GameChat – Minnesota Twins at Oakland Athletics 9:05pm

The Twins made waves this afternoon when it was announced that Nick Blackburn and Tsuyoshi Nishioka had been outrighted from the 40 man roster.  They’ll still remain with the Minnesota organization and Blackburn will join Nishioka in Rochester.

Twins have just 1 win in their last 9 games, so it would be nice for them to do something positive tonight.  Hasn’t been a Boyfriend of the Day in almost a week!

 Minnesota Twins


Oakland Athletics 
 Revere, CF  Crisp, CF
 Mastroianni, RF  Gomes, J, DH
 Mauer, C  Reddick, RF
 Willingham, LF  Cespedes, LF
 Morneau, 1B  Carter, 1B
 Doumit, DH  Donaldson, 3B
 Plouffe, 3B  Norris, C
 Carroll, 2B  Rosales, SS
 Florimon, SS  Weeks, 2B
 _Duensing, P  _McCarthy, P


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 7 15 2
Oakland 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 1

It’s been a while, so I’m not 100% sure, but I think that’s what they call a WIN!

The Twins racked up 15 hits and we’ll let it pass that only one of them was an extra-base hit (a double by Willingham). The Hammer certainly earned baked goods of his choice, as did Joe Mauer, with both of them ripping 3 hits a piece. Brian Duensing also earns a few pastries with his six innings of excelling mound work (5 hits, 1 BB and 7 Ks!).

But tonight’s (or is it this morning’s?) BOD award goes to Pedro Florimon, who also came up with three hits of his own. He also walked once, putting him on base four times. He scored three of the Twins’ seven runs on the night. Just to prove he can do it all, he also turned in some pretty fancy leatherwork. That total package earns him the BOD.

Pedro Florimon (Photo:Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)