GameChat – Indians @ Twins #4, 7:10pm

So the final game against the Indians.. I would like to win the series, how about you?

It’s a phenomenally gorgeous day to play baseball outside and I hope Deduno has that EFFECTIVE part down to his “Wild” today.



Choo, RF   Revere, CF
Brantley, CF   Casilla, A, 2B
Santana, C, DH   Mauer, C
Canzler, LF   Morneau, 1B
Kotchman, 1B   Willingham, DH
Chisenhall, 3B   Doumit, LF
Phelps, C, 2B   Plouffe, 3B
Lillibridge, SS   Carson, RF
Marson, C   Florimon, SS
  Masterson, P     Deduno, P
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 3 0
Minnesota 0 0 0 1 0 2 3 1 x 7 10 0

You know, that was kind of the Twins performance we used to be much more accustomed to seeing. Good starting pitching, followed by a couple innings of shut down work by the bullpen. Some timely hitting, speed on the basepaths and excellent defense. Almost makes you a little misty-eyed to see it again, doesn’t it?

There was support for Alexi Casilla and his flashy leatherwork for Boyfriend of the Day honors. I’m a big Lexi fan and I acknowledge that time may be running out for him to get one more BOD award in his Twins career, but there were a couple of other performances that have to rate just a bit higher.

Sam Deduno went seven innings and gave up just three hits. Somehow, though, he gave up almost as many runs. His six strikeouts were pretty nice, but then there were those three walks. That’s pretty impressive.

But BOD honors tonight go to Pedro Florimon. He showed some pretty fancy glovework, himself, but he also added a double, a triple, a couple of runs scored and an RBI. I don’t know if this is the kind of performance we can expect from Pedro consistently, but wouldn’t it be nice if it was?

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