Talkin’ Big Ten Basketball

Yes, I know this is a Minnesota Twins blog first and foremost. But, as many of you know, my interests do extend beyond the Twins and even beyond baseball.

I’m also a fan of NCAA basketball and, in particular, Iowa Hawkeyes basketball.

Monday night, I joined the Phil Naessens’ podcast to talk about the Big Ten conference as they get ready to open the BIG tournament later this week.

We discussed each Big Ten team and Phil & I each made our Big Ten Tournament champion picks and I picked one of the teams that have to play four games to make a huge run (no… unfortunately… it’s not the Hawkeyes).

So, if you’re interested in listening to Phil and I talk Big Ten hoops for a half hour or so, click here and feel free to leave comments!

– JC

GameChat: Red Sox @ Twins 6:05

Tough to get this GameChat up before game time when I work until almost 6:00, but I’ll put it up and then go add the lineups.

And here they are:



Iglesias, SS Span, CF
Sweeney, RF Nishioka, 2B
Youkilis, 3B Mauer, C
Ortiz, 1B Morneau, 1B
McDonald, D, DH Willingham, RF
Kroeger, LF Doumit, LF
Shoppach, C Hughes, L, DH
Punto, 2B Dozier, SS
Repko, CF Hollimon, 3B
  Buchholz, C, P   _Marquis, P
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 4 1 0 0 0 5 0 0 10 11 0
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 7 2

I think the technical baseball term for that kind of game is “butt-ugly,” even for a Spring Training game.

Jason Marquis was certainly less than impressive in his Twins ST debut, though his defense didn’t exactly help him out either.

On the positive side, Liam Hendriks looked sharp with 3 Ks in two scoreless innings and Carlos Gutierrez, Brendan Wise and Tyler Robertson all added an inning of scoreless pitching each. Joe Mauer was the only Twins hitter with more than one hit, contributing two singles.

– JC