The big news today, of course, is that the Twins have finally taken my advice and shut Joe Mauer down for the rest of the season. I honestly have no idea why this decision wasn’t made weeks ago. Had they done so, Joe could have been just taking his time and letting his brain heal in its own time, rather than with a daily “Mauer watch” in the media.
It’s obviously concerning that he’s still dealing with concussion symptoms and at some point we can have a discussion about whether he should continue to catch, but that can wait.
For now, just get better, Joe.
Tonight, the Twins take on the Tigers and Justin Verlander. Good luck with that, guys.
|Jackson, A, CF||Presley, CF|
|Hunter, To, RF||Herrmann, C, RF|
|Cabrera, M, 3B||Dozier, 2B|
|Fielder, 1B||Willingham, DH|
|Martinez, V, DH||Pinto, C|
|Dirks, LF||Parmelee, 1B|
|Infante, 2B||Thomas, C, LF|
|Avila, C||Escobar, E, 3B|
|Santiago, R, SS||Florimon, SS|
|_ Verlander, P||_Pelfrey, P|
Hey, get this: The Twins beat the Tigers and the almighty Justin Verlander!
OK, not really… since Verlander shut out the Twins for his six innings of work, but at the end of the day (almost literally, given how long the game took to play) the Twins won the game 4-3.
Mike Pelfrey only gave up 1 run. That’s pretty good. He might deserve BOD, but he earned $100,000 for hitting the 150 innings mark and that’s enough of a reward for his efforts, isn’t it?
Brian Dozier tied the game with a home run in the 9th and scored the winning run on Josmil Pinto’s RBI single in the 11th. So E and I voted unanimously for Doze.