GameChat – Twins @ Angels #2, 8:05 pm

Apparently we won’t be seeing Joe Mauer in the Twins line up… again. He still has a cold. Actually, he has “general congestion”, according to the Twins trainer (but don’t you DARE call him soft!). Seriously… why not just send his ass back to his home in Ft. Myers for the rest of the season? Maybe he’ll grow a pair by next year.

His team mates… you know, the ones NOT getting paid $23 million dollars to NOT play baseball… take on Torii Hunter’s Angels in the second game of the series, behind starting pitcher Brian Duensing.

I’m not sure I’ll be watching the game. With this being opening weekend for college football, I’m just a lot more interested in watching some of those games tonight.

That said, I may check in from time to time, especially since Mike Trout is in the Angels’ line up. Trout has been ranked as one of the top couple of prospects in all of baseball for the past year or more and, despite having just turned 20 years old, he’s been getting a little playing time with the Angels this season. Not bad for a kid who played the first half of last season for the Angels’ low-A affiliate here in Cedar Rapids. He was absolutely the best baseball player I’ve seen come through Cedar Rapids since I started attending games here almost 35 years ago. While it’s impossible to say any player that age is a “sure thing”, I’ll be very surprised if Trout doesn’t become one of the biggest names in MLB over the next few years.

Here are tonight’s lineups:



Revere, CF Bourjos, CF
Plouffe, 2B Callaspo, 3B
Kubel, DH Kendrick, H, 2B
Cuddyer, RF Hunter, To, DH
Valencia, 3B Trumbo, 1B
Tosoni, LF Wells, V, LF
Hughes, L, 1B Trout, RF
Nishioka, SS Aybar, SS
Rivera, R, C Mathis, C
  _Duensing, P _Weaver, P
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 6 9 1
LA Angels 4 1 1 0 1 3 0 0 x 10 14 0

Another pitcher bites the dust. Duensing left the game in the second inning with a strained oblique.

I’m too tired to even comment on that or on the this crappy game.