GameChat – Twins @ Blue Jays, 6:07

For those of you who AREN’T connected to the Twittersphere to follow your favorite baseball team, you likely slept well and missed the explosion of Cliff Lee rumors that a deal was near to completion that would send Ramos & Hicks to Seattle.  Kbro was wise enough to point out that perhaps rumors that originate in DETROIT aren’t likely to be solid when they involve the Twins.  That being said, Twins officials when questioned seemed to downplay the immediacy of any deal completion, nor does it appear that those two players are being considered – at least not together. 

I will be glad when the next three weeks are OVER.

The All-Star Game balloting for the final position in each league continues until 3:00 pm on Thursday.  Delmon Young was in 5th place in the AL this morning and Nick Swisher was in the lead…  Frankly, in what is merely a popularity contest, I know which of the two I would rather see in the limited attention I will likely give the events in Anaheim.  It was also announced today that Justin Morneau officially declined an invitation to participate in the Homerun Derby – after snubs he received the year he won, one can hardly blame him.  I’ve also heard that Mauer has also expressed that he has no interest in participating.  Good for them both.

Now let’s hope that the Twins can actually get their road game together while across the border.

Minnesota @ Toronto
Span, CF   Lewis, F, LF
Hudson, O, 2B   Wise, CF
Mauer, C   Gonzalez, A, SS
Morneau, 1B   Bautista, J, RF
Kubel, RF   Lind, DH
Cuddyer, 3B   Buck, J, C
Thome, DH   Overbay, 1B
Young, D, LF   Encarnacion, 3B
Punto, SS   Green, N, 2B
  Pavano, P     Litsch, P


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


I figured out why the lefties all decided to start hitting homeruns tonight – it was the only way they could keep DeWayne Wise from CATCHING the ball.  Sheesh, that guy is good.  I figure that the hot, humid weather also contributed since there were three homeruns for each team – the ball was definitely flying well.  And there was so much hitting in general that there was serious discussion about assigning a TEAM-WIDE BOD tonight.  I think it’s mostly just excitement about what was a nail-biter game but a win at a time when road wins have been fewer and further between than we would like.  With some further discussion, Co-BOD’s were assigned to Delmon for being monstrously everywhere (3/3 and winning run) and Spanky for great catches and timely hitting = 2 RBI (including the winning one).  However, a truckload of pastries will be delivered to the lockerroom just in time for the guys to get out of the showers.  Great win!