GameChat – Indians @ Twins #2, 7:10 pm

The good news is that Oswaldo Arcia’s MRI apparently showed no damage and he’s back in the lineup for the Twins.

I know these games are pretty meaningless for Twins fans and for the Twins players, too, for that matter, but they are far from meaningless for the Tribe. They’re still in a three-team race for two wild card spots. Remember when the Twins brass said before the season that they wanted to be playing meaningful games in September? Well… OK… this isn’t what I had in mind, but I guess they’re meaningful games to someone.

A reminder that Saturday’s game has been moved to a noon start.

I think there’s a busload of fans from Cedar Rapids scheduled to make the trip up to Minneapolis for the Saturday game. I was thinking about signing up for it at one time, but I’m really glad I didn’t now. That’s going to be an EARLY morning departure tomorrow. Anyway, if you see a bunch of people in Kernels gear tomorrow, be nice to them, they will have had a long day already by the time that game starts.

I’m on my way out for food, drink and maybe even a movie. But here are the lineups for tonight’s game.

- JC

INDIANS

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TWINS
Brantley, LF Presley, CF
Swisher, 1B Dozier, 2B
Kipnis, 2B Doumit, RF
Santana, C, DH Arcia, DH
Raburn, RF Pinto, C
Cabrera, A, SS Plouffe, 3B
Gomes, Y, C Parmelee, 1B
Aviles, 3B Mastroianni, LF
Stubbs, CF Florimon, SS
_Kluber, P   _Hernandez, P, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 4 3 0 0 2 0 0 1 2 12 17 0
Minnesota 0 0 0 1 2 3 0 0 0 6 11 0

It sure seems like whenever the Twins get good pitching, the bats are quiet, and when the offense is in the mood to score runs, the pitching sucks. The latter apparently was the case Friday night.

GameChat – Indians @ Twins, 7:10pm

Don’t get me wrong, they’re still a division rival that I don’t feel particularly fond of but they have tweaked my soft spot (of questionable existence) by knocking the Yankees out of the playoffs this year.. Now that they have that accomplishment made, I’d like to say thank you very much.. now we’d like to win a game.

Cleveland

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Minnesota
Brantley, LF Presley, CF
Swisher, 1B Dozier, 2B
Kipnis, 2B Doumit, RF
Santana, C, DH Willingham, DH
Raburn, RF Pinto, C
Cabrera, A, SS Plouffe, 3B
Gomes, Y, C Colabello, 1B
Aviles, 3B Mastroianni, LF
Stubbs, CF Escobar, E, SS
  McAllister, P   Albers, A, P

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Cleveland

0

0

0

3

0

1

1

1

0

6

11

0

Minnesota

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

4

5

13

2

didn’t see a single minute of this game – it looks like I should be ok with it… but at least they tried a 9th inning comeback that didn’t quite work out.

GameChat – Tigers @ Twins #3, 7:10 pm

The big question is whether or not the Tigers will be celebrating their AL Central Division championship at Target Field tonight. Their magic number is 1, so either a win over the Twins or a Cleveland loss to the White Sox will do it.

Let’s see if our guys can prevent the Tigers from celebrating tonight or, at the very least, dampen the celebration a bit. As a bonus, a Twins win would actually mean a series win over Detroit.

TIGERS

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TWINS
Jackson, A, CF Presley, CF
Hunter, To, RF Dozier, 2B
Cabrera, M, 3B Plouffe, 3B
Fielder, 1B Doumit, DH
Martinez, V, DH Pinto, C
Dirks, LF Parmelee, 1B
Infante, 2B Herrmann, C, RF
Avila, C Mastroianni, LF
Santiago, R, SS Florimon, SS
_ Scherzer, P   _Correia, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 0
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0

The pitching finally got something figured out, at least enough to put together nine solid innings against a very good Detroit lineup.

Unfortunately, the Twins batters couldn’t hit water if they fell out of a boat and as a result, they got to watch the Tigers celebrate an AL Central championship after the end of the 1-0 game.

GameChat – Tigers @ Twins #2, 7:10pm

I’m not around – and between the Twins & the Vikings, I’m really looking forward to the MN Swarm lacrosse season..

Detroit

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Minnesota
Jackson, A, CF Presley, CF
Hunter, To, RF Dozier, 2B
Cabrera, M, 3B Plouffe, 3B
Fielder, 1B Willingham, DH
Martinez, V, DH Pinto, C
Infante, 2B Doumit, RF
Tuiasosopo, LF Parmelee, 1B
Avila, C Thomas, C, LF
Santiago, R, SS Escobar, E, SS
  Fister, P   Diamond, P

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Detroit

0

0

0

4

0

0

0

0

0

4

11

1

Minnesota

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

2

9

0

honestly, that could have been worse…

GameChat – Tigers @ Twins, 7:10 pm

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.

TIGERS

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TWINS
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
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Detroit 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 10 0
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 4 14 0

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.

Brian Dozier

Brian Dozier

GameChat – Twins @ Athletics #4, 3:05

The A’s magic number is 1, so a win over Minnesota today will allow the Twins to watch an opponent celebrate a season’s worth of hard work and success as that team clinches a berth in the postseason.

The Twins might want to get used to that. It’s quite likely the Tigers will celebrate the same thing at some point during their upcoming series with the Twins and even the Indians could conceivably clinch a wild card spot during their series with the Twins next weekend.

I hope someone on this team is at least thinking they might like to be able to do that some day, too, but I honestly have a hard time imagining anyone on the Twins’ current roster still being around the next time the Twins are playing postseason baseball. No, not even Joe.

Anyway, here are the lineups that will face off today. Note, Josmil Pinto is DHing today even though Josh Willingham told Gardy he was healthy enough to play. Gardy’s response was that Pinto is swinging the bat better. That had to smart.

TWINS

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ATHLETICS
Presley, CF Crisp, CF
Dozier, 2B Lowrie, SS
Plouffe, 3B Donaldson, 3B
Arcia, LF Moss, LF
Pinto, DH Cespedes, DH
Parmelee, 1B Reddick, RF
Mastroianni, RF Barton, 1B
Florimon, SS Vogt, C
Fryer, C Sogard, 2B
  _De Vries, P   _Gray, S, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 1 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 2 7 12 0
Oakland 0 6 1 1 1 1 1 0 x 11 11 1

Oswaldo Arcia, Alex Pressley and Brian Dozier had good games today. The good news is that those three guys may actually have a shot at being key contributors next year. The bad news is that, thanks to pitchers that may also be part of the team next year, seven runs was not enough to win.

Up next, the Twins get to lay down for the Detroit Tigers.

GameChat – Twins @ Athletics #3, 3:05 pm

I just got home from the Hawkeye thrashing of Western Michigan and I’ve got a family birthday thing to go to now, but I thought I would post the GameChat just in case there’s someone still paying attention to what the Twins are doing out in Oakland.

As for me, I’m pretty much out of things to say about the Twins at this point.

TWINS

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ATHLETICS
Presley, CF Crisp, CF
Dozier, 2B Donaldson, 3B
Plouffe, 3B Lowrie, SS
Arcia, RF Cespedes, DH
Doumit, DH Young, Ch, LF
Pinto, C Callaspo, 2B
Parmelee, RF Suzuki, K, C
Colabello, 1B Reddick, RF
Florimon, SS Barton, 1B
  _Hernandez, P, P   _Parker, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 6 2
Oakland 1 5 0 0 0 0 2 1 x 9 16 0

So the Twins ONLY lost 9-1 tonight. Sweet.

GameChat – Twins @ Athletics #2, 9:05 pm

Been a long day and I just got home but I ALMOST got here in time to get the lineups posted before game time!

TWINS

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ATHLETICS
Presley, CF Crisp, CF
Herrmann, C, C Donaldson, 3B
Dozier, 2B Lowrie, SS
Arcia, RF Cespedes, DH
Willingham, DH Norris, D, C
Parmelee, 1B Young, Ch, LF
Escobar, E, 3B Callaspo, 2B
Thomas, C, LF Reddick, RF
Florimon, SS Barton, 1B
  _Albers, A, P   _Colon, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 4
Oakland 0 3 0 1 5 2 0 0 x 11 11 0

11-0? Seriously? Just… wow.

Looks like Michael Tonkin threw a couple of nice innings at the end of the game, so I guess there’s that.

GameChat – Twins @ Athletics, 9:05 pm

Ah, west coast games.

I’ve got to get up a bit after 5 am Friday morning, so there’s no way I’m going to be awake when this one ends tonight. In fact, I’m not sure I’ll be around when it starts.

Word is that last night was the annual rookie hazing night, with 17 players having to dress in womens’ clothing. Unlike prior years, however, it seems photos were not encouraged. Part of me wants to thank whoever made that decision.

The Dodgers clinched the NL West today and celebrated by jumping in the pool at the D’Backs stadium, which apparently the Arizona folks didn’t care for.

I didn’t even know the D’Backs had a pool, but I’m not sure which I find sillier… the Dodgers jumping in it or the D’Backs being pissed off about it. Maybe the silliest thing is the media making a big deal about it.

Anyway, here are tonight’s Twins/A’s lineup:

TWINS

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ATHLETICS
Presley, CF Crisp, CF
Dozier, 2B Donaldson, 3B
Plouffe, 3B Lowrie, SS
Arcia, RF Moss, LF
Doumit, DH Reddick, RF
Willingham, LF Smith, S, DH
Pinto, C Vogt, C
Parmelee, 1B Barton, 1B
Florimon, SS Sogard, 2B
  _Correia, P   _Straily, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 1 0 0 2 1 2 0 6 10 0
Oakland 0 0 0 2 0 4 0 2 x 8 11 2

 

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

MIRACULOUSLY was released from jury duty selection (for today) in time to get over and put up a post for a game I can’t watch because I’m frantically trying to catch up on the office work that I have held away from…

Minnesota

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Chi White Sox
Presley, CF De Aza, CF
Dozier, 2B Ramirez, Al, SS
Plouffe, 3B Viciedo, LF
Arcia, LF Konerko, 1B
Doumit, DH Dunn, A, DH
Colabello, 1B Semien, 3B
Thomas, C, RF Danks, Jd, RF
Escobar, E, SS Phegley, C
Fryer, C Garcia, L, 2B
  Diamond, P   Danks, Jh, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 7 1
Chi White Sox 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 3 6 0

Hey, the Twins won!

I’m looking over the stats and game story and I can’t come up with anyone who makes a living swinging a bat who’s worthy of BOD consideration. Looks like the bullpen did a nice job, which is excellent to see.

But Scott Diamond somehow managed to give up just three runs on five hits in 6 1/3 innings, all without recording a single strikeout. Not exactly a dominating performance, but at this point it’s good enough for BOD. – JC

Scott Diamond

Scott Diamond