GameChat – Mariners @ Twins #2, 7:10 pm

Wow there was a lot of “trade” discussion in the digital universe today. Kevin Slowey’s options are being discussed extensively – including the fact that he’s getting a second opinion on abdominal pain. Also, out of the blue, someone started the discussion about what Thome would bring.. God that would suck to lose him. I really hope that never happens.

The weather is cool and cloudy but no sign that there is going to be any rain to rescue the Twins if things go badly. Blackburn is starting so lets hope that we can get a good result off a good start from Nick. I would hope that the Twins are able to use that to get a W tonight.

Cuddy’s hip must still need a little downtime – I haven’t checked to see if anyone has said whether he’ll be available off the bench though. Delmon is back so his shin must be ok. It also sounds like both Mauer & Nishioka are getting some time in down in Florida so that could be REALLY good news soon.

I’m getting the post up but I’m off to go say hello to a brand new little baby that arrived on Sunday and I don’t intend to be in a rush to say goodbye… LOL I’m such a sucker for the short ones.. JC is also at a Kernels game tonight and given questionable weather there, if you see him, it’s because he got rained out. Have a good chat guys!

Seattle @ Minnesota
Suzuki, I, RF   Span, CF
Figgins, 3B   Tolbert, SS
Smoak, 1B   Kubel, RF
Cust, DH   Morneau, 1B
Olivo, C   Thome, DH
Kennedy, A, 2B   Young, D, LF
Peguero, LF   Valencia, 3B
Ryan, SS   Rivera, R, C
Saunders, M, CF   Casilla, A, 2B
  Fister, P     Blackburn, P


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



That is EXACTLY what the Twins needed – a fantastic outing from Nick Blackburn, getting some hits, doing some running, and in general breaking a 9 game losing streak at home.

And honestly, I said in the pregame that the Twins really needed Blackburn to do well but they needed more than a quality start – they needed a monster start because three of their bullpen pitchers were unavailable. Blackburn gave them EXACTLY that – a MONSTER of a complete game in 127 pitches and finished with a 1-2-3 9th inning. For simply ROCKING it, Blackburn gets unanimous support for today’s Boyfriend of the Day!