GameChat – Twins @ Mariners #3, 9:10 pm

Well there was a LOT of baseball news today and none of it is the kind you can jump up and down about.  1) Ken Griffey, Jr announced he is retiring – apparently effective immediately – which means his very last plate appearance was against the Twins.  2) Alexi Casilla will be having surgery to remove the bone spurs in his elbow.  He’s expected to be out 4-8 weeks.  3) Michael Cuddyer’s Father-in-law passed away.  He’s penciled in for tonight but then tomorrow he’ll be put on bereavement leave for 4 days.  No one knows yet who will get called up but I’m betting it will be announced in the post-game interviews or tomorrow morning.

addendum:  4) Jim Joyce, 1B ump, screwed over Armando Galarraga’s attempt at a perfect game – yes, I know it would have been the third one in less than a month but still…  the video evidence on replay is more than enough to have Mr. Joyce wishing he could take a few days off work.  I actually feel bad for the Tigers on this one even though they won.  Fausto Carmona was also pitching a hell of a game but Detroit pulled it out, 3-0.  The Tigers have never had a pitcher throw a perfect game and I guess they’ll just have to wait for another opportunity where the umpires actually let it happen.

Let’s hope that with all the distractions for both teams, everyone can focus and have a good game of baseball.

Minnesota @ Seattle
Span, CF   Suzuki, I, RF
Hardy, SS   Figgins, 2B
Mauer, C   Gutierrez, F, CF
Morneau, 1B   Sweeney, M, DH
Cuddyer, RF   Bradley, LF
Kubel, DH   Lopez, J, 3B
Young, D, LF   Kotchman, 1B
Tolbert, 3B   Johnson, Ro, C
Punto, 2B   Wilson, Jo, SS
  Slowey, P     Lee, Cl, P


  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 5
Seattle 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 8


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Nobody likes umpires today.