UPDATE: Pedro Florimon is a late scratch with wrist soreness, Bernier will start in his place.
I don’t know if you count it as an exciting game or a really boring games when two bad teams play extra innings, maybe both, but I was not around to see it all as I fell asleep some time around the 4th inning.
Failing to make a roster move to replace Scott Diamond, even if they just brought up an extra bat for a few days, cost the Twins last night as they were working with a thin bench and they ended up losing the DH.
Things should be a little more normal today, but the Twins will need a strong performance out of their starter to save the bullpen. But hey, Andrew Albers arrives today, so there’s that!
|Villar, SS||Dozier, 2B|
|Altuve, 2B||Mauer, C|
|Castro, Ja, C||Morneau, DH|
|Carter, DH||Doumit, RF|
|Wallace, 1B||Plouffe, 3B|
|Dominguez, 3B||Arcia, LF|
|Grossman, LF||Colabello, 1B|
|Barnes, B, CF||Thomas, C, CF|
|Hoes, RF||Bernier, SS|
|Bedard, P||Gibson, P|
Kyle Gibson had a great opportunity to rebound from a poor start in Seattle and he couldn’t keep it together, failing to pitch into the fourth inning. Luckily the Twins’ bullpen was back in full force again tonight after a marvelous performance a night ago. Six scoreless innings from the pen, topped by a great performance from Anthony Swarzak. For coming into the game and calming things down (3IP, 5K, 0H, 1BB), tonight’s BOD is Anthony Swarzak, with ice cream for the rest of the bullpen.
Congratulations to Joe Mauer and Glenn Perkins of course for being in the All-Star Game. It’s god awful hot in NY tonight (much like Minnesota) so who knows what we’ll get for baseball tonight.
Sadly, I won’t be able to watch but I’m putting up a chat for those of you who CAN and would like to compare.
Instead of our usual lineup box, I’m posting info that will have all the available reserve positions as well as notes for how the players GOT to this game. Hope you find it helpful! I also went through and bolded some players you should all take notice of – former Twins who are representing different teams now but still (or newly) at an All-Star level.
American League Starters
National League Starters
|C: Joe Mauer, Twins||C: Yadier Molina, Cardinals|
|1B: Chris Davis, Orioles||1B: Joey Votto, Reds|
|2B: Robinson Cano, Yankees||2B: Brandon Phillips, Reds|
|SS: J.J. Hardy, Orioles||SS: Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies|
|3B: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers||3B: David Wright, Mets|
|OF: Mike Trout, Angels||OF: Carlos Beltran, Cardinals|
|OF: Adam Jones, Orioles||OF: Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies|
|OF: Jose Bautista, Blue Jays||OF: Bryce Harper, Nationals|
|DH: David Ortiz, Red Sox|
|LHP: Madison Bumgarner, Giants|
|RHP: Grant Balfour %, A’s||LHP: Aroldis Chapman, Reds|
|RHP: Clay Buchholz *, Red Sox||LHP: Patrick Corbin, D-backs|
|LHP: Brett Cecil, Blue Jays||RHP: Jose Fernandez, Marlins|
|RHP: Bartolo Colon @, &, A’s||RHP: Jason Grilli, Pirates|
|RHP: Jesse Crain *, White Sox||RHP: Matt Harvey, Mets|
|RHP: Yu Darvish *, Rangers||LHP: Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers|
|RHP: Steve Delabar #,Blue Jays||RHP: Craig Kimbrel, Braves|
|RHP: Felix Hernandez, Mariners||LHP: Cliff Lee, Phillies|
|RHP: Greg Holland %, Royals||LHP: Jeff Locke *, Pirates|
|RHP: Hisashi Iwakuma &, Mariners||RHP: Mark Melancon @, Pirates|
|RHP: Justin Masterson, Indians||RHP: Edward Mujica %, Cardinals|
|RHP: Matt Moore @, Rays||RHP: Sergio Romo @, Giants|
|RHP: Joe Nathan, Rangers||RHP: Adam Wainwright &, Cardinals|
|LHP: Glen Perkins @, Twins||LHP: Travis Wood, Cubs|
|RHP: Mariano Rivera, Yankees||RHP: Jordan Zimmermann *, Nationals|
|LHP: Chris Sale, White Sox|
|RHP: Max Scherzer, Tigers||
|RHP: Chris Tillman %, Orioles||C: Buster Posey, Giants|
|RHP: Justin Verlander &, Tigers||C: Brian McCann @, Braves|
|1B: Paul Goldschmidt, D-backs|
|1B: Allen Craig, Cardinals|
|C: Jason Castro, Astros||1B: Freddie Freeman ##, Braves|
|C: Salvador Perez, Royals||2B: Matt Carpenter, Cardinals|
|1B: Prince Fielder, Tigers||2B: Marco Scutaro, Giants|
|2B: Jason Kipnis, Indians||SS: Everth Cabrera, Padres|
|2B: Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox||SS: Jean Segura, Brewers|
|2B: Ben Zobrist, Rays||3B: Pedro Alvarez, Pirates|
|SS: Jhonny Peralta: Tigers||OF: Domonic Brown, Phillies|
|3B: Manny Machado, Orioles||OF: Michael Cuddyer, Rockies|
|OF: Nelson Cruz, Rangers||OF: Carlos Gomez, Brewers|
|OF: Alex Gordon, Royals||OF: Andrew McCutchen, Pirates|
|OF: Torii Hunter, Tigers|
|DH: Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays|
* Chosen on Player Ballot, injured
@ Injury replacement
# Final Vote winner
## Final Vote winner, injured
& Chosen on Player Ballot, pitched Sunday
% Replacing Sunday pitcher
Let’s hope that I didn’t forget anyone! Enjoy all!
So the AL breaks the win streak the NL had going… it’s about time!
I think the story for tonight’s win was all about the pitching. AL pitchers just had some REALLY amazing NL hitters off-balance for most of the night. They were able to get a couple hits here & there but never put anything together.
2013 All-Star Game MVP is Mariano Rivera who came out and pitched the 8th inning with a fairly ceremonial entrance to an empty field with Enter Sandman playing behind him. To see both dugouts standing and applauding a true All-Star on the field was a special moment for players and fans alike. Congrats Mo.
I’m struggling to get reliable internet service today, so I’ll get the chat up and update rosters as the internet is available.
I got it, Eric! – JC
|Dozier, 2B||Jennings, D, CF|
|Mauer, C||Scott, DH|
|Doumit, DH||Zobrist, 2B|
|Morneau, 1B||Longoria, 3B|
|Plouffe, 3B||Loney, 1B|
|Arcia, LF||Joyce, RF|
|Parmelee, RF||Johnson, K, LF|
|Hicks, CF||Lobaton, C|
|Florimon, SS||Escobar, Y, SS|
|_Gibson, P||_Archer, P|
Crap. One bad inning of pitching and then, in the 9th, tying run at the plate with no outs and we get three straight Ks. I know Rodney was throwing 100 mph, but still. Disappointing. – JC
Eric and Cody talk with noted Twins blogger Andrew Walter from http://twinsfanfromafar.blogspot.com/ to get an update on Twins uber prospect Miguel Sano and teammate Eddie Rosario. Along the way they go Down on the Pond and talk about MiLB pitcher Pat Dean.
They have a lot of fun talking Twins news, beer, and general baseball weirdness. They’re kind of a big deal.
88 more minutes of pleasure.
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