GameChat – HOME OPENER!! A’s @ Twins, 3:10pm

It’s just about as perfect a spring day as you get in Minnesota.  No, really, as hard as it is to believe since we just got 10 inches of snow on Friday, it’s almost 60 and gorgeously sunny out there.

KL and I aren’t actually AT the game today although I have to admit we both wish we were. It’s a sure sign you’re getting old and stodgy when you choose to prioritize “bills” before you go for fun like the baseball opener.. My NEPHEW is at the game though so we are at least raising the kids right in our family. Instead, KL and I did a little shopping for baseball findings to finish up a pair of booties for the baby to match her Twins stuff for when we DO go to games.

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Miss Margaret was all ready for the opener too!! KL and I met for lunch and showed up in our baseball accoutrements as well – we did discuss getting a group selfie of the three of us girls all ready for baseball but.. yeah, well, she and I aren’t really big fans of being on camera as much as we are being BEHIND a camera so you get the cute baby in gear as a substitute.

Quick DL update – Bartlett has been put on the 15 day DL and our super-utility back-up Catcher, Chris Hermann, is up here for awhile. Considering that both Arcia and Willingham aren’t swinging a bat at the moment, it’s nice to have Pinto be able to be in the lineup since Hermann can fill in if necessary behind home plate.

Let’s see what the boys can do in their home debut for 2014!

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Fuld, CF Dozier, 2B
Lowrie, SS Mauer, 1B
Donaldson, 3B Plouffe, 3B
Moss, 1B Colabello, RF
Cespedes, LF Pinto, DH
Callaspo, DH Kubel, LF
Reddick, RF Suzuki, K, C
Norris, D, C Hicks, CF
Sogard, 2B Florimon, SS
  Kazmir, P   Correia, P

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yep… the story for the Twins is still “the pitching sucks” so that could get a little old before it gets too warm.

BUT  if they aren’t going to win, at least the ballgame was a good way to celebrate one of the first days nice enough to want to be outdoors. It was a stunningly beautiful day here in Minnesota – one of the first times in awhile I have been able to say that.

GameChat – Twins @ Indians #3, 12:05pm

So this is Nolasco’s chance to improve the fairly poor impression that I got out of him from his first start. Is it fair that I have only seen him pitch once and I’m disappointed? Probably not but baseball isn’t really what I would call a fair sport – it’s an “any given day” kind of thing. So here’s his chance to be different than last week.

It’s also the Twins chance to win a series and/or achieve .500 status.. I’m just going to start that from the beginning of the year this year and just make that my goal.. if they can do .500 or better, I’ll call it a successful year. Again with the “not fair” but I don’t care.

I will only be catching bits and snags of today’s game because my family is throwing a “meet the baby” party to celebrate the arrival of Miss Margaret. For the record, baby showers are all about mommy… Meet the Baby parties? yeah, I might as well not exist. I’m only there to make sure that if there is a hunger emergency, her pleasant demeanor is maintained… maybe that’s why I’m in a “the world isn’t fair” mood today! ;)

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Dozier, 2B Morgan, CF
Mauer, 1B Swisher, 1B
Willingham, LF Kipnis, 2B
Colabello, DH Santana, C, 3B
Plouffe, 3B Brantley, LF
Kubel, RF Chisenhall, DH
Suzuki, K, C Gomes, Y, C
Hicks, CF Murphy, Dv, RF
Florimon, SS Aviles, SS
  Nolasco, P   Masterson, P

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So my bits and pieces turned out to be the first inning… I have no clue other than the boxscore what happened after that.. but look, the boxscore says we WON!

It also says that Nolasco wasn’t trying to impress me and wouldn’t have even if I had been able to watch… ouch.

BUT Colabello looks like he had another great RBI day. HE impresses me so far this season. I made him BOD!

Chris Colabello

GameChat – Twins @ Indians #2, 12:05pm, Fox Sports 1

My apologies folk – we’re a bit out of practice for the season yet and apparently I’m the only watching to see if there’s a game going. I was unfortunately out shopping too late to get the gamechat up on time.

At any rate, if you’re having trouble finding the game on your usual channels, that is because it’s apparently on whatever is Fox Sports One in your area. Good Luck figuring that out. If you don’t know (I certainly didn’t), go to: http://msn.foxsports.com/watch/foxsports1

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Dozier, 2B Morgan, CF
Mauer, 1B Swisher, 1B
Willingham, LF Kipnis, 2B
Colabello, DH Santana, C, DH
Plouffe, 3B Brantley, LF
Kubel, RF Cabrera, A, SS
Pinto, C Murphy, Dv, RF
Hicks, CF Gomes, Y, C
Florimon, SS Chisenhall, 3B
  Gibson, P   Carrasco, P

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TWINS WIN!

Yes miracles can happen! It’s amazing how well things go when the pitching is kick ass…

However, today’s BOD is granted to Ron Gardenhire to congratulate him on his 1000th career win!

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GameChat – Twins @ Indians, 2:05pm

I desperately need baseball to distract me from the 8 in of new snow outside my front door. yeesh..

Soo…. That’s quite the lineup we’re facing.. I think that is a feeling Twins fans should get used to. We’ll just have to see how Pelfrey looks facing them…

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Dozier, 2B Morgan, CF
Mauer, 1B Swisher, 1B
Willingham, LF Kipnis, 2B
Colabello, DH Santana, C, 3B
Plouffe, 3B Brantley, LF
Arcia, O, RF Cabrera, A, SS
Suzuki, K, C Murphy, Dv, RF
Hicks, CF Gomes, Y, C
Florimon, SS Chisenhall, DH
  Pelfrey, P   Salazar, P

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yep… that was a whole hell of a lot of “looks vaguely familiar”…

GameChat – Twins @ White Sox #3, 1:10pm

so… last chance to leave a mark on the White Sox so far..

For the record, it’s stupid cold out there again and here in MN, we’re supposed to get anywhere from 5 to 10 inches of snow tonight depending on where you live.. *SIGH*  Spring is stupid.

Glad I have some baseball to watch…

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Dozier, 2B Eaton, CF
Mauer, DH Semien, 3B
Willingham, LF Abreu, 1B
Colabello, 1B Dunn, A, DH
Plouffe, 3B Garcia, A, RF
Arcia, O, RF De Aza, LF
Pinto, C Ramirez, Al, SS
Hicks, CF Flowers, C
Escobar, E, SS Garcia, L, 2B
  Hughes, P, P   Quintana, P

 

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Ok THAT was one weird game of baseball – and not just because the Twins actually won…

You start with an odd set up for baseball when a player strikes out but gets to 1B on a wild pitch – but isn’t unheard of. The oddness escalates when that player then gains 2B on an error – believe it or not, obstruction during the worst played rundown I’ve seen in ages. So yeah, the player that struck out is now on 2B… that was what really set the table for the rest of the game to follow.

The lead changed hands a couple times and Twins fans rarely expect anything good when they lose the lead in the late innings of a game. But due to the offensive heroics of both Chris Colabello (6 RBI) and Oswaldo Arcia (winning RBI), even the most cynical among us were pretty excited about the result – ESPECIALLY Arcia.during his 8th inning triple.

For their shared offensive glory (and especially since it appears that Cola is Arcia’s interpreter of choice), they share today’s BOD honors! Yay for the first BOD of the season!

Chris Colabello

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GameChat – Twins @ White Sox #2, 1:10pm

Let’s see if we can’t do a little better today than we did in the opener.. unfortunately, I don’t know that I expect better pitching which could end up being the story of the season… (just like the last three..)

But it’s a new season right? We all get a fresh start – even Kevin Correia.

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Dozier, 2B Eaton, CF
Mauer, 1B Semien, 3B
Willingham, DH Abreu, 1B
Kubel, LF Dunn, A, DH
Plouffe, 3B Garcia, A, RF
Arcia, O, RF De Aza, LF
Suzuki, K, C Ramirez, Al, SS
Hicks, CF Flowers, C
Florimon, SS Garcia, L, 2B
  Correia, P   Paulino, P

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ok, what happened to that fresh start?

gotta say that game felt awfully familiar.. a lot like yesterday. Correia let some in in the first couple innings but settled in after that to a fairly solid and respectable outing. Nothing spectacular but nothing egregious – pretty much like last year. We had some pretty solid hitting from Suzuki and Plouffe – but some ridiculously bad fielding from Plouffe and some unforgivably bad “bunting” from Kurt kind of knocked those positive feelings for a loop too.

What WASN’T familiar was Perkins blowing a save – and blowing it of his own accord because yeah, those were NOT good pitches.

That left us with a tie and extra innings.. and then some wild pitching from Deduno that proved less “effective” than he would like gave the White Sox the chance they needed to take the win.

Yeah, that frustration also feels awfully familiar…

GameChat: OPENING DAY 2014!! Twins @ White Sox, 3:10pm

opening day 2014

Well for good or ill, the 2014 Twins season is finally here! Whatever your opinion of the off-season this year, and/or the Twins preparedness, it’s really good to have baseball again!

Given my extremely “busy” Spring Training, I am excited to actually have a little time off to watch some early baseball this year. Of course, maternity leave ends sooner than any mom wants regardless of baseball season so my ability to watch (or manage) day games certainly won’t last long enough but I’m grateful for it today! Baby Girl and I are all geared up and ready for BASEBALL!! (as my little bro noted, I even put on MAKEUP for you people so you should appreciate the effort ;) )

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How about you?

Let’s hope that Nolasco has something to throw at the Sox today – something good anyway. Like I say at the start of a lot of seasons (ok ALWAYS), this year is going go however our pitching goes. We can bring back Kubel and Bartlett and like it or not but I don’t think that is going to be the determining factor of whether we do better than last year (or even better than the last time those guys were on the roster)…

But it’s opening day of a new season and EVERY team starts with a clean slate! Let’s see what they have to offer!

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Dozier, 2B Eaton, CF
Suzuki, K, C Semien, 2B
Mauer, 1B Gillaspie, 3B
Willingham, LF Abreu, 1B
Colabello, DH Dunn, A, DH
Plouffe, 3B Garcia, A, RF
Arcia, O, RF De Aza, LF
Hicks, CF Ramirez, Al, SS
Florimon, SS Flowers, C
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Twins baseball is finally here!!  and boy does it feel familiar…

This is the 6th straight opening day that the Twins have fallen – and it hurts a little bit more that it comes at the hands of the White Sox, I have to admit. Once again, I was less than impressed with the outing from our starting pitcher. Nolasco just didn’t do much to claim the “ace” title and he might just have become De Aza’s favorite pitcher in the process. It’s only one game and I’m sure he’ll have better days to come but it wasn’t today.

There were some positives though. Suzuki looked great in his new uniform and drove in all three of the Twins runs. The rest of the lineup didn’t look horrible so I think if we can actually get the pitching on the right path, we could win some games!

See what I mean about sounding familiar?

GameChat – Twins @ Cardinals, 12:05pm, FSN

Wooohooo!! My first gamechat of the season! This is going to be a funny year for me since I have no clue how being responsible for the newest Twins fan on the blog will play with my schedule but I am going to enjoy any and every game I get the chance to participate in!

I finally got to watch yesterday’s game on replay and that was NOT what I wanted to see.. in fact, I ACTUALLY thought the replay was from last fall… very eerily familiar and not in a good way.

Let’s hope today goes better.. I won’t be able to be here for the WHOLE game as gotta take “kirbee” (which no, will not be her nickname but might work great as an internet handle ;) ) to get her first checkup. Of course, this means that while we are sitting in perennial doctors waiting room hell, I’ll have something to pop in and check! Hope that there are people out there who actually have the opportunity to join me during a day game. And like last year, it seems like the only games that are televised are the ones that most people can’t watch on TV because they’re weekday day games. *shrug* I won’t be in the office for a bit so lets hope that I can actually see a little more spring ball this year than I got to last year!

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Hicks, CF Carpenter, M, 3B
Bartlett, 3B Wong, 2B
Colabello, DH Holliday, DH
Arcia, O, RF Craig, RF
Ramirez, W, LF Molina, Y, C
Parmelee, 1B Peralta, Jh, SS
Pinto, C Adams, M, 1B
Escobar, E, 2B Bourjos, CF
Florimon, SS Piscotty, LF
  Gibson, P   Martinez, C, P