- In Episode 3 Paul and I discuss the Twins wealth of out fielders, both in MLB and the minors, possible roster constructions for 2013, the starting pitching both now and going forward, the bathrooms in Clinton, Iowa and Byron Buxton, among other things. Take a listen, and send us some feedback.
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So Minneapolis is a busy place this afternoon! Vikings are kicking off the NFL season at home hosting the Jaguars while the Twins finish off the series with Cleveland. And of course, I have 15 things going on so all of the above are going to be hit & miss for me to catch.
Given that the this is a rubber match for the Indians, I’m really hoping that Esmerling Vasquez has a fantastic Target Field debut – not that I don’t always hope our starting pitcher is fantastic. It might be a day game but our boys aren’t leaving town since the home stand still has another week to go. I’m hoping that means that the offense remembers that it can hit the ball!
And the weather is absolutely perfect to be outdoors watching baseball while the rest of the Minnesota is indoors watching the Vikings in the Dome. I’ll take the baseball… at least while I’m not going out to pick up my new dryer….
|Choo, RF||Revere, CF|
|Kipnis, 2B||Carroll, 2B|
|Cabrera, A, DH||Mauer, DH|
|Brantley, CF||Morneau, 1B|
|Santana, C, 1B||Doumit, C|
|Canzler, LF||Parmelee, RF|
|Lillibridge, SS||Mastroianni, LF|
|Donald, 3B||Escobar, 3B|
|Marson, C||Florimon, SS|
|Kluber, P||Vasquez, P|
Seems pretty much everyone had other things to do today that were more important than hanging out online during the Twins game, but I made it home just in time to hear Justin Morneau’s walk-off solo shot down the right field line.
Vasquez wasn’t exactly impressive and a couple members of the bullpen weren’t entirely helpful, either, but Casey Fien and Brian Duensing both managed to put out a fire or two and keep the Twins in the game.
But today was a bit of a “throwback” day for the Twins… if you can call going back about 4 years “throwback.” In any event, today it was an M&M day. Joe Mauer had three hits, finishing just a home run short of hitting for the cycle. No problem, though, because Morneau hit a couple of them, including the game winner in the bottom of the ninth inning.
For that bit of heroism, Justin is our Boyfriend of the Day! – JC