Kyle Gibson gets his first start at Yankee Stadium today as the Twins try to accomplish the near-unthinkable… win a series against the Evil Empire in New York.
That said, the guys wearing Evil Empire uniforms resemble the real Yankees about the way Rick Moranis and his minions in “Spaceballs” resembled Darth Vader, et al, in Star Wars. The resemblance is almost more for comedic effect than anything else.
Still, winning would be better than losing. It would be particularly nice to get a W from Captain Cheeseburger.
Across town from where the Yankees and Twins are playing, Twins prospects Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton will be playing in the annual Futures Game at 1:00-ish at Citi Field. Sano is starting at 3B for the International team and Buxton is starting on the bench for the USA team.
I’ll be watching the Kernels take on the Bowling Green Hot Rods at 2:00 here in Cedar Rapids.
If you can’t find any baseball to watch today, you just aren’t trying hard enough! – JC
|Dozier, 2B||Suzuki, I, CF|
|Mauer, C||Almonte, LF|
|Morneau, 1B||Cano, 2B|
|Doumit, RF||Hafner, DH|
|Plouffe, DH||Wells, V, RF|
|Hicks, CF||Overbay, 1B|
|Thomas, C, LF||Nunez, SS|
|Carroll, 3B||Cruz, L, 3B|
|Florimon, SS||Stewart, C, C|
|_Gibson, P||_Sabathia, P|
Well, HOT DAMN!! We just took a series IN New York! We haven’t done that since 2001!!!
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Yankees game without the usual umpiring fiascos… what’s UP with that anyway!?! seriously? I want it on the record that I despise horrible umping even when we WIN. Gah.. just gives them all a bad name and most of them don’t need the help!
But there was a lot of good things about today’s game – people stepping up and having good games all over our lineup. Let’s start with the rookie getting a W in NY. Yep. So that happened. Gibson did well and even though he only went 5 innings, let’s just put that down to the fact that it’s pretty darn miserably hot – there and here.
Florimon, Carroll and Dozier all had fantastic games – I’m really pleased with all of them and Morneau seems to finally have clicked again although his numbers and his actual plate appearances were kind of an odd thing. He was 3/5 but all the ones he hit hard were out – the rest were just weird or ridiculous misplays. The smile on his face during the post-game interview tells me he’ll take it.
My last mention of the day is Trevor Plouffe who filled the DH position today – he seemed to like it getting 3 runs and 2 hits today and just by that additional run, manages to earn today’s BOD!
Additional Note: Twins are sending Parmelee, Arcia and Escobar down to start getting more AB’s and better swings during this All-Star break. They are bringing up a few young folk including Hermann.