2013 MLB All-Star GameChat!

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

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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
Pitchers
Pitchers
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
Reserves
RHP: Chris Tillman %, Orioles C: Buster Posey, Giants
RHP: Justin Verlander &, Tigers C: Brian McCann @, Braves
1B: Paul Goldschmidt, D-backs
Reserves
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

NOTES
* 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!

 

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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.

GameChat Twins @ Rays 6:10pm

I’m struggling to get reliable internet service today, so I’ll get the chat up and update rosters as the internet is available.

Sorry gang.

I got it, Eric! – JC

TWINS

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RAYS
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
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Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 5 0
Tampa Bay 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 x 4 5 1

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

Talk to Contact Episode 42: Miguel Sano’s 1st Double-A Home Run

Episode 42 of the Twins baseball podcast,  Talk To Contact (@TalkToContact), is now available for download via iTunes or by clicking here.

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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.

 

You can follow Cody on Twitter (@NoDakTwinsFan) or read his writing at NoDakTwinsFan.  You can follow Paul on Twitter (@BaseballPirate) or read his writing at  Puckett’s Pond.  And of course, you can find me on Twitter (@ERolfPleiss) and read my writing here at Knuckleballs!

- ERolfPleiss

Off-Day Weather-Related Baseball Entertainment

So.. remember that fairly hilarious thunderstorm that the Twins and Rangers that flattened Willingham and sent Doumit running for shelter?

Well it turns out that the Yankees & Red Sox had a similar event yesterday and it was pretty much just as funny!! It seems thunder and outdoor stadiums are made for comedy.

 

Playing Ball Can Be Uplifting!

Ok, so that’s a little play on words that I couldn’t resist..  I saw this video on Facebook a couple days ago and I really liked the sentimentality of it all.

I thought you guys would enjoy a good moment as well.

Happy Memorial Day!

We’ll come back to baseball later today, of course, but I want to encourage all of our readers to take a moment’s pause today. For all those who have served in our nation’s military, we thank you.  For all those families who have sacrificed, we thank you.

But in the true recognition of Memorial Day and it’s history, we remember those who fell in the service of this country and we honor their memory. This is not Veterans Day -although I esteem them highly and am very glad to have them with us. This is Memorial Day – the time to remember those who never came home paying a cost none of us have ever paid.

There is no way to pay the debt owed for the privileges I enjoy.  I can only recognize the depth of loss.

We encourage all our readers to enjoy their Memorial Day in whatever manner they choose but to take a moment during the day to remember those we’ve lost. We use this quote a lot but considering Memorial Day was born out of the Civil War, it seems appropriate.

… The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion … 

Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address