I was driving to work when it happened, but viewing the replay leaves me in agreement. Hard play and an unfortunate injury. I wish Nishioka a speedy return.

I don't see where Swisher "slid out of his way". He went right over the bag.

Dirty play or not, doesn't endear Swisher to Twins fans.

And what else is a classy ball club like the Twins going to say about it?

And he wasn't over the bag... he was way inside. If you watch the replays here (http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=13555283) you can see he was way off line. Only his hands had any contact with the bag and that was well after his feet and body had slid past the bag, missing it by 2 feet.

I'm sure he wasn't attempting to injure Nishioka, but I've personally never felt that "attempting to break up the double play" was very sportsman like unless you can do it in a legitimate attempt to slide into the bag.

Swisher was clearly not attempting to reach second. He was attempting to slide into the other player.

Broncoholic3233
04-07-2011, 09:32 PM
I just saw it for the first time.

I'm more on the side of it being clean. Take my opinion for what its worth....he was off the base, but not by much. It is a legal slide, so it's clean.

Tough break. If it was a Rockie, I know I'd be mad at the opposing player. I don't blame ya guys.

But I do think it was 'clean'.

CoryWinget81
04-07-2011, 09:39 PM
It's a "clean" baseball play, but someone please tell Nick Swisher its freakin' April. I think honestly he was off-line and made no attempt at the bag, even kicking up with his other leg to the 2B's back foot.



Bet your ass, if this had happened to Robbie Cano, Yankees fans would want blood.

keithbishop
04-08-2011, 06:17 AM
It's a "clean" baseball play, but someone please tell Nick Swisher its freakin' April. I think honestly he was off-line and made no attempt at the bag, even kicking up with his other leg to the 2B's back foot.



Bet your ass, if this had happened to Robbie Cano, Yankees fans would want blood.




You'd lose that bet with me. April means the games count. I'm the last person who'd ever object to a clean, hard play when the games count. The only objection I've made to a fairly similar play (collision at the plate -- runner was out by a mile -- Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli missed nearly the entire season as a result) was vs the Rays in a SPRING TRAINING GAME -- late in a game that wasn't close (the score was 9-3. IIRC and it was the 8th or 9th inning), no less. My ONLY objections were that it was spring training in the late innings of a blowout game. Once the regular season begins, I expect every player, be it on my team or the opposition, to try to break up a double play in a close game.


I'm still shocked that Nishioka didn't jump -- it's a play we see again and again and again during the baseball season. That being said, I won't go as far as the Twins announcer who blamed Nishioka for the injury. Coulda, woulda, shoulda.... but I don't like the fact that the announcer blamed him for it.

Kno-Sean
04-08-2011, 07:04 AM
Just because by rule it wasn't illegal, doesn't mean it's very sportsman like or "clean"

Swisher went out of his way to hit Nishioka. Yes he did, he even lifted his leg up in order to hit Nishioka higher (or maybe to try and hit him if Nishioka jumped)

The reason Swisher felt so "bad" was because he knew it was unnecessary and dirty.

DevilSpawn
04-08-2011, 07:54 AM
Legal, unfortunate play. Swisher knew that Nishioka has a tendacy to move towards third base to complete a double play. You see hard slides in baseball every day. I hope he'll be alright.

Kno-Sean
04-11-2011, 04:04 PM
I will be at Target field on Wednesday! :peace:

jetrazor74
04-11-2011, 04:08 PM
I just saw it for the first time.

I'm more on the side of it being clean. Take my opinion for what its worth....he was off the base, but not by much. It is a legal slide, so it's clean.

Tough break. If it was a Rockie, I know I'd be mad at the opposing player. I don't blame ya guys.

But I do think it was 'clean'.


You'd lose that bet with me. April means the games count. I'm the last person who'd ever object to a clean, hard play when the games count. The only objection I've made to a fairly similar play (collision at the plate -- runner was out by a mile -- Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli missed nearly the entire season as a result) was vs the Rays in a SPRING TRAINING GAME -- late in a game that wasn't close (the score was 9-3. IIRC and it was the 8th or 9th inning), no less. My ONLY objections were that it was spring training in the late innings of a blowout game. Once the regular season begins, I expect every player, be it on my team or the opposition, to try to break up a double play in a close game.


I'm still shocked that Nishioka didn't jump -- it's a play we see again and again and again during the baseball season. That being said, I won't go as far as the Twins announcer who blamed Nishioka for the injury. Coulda, woulda, shoulda.... but I don't like the fact that the announcer blamed him for it.

Was it a legal play? Absolutely. No one is arguing that.

Was it clean? No freaking way. It was dirty. It just happened to be within the rules.

And there are ways to break up a play without kicking at someone's knees and legs. I've never agreed with allowing that in baseball.

jetrazor74
04-11-2011, 04:12 PM
I will be at Target field on Wednesday! :peace:

I'm jelly man.

Been to lotsa games at the 'dome... and even saw a few games back in the old Metropolitan Stadium (where the Mall o' America is now).

Not sure if or when I'll ever get to see a game at Target Field.

Most likely I'll have to drive down to Denver next time we play in Golden.

Kno-Sean
04-11-2011, 04:14 PM
I'm jelly man.

Been to lotsa games at the 'dome... and even saw a few games back in the old Metropolitan Stadium (where the Mall o' America is now).

Not sure if or when I'll ever get to see a game at Target Field.

Most likely I'll have to drive down to Denver next time we play in Golden.

I'm excited, this is my first time at Target. It should be a blast!

I'll try and take some pictures!

jetrazor74
04-11-2011, 04:45 PM
I'm excited, this is my first time at Target. It should be a blast!

I'll try and take some pictures!

That'd be sweet!!!

Kno-Sean
04-12-2011, 08:29 PM
Danny Valencia walk of single!!

Broncoholic3233
04-12-2011, 08:30 PM
Danny Valencia walk of single!!

Congrats. Love walk-offs.


Have fun tomorrow.

jetrazor74
04-12-2011, 08:34 PM
Danny Valencia walk of single!!

w00t! w00t!!!111!1!!

http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSs15-VJcV04IDePr1Hza2yiu6dQ1fwCE7qSxcakkHT9lGf8ilP&t=1

Kno-Sean
04-12-2011, 09:48 PM
Congrats. Love walk-offs.


Have fun tomorrow.

I got to see a walk of home run by Justin Morneau at the Dome vs my home town Milwaukee Brewers. That was a fun one!

It'll be my first time at the new Target Field so the outcome of the game probably won't affect how much fun I'll have!

But thank you sir!

Kno-Sean
04-14-2011, 09:31 PM
The game was a blast! I had a ton of fun... too bad the Twins played like crap.

I'll post pictures later.

Kno-Sean
04-14-2011, 09:32 PM
With the Twins placing Joe Mauer on the DL today for leg "weakness" I believe they need to look at finally moving him out of the catcher position.

If Joe can make the transition to RF then that would be best. If not, then we'd have to get him in at 1B and DH.

Broncoholic3233
05-03-2011, 07:19 PM
CONGRATS TO LIRIANO!!!


Tough season for you guys! But this gotta feel good!


First No-no of the season!

Southstander
05-03-2011, 07:20 PM
Congrats on the No Hitter!

Kno-Sean
05-03-2011, 09:24 PM
CONGRATS TO LIRIANO!!!


Tough season for you guys! But this gotta feel good!


First No-no of the season!


Congrats on the No Hitter!

I really hope this helps turn his season around and the teams season!

You guys wanna know the best part?

I was watching the game from like the 4th inning on mute. I had no idea he still had a no hitter going until my buddy texted me in the top of the 9th. So I quickly turned the sound back on and watched closer! :D

Southstander
05-03-2011, 10:20 PM
I really hope this helps turn his season around and the teams season!

You guys wanna know the best part?

I was watching the game from like the 4th inning on mute. I had no idea he still had a no hitter going until my buddy texted me in the top of the 9th. So I quickly turned the sound back on and watched closer! :D

You can turn it around after this weekends four game set. :wink:

Kno-Sean
05-04-2011, 10:01 AM
You can turn it around after this weekends four game set. :wink:

We'll see about that one South! :)

Southstander
05-05-2011, 07:29 PM
Because of the great members in here, I have been looking forward to this weekends series since the season began. May the best team win.

Southstander
05-06-2011, 06:54 PM
That was a first class hurting.

Southstander
05-06-2011, 08:09 PM
I want to apologize for how our manager acted to night.

jetrazor74
05-06-2011, 08:29 PM
What happened?

Kno-Sean
05-06-2011, 08:40 PM
What happened?

I missed it too. Was in the car all day and at my brothers college graduation.

I did see the score though! :D

I'll check out the highlights online.

jetrazor74
05-06-2011, 09:02 PM
And since this is the first time I've been online in a few days:

Liria-no no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :rockon:

Southstander
05-06-2011, 09:17 PM
After Tim Wakefield was called for a "step-balk", Mgr. Francona exploded out of the dugout to argue it. Which is grounds for an automatic ejection. He would continue to yell at Umpire Angel Hernandez. This caused Crew Cheif Joe West to step in between the two. Tito repeatedly bump West and then spit his tabacoo/gum (what ever he was chewing at the time) into his hand and flung it at Hernandez. I expect a suspention.

Southstander
05-07-2011, 04:21 PM
Rubber match tomorrow.

Kno-Sean
05-08-2011, 05:55 PM
Rubber match tomorrow.

Well shucks! That would have been a nice series win.

Good series South! :salute:

Southstander
05-08-2011, 10:09 PM
Well shucks! That would have been a nice series win.

Good series South! :salute:

It has been great!! One more game and it is on the National stage!

Southstander
05-09-2011, 08:25 PM
Great Series. You gave us all we could handle.

jetrazor74
05-09-2011, 08:36 PM
Great Series. You gave us all we could handle.

Gah.... Beckett killed us tonight. Good luck... you guys are on the way to turning the season around... the Twins? not so much. :(

Southstander
05-09-2011, 08:39 PM
Gah.... Beckett killed us tonight. Good luck... you guys are on the way to turning the season around... the Twins? not so much. :(

Thanks bro!

Southstander
05-30-2011, 05:23 PM
Twins place P Francisco Liriano (3-5, 5.73 ERA) on 15-day DL with inflammation in throwing shoulder.

Kno-Sean
06-01-2011, 06:14 AM
The Twins have lost 16 one run games so far this year.

jetrazor74
06-03-2011, 11:45 PM
I'm so depressed, we're not this bad of a team. WTH? :(

jetrazor74
06-08-2011, 10:09 PM
What do you know? A win!! Thank God for the little things!! :laugh:

Kno-Sean
06-16-2011, 12:40 PM
11 of their last 13!!!

What back to back pitching performances outta Pavano and then Blackburn today.

BroncoFanBoy
06-16-2011, 02:11 PM
Twins have been playing a lot better recently, and now Mauer's coming back.

Should be interesting to see what happens

Kno-Sean
06-17-2011, 08:07 PM
Joe Mauer goes 1 for 4 with an RBI single in his first plate appearance.

Twins win 6-5

jetrazor74
06-20-2011, 06:01 PM
Mauer's back... when did Nishioka get back? And what the hell do you know? Suddenly we can play baseball again!!!

The Twins apparently forgot that the season started back in April and waited until June to start theirs! :laugh: