GameChat – (ST) Split Squad day, 12:05 pm ESPN & am1500

Nothing like trying to make things really complicated – but half the team will be taking on the Yankees on ESPN and the other half will be dealing with the Rays on am1500 radio.  Not sure which I’ll be tracking at any given moment…

Minnesota @ NY Yankees
Span, CF   Jeter, SS
Hudson, O, 2B   Thames, DH
Hardy, SS   Posada, C
Kubel, DH   Rodriguez, A, 3B
Young, D, LF   Swisher, RF
Harris, B, 3B   Granderson, CF
Peterson, Br, 1B   Gardner, LF
Portes, RF   Pena, R, 2B
Butera, C   Miranda, 1B
  Duensing, P     Hughes, P, P


highlights from the Yankees game:  you’ve probably heard by now but in the first AB of the game, Denard Span managed to foul a ball off the chest of his mother sitting in the stands.  The odds of that can only be calculated by a serious stats person – not me.  Glad to hear that she’s ok and even sent him back to CF after seeing the med folk and going back to her seat by the dugout.  The other highlight (other than kicking Yankee butt) is Duensing had a great start against some SERIOUS hitters.  Good to see he has that kind of presence in case we have an injury in the starting ro – something that seems inevitable with our history.  And Neshek had another STELLAR outting.  Good to see him out there smiling on the mound and confident.

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 4 8 0
NY Yankees 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 6 1



Tampa Bay @ Minnesota
Rodriguez, S, 2B   Casilla, A, SS
Brignac, R, SS   Punto, 3B
Zobrist, CF   Mauer, C
Longoria, 3B   Morneau, 1B
Pena, C, 1B   Cuddyer, CF
Aybar, W, DH   Thome, DH
Kapler, RF   Jones, Jac, RF
Ashley, C   Dinkelman, LF
Johnson, E, LF   Singleton, 2B
  Davis, W, P     Baker, S, P


ok, this game kind of sucked.  Highlights are hard to find especially considering how deep into the minor league roster we went by the end of the game.  Scooter definitely didn’t have a good game and didn’t even finish the third inning.  So the challenge of watching ESPN on mute while listening to the radio might not have been worth it.  At least I really don’t worry about a pitcher of Baker’s caliber – a bad outting is simply that.  He’ll be back to his usual self for the next one, I’m sure!


  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Tampa Bay 2 2 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 10 19 0
Minnesota 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 6 2

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5 Replies to “GameChat – (ST) Split Squad day, 12:05 pm ESPN & am1500”

  1. Should give us a pretty good sense of where Brian Duensing is at right now. That’s a pretty tough line up for the Yankees.

  2. agreed.. I think they broke up the hitters pretty well though. Both games could actually very interesting.

  3. it’s really weird to have the Yankees matchup on the TV, muted and the Rays matchup on the radio… not sure I can pull off the divided attention.

  4. I would hope that our Ace is back to his usual self for the next game, but I really don’t know how much stock to place in split squad games anyway.

  5. yeah, I am really not worried about Scooter. I’m sure he’ll be right back and ready to nail down the opposition on opening day. I have a lot of faith in Baker – because he’s earned it. If he was hurting in any way, he’d have mentioned it to staff. All pitchers just have off days for whatever reason.