GameChat – Royals @ Twins #2, 1:10pm

Since today is so much cooler, I’m glad that it’s an afternoon game. AND I am glad we’re coming off a win. However, I always get nervous the game after a big hit parade…

Let’s see if a little public shaming will work on Ricky… Mr. Nolasco, you were chosen to be our #1 Starter so far. Has it escaped your notice that our #5 guy – basically an MLB rookie – is KICKING YOUR ASS in pitching ability so far this season? Let’s work on that shall we?

Kansas City

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Minnesota
Aoki, RF Dozier, 2B
Infante, 2B Mauer, 1B
Hosmer, 1B Plouffe, 3B
Butler, B, DH Colabello, RF
Gordon, A, LF Kubel, LF
Perez, S, C Pinto, DH
Moustakas, 3B Suzuki, K, C
Cain, L, CF Hicks, CF
Escobar, A, SS Florimon, SS
  Shields, P   Nolasco, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kansas City 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 6 2
Minnesota 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 x 7 6 0

That’s two straight W’s for our guys!

Not a ton of hitting by either team, but the Twins made the most of what they got and took advantage of one bad inning of pitching and defense by the Royals.

It was a game that saw some Mauer Pauer as Joe launched a home run in to the right-center field seats.

But, in the end, whether or not it was Babs’ public shaming, Ricky Nolasco showed the stuff Twins fans hoped he would bring to Target Field, going eight strong innings for the win… and good for the BOD award, as well.

Ricky Nolasco (AP Photo)

Ricky Nolasco (AP Photo)

GameChat – Royals @ Twins, 7:10pm

The Twins first evening game of the year… kind of nice that it’s still 60 degrees out there this evening!

Let’s see if we can’t do better against the Royals than we did against the A’s – who are legitimately really good this year. Anyone know if the Royals have better pitching than we do?

Kansas City

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Minnesota
Aoki, RF Dozier, 2B
Infante, 2B Mauer, 1B
Hosmer, 1B Plouffe, 3B
Butler, B, DH Colabello, RF
Gordon, A, LF Kubel, LF
Perez, S, C Pinto, DH
Moustakas, 3B Suzuki, K, C
Cain, L, CF Hicks, CF
Escobar, A, SS Florimon, SS
  Chen, B, P   Gibson, P

 

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kansas City 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 1
Minnesota 2 0 0 5 0 0 2 1 x 10 11 0

Ten runs! again. That’s three times already this year that the Twins have racked up double digit runs. They managed to do that a total of six times all of last season. Kind of fun seeing all those runs on the board, isn’t it?

Kurt Suzuki and Chris Colabello both had two hits and Trevor Plouffe had three. Josmil Pinto went yard and Jason Kubel had a triple (?!).

It would be one of those games where choosing a BOD from among all those bats would be a tough call. But Kyle Gibson shrugged off a dicey first inning and pitched in to the seventh for his second win and longest outing of his career. That’s the kind of thing we’d like to see more of out of this starting staff and it’s enough to earn tonight’s BOD!

Kyle Gibson (photo: MiLB.com)

Kyle Gibson (photo: MiLB.com)

(We really need to get us a picture of Gibson in his Twins uniform soon.)

- JC

GameChat – A’s @ Twins #3, 12:10pm

Another sunny day in the 50′s – great spring baseball weather. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could see some great spring baseball? I’d go for that.

Let’s see what Pelfrey can do for us.

Oh, in honor of a visit from Little Nicky Punto, I thought I would share this link from Deadspin showing a fantastic play from SS Andrelton Simmons.

Oakland

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Minnesota
Fuld, CF Mastroianni, RF
Lowrie, SS Dozier, 2B
Donaldson, 3B Mauer, 1B
Moss, RF Colabello, DH
Cespedes, LF Kubel, LF
Callaspo, DH Plouffe, 3B
Norris, D, C Pinto, C
Barton, 1B Hicks, CF
Punto, 2B Escobar, E, SS
  Straily, P   Pelfrey, P

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Some people will say that the story of this series is that the A’s hitting just beats ours… That may be true but to be honest, we matched them HR for HR – they just got theirs with people on base and we didn’t, and many of their HR RBI were WALKS.

The REAL story of this series is that their starting pitching rocked and ours sucked. I would like to see that change (I’m sure that Gardy would also like that) but it’s pretty much been the ongoing Twins’ issue. You have to have good pitching to get wins.

Episode 78: The Phantom DL and Gardy’s 1000th Win

For the first time in a long time we have a full week of Twins baseball to talk about on the podcast. We talk about Ron Gardenhire‘s 1000th managerial win, a couple of disabled list moves that brought both Chris Herrmann and Darin Mastroianni back to the Twins, and pontificate on what early season attendance numbers mean for the club going forward. You can download the new Talk to Contact (@TalkToContact) episode via iTunes or by clicking here.

Don't drink my beer!

Don’t drink my beer!

We’re running a promotional giveaway. Make sure to listen to the end for the details and your chance to win a 1991 World Series box set (#TwinsNickname).

We are joined by Jeremy Nygaard (@jeremynygaard) of Twins Daily’s Hang out and Talk Twins video/podcast (@TwinsHangouts) to discuss the roster moves, the Twins payroll in 2014 and what it means for the future of the franchise and if bringing in Stephen Drew is still a valid discussion point.
You’ll also hear the weekly standby’s hitter/pitcher of the week, and around the league. We had to put the Down on the Pond segment on hold this week, but next week we’ll be taking a closer look at Twins AAA pitcher, Logan Darnell.

Enjoy the show.

You can follow Cody on Twitter (@NoDakTwinsFan) or read his writing at NoDakTwinsFan, you can find Paul on Twitter (@BaseballPirate) and read his writing at PuckettsPond.com, and you can find Mr. Jay Corn on Twitter (@Jay__Corn)!

If you enjoy our podcast, please take a couple extra minutes and rate and review us on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are like t.p. for our bung holes.

GameChat – A’s @ Twins #2, 12:10pm

STUNNINGLY beautiful day outside.. can’t wait for the continuing increase in temperatures.

There is quite a breeze though so it could be interesting to see how that effects play at Target Field. I’m pretty sure those who were able to take the time to be there won’t care about the wind though.. It’s just TIME for it to be spring in this state and every resident is going to use whatever opportunity to suck up the sunshine.

Oakland

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Minnesota
Fuld, CF Dozier, 2B
Lowrie, SS Mauer, 1B
Donaldson, 3B Plouffe, 3B
Moss, 1B Colabello, DH
Cespedes, LF Kubel, LF
Callaspo, DH Suzuki, K, C
Jaso, C Herrmann, C, RF
Reddick, RF Hicks, CF
Sogard, 2B Florimon, SS
  Chavez, J, P   Hughes, P, P

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Again, the silver lining today was that the weather was absolutely the perfect reason to enjoy extra innings…

Phil Hughes had a really rough start which handed a sizeable lead over to the A’s. The good news at that point was that Phil settled in well enough to give the Twins a chance to get back into the game. Both Kubel and Dozier put points on the board with the long ball. A 9th inning collapse in the A’s pitching meant that we had everything tied up…

yeah, until Norris put one in the seats for a three runs…  The Twins even loaded the bases and brought the go-ahead run to the plate – of course, with 2 outs. Yeah, got us all worked up for the typical reward.

But like I said, it was a beautiful day to watch baseball and for those who could be there, they got a couple extra innings on top of it!

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!

Oakland

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Minnesota
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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0

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! ;)

Minnesota

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Cleveland
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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Cleveland

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15

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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

Minnesota

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Cleveland
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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Cleveland

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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…

Minnesota

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Cleveland
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…

Minnesota

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Chi White Sox
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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