GameChat – Yankees @ Twins, 7:10 pm

I don’t have much in the way of witty commentary (Babs might have some a bit later), but I figured I could at least get the post up. Who knows, maybe I’ll even have a chance to watch the game!

NY Yankees

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Gardner, LF   Revere, CF
Jeter, SS   Plouffe, RF
Granderson, CF   Mauer, C
Teixeira, 1B   Morneau, 1B
Cano, 2B   Kubel, DH
Swisher, RF   Valencia, 3B
Chavez, Er, 3B   Tosoni, LF
Posada, DH   Hughes, L, 2B
Martin, C   Nishioka, SS
  Hughes, P, P     Slowey, P

 

 

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God help us, that sucked.

GameChat – Yankees @ Twins, 7:10pm

ooooookaayyy…. yeah. Tonight is going to be INTERESTING and I mean that in the most Minnesota sense of the word.

Poor Gardy has a bit of a situation – and I don’t mean the kind that can’t wear Abercrombie & Fitch – he’s missing a LOT of people. We called up Luke Hughes last night knowing that we were going to need the extra person in the roster anyway.. we were thinking ahead right? Yeah, he went to the wrong gate and missed his flight… he’s not here yet. He was supposed to be taking the place of Kubel who is gone tonight dealing with a family emergency. Then there’s Cuddyer – who apparently has a herniated disc in his neck that he wants to play through… Ouch. But regardless, he can’t play tonight. And Denard is back down dealing with more concussion symptoms (and/or drug reactions). Tolbert still can’t swing a bat – we were darn lucky that when he came up to bat last night, the bunt thing was appropriate. The worst part about the Tolbert situation? HE’S THE ONLY PERSON WE HAVE ON THE BENCH!! If you check the lineup, you’ll see that Mauer gets to appear in yet another new position tonight – over in right field. I guess at the rate he’s going, he’ll be completely ready for whatever position he needs to be in when Catcher is no longer his primary… I hope he manages the change as well as he did covering 1B.

So, um, let’s hope that a) no one gets hurt tonight or we’re going to try to find bullpen members to field positions, b) Thome needs to hit almost all homeruns so he doesn’t have to run too much and c) Duensing can pitch a near or complete game in order to allow the above mentioned bullpen members to fullfill other duties!!!

And Thome will be honored before tonight’s game for his accomplishments joining the 600 HR club. He gets a huge crowd for it tonight and perfect weather. Congrats Big Jim!

Have I mentioned we’re facing the Yankees tonight? Who knew that the Twins could actually manage to make THAT situation worse…

 

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Jeter, SS   Revere, CF
Granderson, CF   Plouffe, 2B
Teixeira, 1B   Mauer, RF
Cano, 2B   Morneau, 1B
Swisher, DH   Thome, DH
Jones, An, RF   Valencia, 3B
Nunez, E, 3B   Tosoni, LF
Cervelli, C   Nishioka, SS
Gardner, LF   Butera, C
  Sabathia, P     Duensing, P

 

 

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Well that could have been better but boy could it have been a LOT worse. We didn’t have to go to any desperate measures to put 9 guys on the field at any one time, Joe Mauer did well at his sub job in RF and the boys did actually try to bring the offense. It was a tough night for officiating calls and it seemed to put the fans in the stands in a morose mood, much less the players. Gardy got himself booted at the beginning of the game arguing the reversal of Morneau’s HR call but it wasn’t a particularly vibrant episode of Show Time. Nothing much anyone could do about it though.

The real pain for tonight was giving up the Homeruns to the Yankee hitters… yeah, that happens to better teams than the Twins. Let’s do better tomorrow shall we? It’s a four game series afterall.

GameChat – Twins @ Tigers #3, 6:05

Grr… still having a few issues with the service provider but here we are!

The most I have to add to tonight’s pre-game is that I really hope this is one of those Pavano outings that amaze us and give us a series win. We could sure use it right about now and the bullpen would owe him a beer – at the very least.

 

Minnesota

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Revere, CF   Dirks, CF
Plouffe, 2B   Boesch, RF
Mauer, C   Young, D, LF
Morneau, 1B   Cabrera, Mi, 1B
Kubel, RF   Martinez, V, DH
Thome, DH   Avila, C
Valencia, 3B   Peralta, Jh, SS
Tosoni, LF   Kelly, 3B
Nishioka, SS   Santiago, 2B
  Pavano, P     Penny, P

 

 

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YES!!! we actually won a SERIES!!!! Getting 2 of 3 in Detroit really seemed like an impossibility while watching the fielding disaster that was the series in Cleveland – and I’ll admit that the the recurrance of such hellish glovework last night didn’t make me overly confident for tonight.

But actually? This was a surprisingly good game of baseball (despite some oddities) that included a couple different incredibly fun catches for Ben Revere – both off Delmon Young’s bat if I recall correctly – and for that he gets a rootbeer float. The lead went back and forth several times instead of the Twins either giving up a big one and dying or trying to catch up for 9 innings. Pavano had a decent night and they didn’t screw too much up for him this time so Pavano gets a quality beer. Perkins had a bit of trouble but Capps & Nathan came in and got the necessary outs. They too can have a beer of their choice.

But tonight’s story was really about the fact that we had some OFFENSE! There was actual HITTING and RUNS tonight! Thome & Tosoni BOTH hit homeruns which is FANTASTIC. I like that kind of thing but it was fun to see Tosoni go from bunting to a full-swinging homerun. They both get full access to the baked-goods buffet – all you can eat donuts is nothing to sneeze at.

BUT the big prize, today’s BOD goes to Justin Morneau. Timely hitting is timely hitting and he actually knocked in the winning RBI breaking the tie in the top of the 9th. Yeah, that was good stuff. Congrats Doc!

 

 

News for tomorrow: there will be a roster move announced tomorrow when they figure out a couple things going on – Span is not likely to be playing, Kubel will be gone for family reasons and the Twins are recalling Hughes.. again. Not sure how that room will be happening but they’ll let us know tomorrow.

I’m just excited that they are coming back to Minnesota in such a good mood.

GameChat – Twins @ Tigers #2, 6:05pm

Ok, catch up from yesterday – the PTBNL has been named. We added RH Lester Oliveros to the Rochester Redwings today. Considering how much we’ve raided the AAA pitching staff, I hope he’s able to start really contributing right away. Welcome to the Twins, Lester.

And it’s good to see Thome getting some nice attention.

 

 

One of our chatters shared this during the game last night (can’t quite remember who) but I enjoyed it so much I wanted to share it for you guys. This is Jim Thome’s very first HR in the big leagues – against the Yankees no less – back in 1991. Ahh… the good old days!

 

 

And if you want a full story – then to now – the Twins have a great video on the website: Thome’s HR History

Anyway, back to tonight, Tosoni is up, Span is still benched, and Mauer is taking the DH spot tonight.. another goofy lineup but I have become inured to lineup oddity.

 

Minnesota

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Revere, CF   Jackson, A, CF
Plouffe, 2B   Boesch, RF
Mauer, DH   Young, D, LF
Morneau, 1B   Cabrera, Mi, 1B
Kubel, RF   Martinez, V, DH
Valencia, 3B   Avila, C
Tosoni, LF   Peralta, Jh, SS
Nishioka, SS   Kelly, 3B
Butera, C   Santiago, 2B
  Blackburn, P     Verlander, P

 

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um… yeah, the Twins got Verlandered…. ouch.

GameChat – Twins @ Tigers, 6:05pm

Wow, lots of controversy in Twins Territory today – although not nearly as much on Twitter as you would think. It appears that those who are more of my mind about the Delmon trade are in greater numbers in that particular venue than those who are of JC’s mind. Frankly, I think that we could have gotten a towel and a bar of soap for Delmon and the Twins would have come out ahead.  I know he has devoted followers but I was done with waiting for his potential to show up as existing talent instead of potential. Yes, I know he was younger than he looks.. I kept hoping that with the weight up & down and the occasional sign of effort in the outfield that he was really trying to improve his baseball skill. But somehow he never did. Batting practice bombs do not win baseball games and I wish the Twins had moved him on to another environment where he could succeed while he still had some actual trade value.

For the record – this was not a situation where the Twins approached an intra-division team and said, ‘let’s deal.’  The Twins apparently decided they were done as well and put him on waivers. The Tigers grabbed him and the Twins had to either get the deal done or let it all go for nothing. Don’t be confused folks, the Twins didn’t really have a lot of options here. Delmon had no value to speak of so I think we did ok.  It will be interesting to face him as the #3 hitter tonight though and the whole thing with him riding the team bus over to Comerica and then saying goodbye to everyone was a bit… odd… awkward.. hope it went ok for him. And don’t get me wrong – I wish him the best of luck and really do think he needs an entirely new situation for him to have any chance at being successful. I’m absolutely certain it was never going to happen here.  Good Luck Delmon! (just not tonight! ;) )

 

Minnesota

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Span, CF Jackson, A, CF
Plouffe, 2B Raburn, 2B
Mauer, C Young, D, LF
Morneau, 1B Cabrera, Mi, 1B
Kubel, RF Martinez, V, DH
Thome, DH Peralta, Jh, SS
Valencia, 3B Ordonez, RF
Revere, LF Avila, C
Nishioka, SS Betemit, 3B
  Liriano, P   Porcello, P

[EDIT] The Twins have a lineup change. Denard Span scratched – didn’t feel right during BP. Revere in CF Plouffe in LF. Uh-oh…

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Detroit 1 0 2 0 0 2 1 0 0 6 11 2

Lots of cool stuff happened during the game tonight, not the least of which was Delmon Young going yard off of Frankie in his first AB as a Tiger and Ben Revere ALMOST hitting an inside-the-park-homerun that ended with a collision at the plate.

But let’s be honest… nothing else measures up to Jim Thome mashing career taters #599 AND #600 against the Tigers.

Congratulations to our BOD, Jimmer! (aka Mr Incredible). – JC

Mr. Incredible, Jim Thome! (Image: TD Davis)

Delmon Young Traded to Tigers

DY is done as a Twin.

Cole Nelson

In a rare intra-divisional trade, the Twins sent Delmon Young to the Tigers in return for high-A minor league pitcher Cole Nelson and a “player to be named later”. Nelson, a native of Edina MN, I believe, has mediocre (at best) stats for the Tigers’ Lakeland affiliate this season. He was a 10th round pick of the Tigers in the 2010 draft out of Auburn.

I’m hoping the PTBNL is the key in this deal. Often, that indicates the player has been identified but was signed less than a year ago. (Players can’t be traded by their original team until 1 year has expired.)

On the surface, it certainly doesn’t look like a strong trade for the Twins, but until the PTBNL is identified, it’s premature to cast a final judgment.

- JC

 

GameChat – Minnesota @ Cleveland #3, 12:05pm

SEE?? the Injury Curse has struck again!

I don’t know what it will take to break the curse. All I know is that somewhere, Nick Punto & JJ Hardy are looking on and saying, “hmmm…” and the bad energy continues to build in Twins Territory.

It’s sad when the best I can hope for is to not get swept in Cleveland.. *crosses fingers* However, it is the return of Kevin Slowey who can probably speak indepth about the injury curse. I hope he is able to shine and give us that 6th starter ability that we’ve always said the Twins were going to need.

 

Minnesota

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Revere, CF Carrera, LF
Plouffe, 2B Choo, RF
Kubel, RF Cabrera, A, SS
Morneau, 1B Hafner, DH
Thome, DH Santana, C, 1B
Valencia, 3B Fukudome, CF
Young, D, LF Chisenhall, 3B
Tolbert, SS Donald, 2B
Butera, C Marson, C
  Slowey, P   Huff, P

So Kevin Slowey got off to a rough start in his first three pitches but then did OK… for the two innings this game lasted before the rains came. The game got postponed until some time when it will probably matter even less (to the Twins anyway). – JC

Game Chat – Twins @ Indians #2, 6:05pm

So Alexi Casilla’s return from the DL lasted exactly one game. He’s back on the DL and the Twins will be adding a new infielder, but they’re apparently looking at options beyond the group in Rochester who’ve bounced up and down all year long. Should be interesting to see who comes up. [UPDATE: Phil Mackey reports Trevor Plouffe is on his way back up to replace Casilla.]

Michael Cuddyer is still nursing a sore neck and may miss the whole series. LaVelle E. Neal III of the Strib reports that Drew Butera was taking ground balls at 2B before the game. This is what this season has come to.

I’m headed to Perfect Game Field here in Cedar Rapids to see the Kernels take on Kane County in Midwest League play, but here are tonight’s Twins/Tribe lineups and the GameChat window for anyone interested in hanging out during the game:

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Span, CF Choo, RF
Tolbert, 2B Donald, 2B
Mauer, C Cabrera, A, SS
Morneau, 1B Santana, C, C
Kubel, RF Duncan, DH
Thome, DH Fukudome, CF
Valencia, 3B LaPorta, 1B
Young, D, LF Hannahan, 3B
Nishioka, SS Carrera, LF
  _Duensing, P   _Tomlin, P
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Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 5 1
Cleveland 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 x 3 10 0

I have no idea what happened in this game other than what the boxscore tells me and it tells me that, outside of a gopher ball, Brian Duensing had a decent night, as did the bullpen guys who followed him. The offense did not, however, have a very good night. (Why does this keep sounding familiar?) – JC

GameChat – Minnesota @ Cleveland, 6:05pm

What a day of ridiculous emotional highs & lows for team Twins.  Morneau is BACK!! heck, even Lexi is back… considering what we’ve been dealing with, the concept of actually having our entire starting lineup on the field at the same time is too much to hope for! No, really it actually is. Not only did we put Jason Repko on the DL with a shoulder issue to make room for Morneau (did anyone else know he was hurting?) but then Cuddyer developed a serious neck issue during early BP today .. so.. yeah, he’s sitting for at least tonight and maybe the weekend.

I think there is a curse… interestingly enough, listening to Reusse & Mackey today, it appears they have considered the same thing. They blame it on the Target Field squirrel who played with Harris saying he’s mad because they cut down his trees… yeah, I don’t buy it. I think there is something far more … close to the subject. I think there’s specifically an injury curse because JJ Hardy and Nick Punto (some of our solid infield providers) were moved on because the FO thought they spent too much time being on the DL despite their incredible skills when on the field.  Yeah, you know how negative energy can build up in a place? Yeah, I think Target Field became possessed by a poltergeist that is injuring our players and making sure we know what “being on the DL too much ” REALLY means. And it’s now attached itself to the team. Of course, I could be wrong…

 

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Span, CF   Choo, RF
Casilla, A, 2B   Kipnis, 2B
Mauer, C   Cabrera, A, SS
Morneau, 1B   Hafner, DH
Kubel, RF   Santana, C, C
Thome, DH   Fukudome, CF
Valencia, 3B   LaPorta, 1B
Revere, LF   Chisenhall, 3B
Nishioka, SS   Carrera, LF
  Pavano, P     Masterson, P

 

 

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I really wish the Twins had won this game… of course for the obvious reason of getting a win in the division but more importantly because Pavano really deserved a BOD. Once again, sloppy fielding and errors behind him ended up costing us the game. I’m sorry but as many big bats as we have (under-performing though they may be), it is just NOT going to make up for crap like that in the field when you’re facing good pitchers.

Oh yeah, the curse is definitely in full effect too because guess who pulled up lame during the game? yep, Lexi. I just might have to go research how much time JJ & Nicky were actually down last year because I honestly thing Nishi and Lexi have beat them this year. Can you tell I might still be holding the tiniest bit of a grudge?

GameChat – Red Sox @ Twins #3, 7:10pm

I hate to admit it but at this stage of the game, I get a little … blah… about Twins games. I just don’t have quite the enthusiasm for baseball that I normally do. Does that mean I won’t turn it on the second I get home from my meeting? oh, I’ll turn it on.. afterall, I’m still watching for Thome’s #600!!  What about you guys? what keeps you turning on the games?

 

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Ellsbury, CF Span, CF
Scutaro, SS Revere, RF
Gonzalez, Ad, 1B Mauer, C
Youkilis, 3B Cuddyer, 1B
Ortiz, DH Thome, DH
Crawford, LF Valencia, 3B
Saltalamacchia, C Young, D, LF
Reddick, RF Plouffe, 2B
Aviles, 2B Nishioka, SS
  Lester, P   Blackburn, P
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Boston 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 8 0
Minnesota 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 x 5 11 1

The losing streak is OVAH! Our guys finally put together a pretty nice ballgame tonight. Nick Blackburn gave the Twins a great start, with 6 2/3 innings of work without giving up any earned runs, Delmon Young reached base all four plate appearances, and Jim Thome had a pair of hits and a pair of ribbies. Joe Mauer, Danny Valencia and Matt Tolbert all came through with big RBI, as well.

But the Chat determined that Joe Nathan earned BOD honors tonight with his 255th save of his Twins career, making him the all-time franchise leader in that category. Congratulations Joe!

Joe Nathan