GameChat – MInnesota @ San Diego #2, 8:10 pm

Does this game start earlier tonight? It appears so.

Regardless, here are tonight’s lineups.

Minnesota San Diego
Dozier, 2B Cabrera, E, SS
Mauer, 1B Smith, S, LF
Plouffe, 3B Headley, 3B
Parmelee, RF Alonso, 1B
Suzuki, K, C Gyorko, 2B
Kubel, LF Venable, RF
Escobar, E, SS Maybin, CF
Hicks, CF Rivera, R, C
Hughes, P, P Ross, T, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 4 0
San Diego 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 1

Hey this winning thing is kind of fun, isn’t it? Sure, 80% of Twins fans don’t really find out about the win until the following day when it all takes place after normal people head to bed, but it’s still a W.

Only 4 hits for the Twins, so it’s tough to find a lot of offensive heroes, but Chris Parmelee’s RBI single in the 6th got the Twins on the board and Trevor Plouffe had half the team’s hits, including a HR for an insurance run in the 8th.

But BOD honors go to Phil Hughes, who contributed another excellent start. 7 innings.of shutout moundwork, 7 hits, no walks and 7 Ks. Nice.

And in honor of this achievement taking place in a National League park where Hughes had to borrow a helmet and bat three times, we have a picture I took proving he actually got some practice using the bat during spring training in March.

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GameChat – Minnesota @ San Diego, 9:10pm

ah… the ever so draining west coast road trip… Hope no one has to be anywhere in the morning this week… oh you do? Pretty sure those of us actually make it to the end of these games will be solely responsible for keeping Caribou in business.

Of course, this is also interleague play!! Wonder if we’ll actually get to see any of our pitchers bat…

Minnesota San Diego
Dozier, 2B Denorfia, RF
Mauer, 1B Cabrera, E, SS
Plouffe, 3B Smith, S, LF
Parmelee, RF Headley, 3B
Suzuki, K, C Venable, CF
Kubel, LF Gyorko, 2B
Escobar, E, SS Alonso, 1B
Hicks, CF Grandal, C
Correia, P Kennedy, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 5 7 0
San Diego 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 5 0

Lots of interesting performances for the Twins, including Kurt Suzuki’s inside the park home run that left the park.

But Jared Burton entered the game with 2 on and no outs and kept both runners exactly where they were when he took the mound. That was impressive. And he is our BOD.

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GameChat – Mariners @ Twins #2, 6:10pm

Ok, Seattle is getting some seriously lucky and beautiful baseball weather. I wish I could be at Target Field right now – or tomorrow. But I’m not even going to be able to see the game (choir concert) so I need you guys to cheer them for me.

Much like opposing batters, I never really know what to expect from a Deduno start.. let’s hope it’s moving all over every where – just always within Pinto’s grasp.

Seattle @ Minnesota
Jones, J, RF Dozier, 2B
Saunders, M, CF Mauer, 1B
Cano, 2B Plouffe, 3B
Hart, DH Suzuki, K, DH
Seager, 3B Pinto, C
Smoak, 1B Colabello, RF
Ackley, LF Nunez, LF
Zunino, C Hicks, CF
Miller, B, SS Escobar, E, SS
  Elias, P   Deduno, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Seattle 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 6 0
Minnesota 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 x 4 6 1

“I love winning man….I love winning it’s like…..better than losing.”

Nuke LaLoosh got that right, didn’t he?

It’s not like the Twins did a whole lot of stuff right in this game. Just 6 hits. Some iffy set-up relief pitching. But they WON and that puts them above .500 at the latest point in the season since 2010 (that’s the last time the Twins were actually, you know… good).

Sam Deduno did well. Threw a lot of pitches early, but that wasn’t 100% his fault and he made up for it with a very quick 5th inning.

But Brian Dozier won this thing with a 3-run HR in to the flower pots in right field in the 5th inning and for that, he gets his second straight BOD. In fact, I think I’ll use the same picture of Dozier that I used yesterday and I’ll keep using it as long as he keeps winning games with home runs (not that I’m superstitious or anything, but you don’t mess with a winning streak, right?) – JC

Brian Dozier

Brian Dozier

GameChat – Mariners @ Twins, 7:10

I have to be honest, I’m not sure I could name 5 guys on the Mariners’ roster this year without looking at their posted line up.

Fortunately, I have that line up right here.

Seattle @ Minnesota
Jones, J, CF Dozier, 2B
Saunders, M, RF Mauer, 1B
Cano, 2B Plouffe, 3B
Hart, DH Parmelee, RF
Smoak, 1B Suzuki, K, C
Seager, 3B Kubel, LF
Ackley, LF Pinto, DH
Zunino, C Hicks, CF
Miller, B, SS Escobar, E, SS
  Young, Cr, P   Gibson, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Seattle 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 4 9 1
Minnesota 0 0 2 1 1 1 0 0 x 5 12 0

I didn’t get to listen to a lot of the game, but it sure seemed like a good, solid team effort.

Kyle Gibson worked a very nice seven innings. Glen Perkins closed with a nicely un-dramatic ninth inning.

Six different hitters had doubles, two had home runs. One guy, Brian Dozier, had one of each so he gets our BOD award. – JC

Brian Dozier

Brian Dozier

GameChat – Red Sox @ Twins #3, 12:10pm

Ok, my apologies for the late post – somehow I’ve managed to get sick.. ain’t that fun?

But the Twins are doing pretty well in rubber matches this season so lets see if that translates to beating the BoSox today!

Boston @ Minnesota
Pedroia, 2B Dozier, 2B
Bogaerts, SS Mauer, DH
Ortiz, D, DH Plouffe, 3B
Napoli, 1B Colabello, 1B
Gomes, J, RF Kubel, LF
Carp, LF Suzuki, K, C
Ross, D, C Parmelee, RF
Middlebrooks, 3B Hicks, CF
Bradley Jr., CF Escobar, E, SS
  Buchholz, P   Hughes, P, P
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 9
Minnesota 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 12

Well now that was fun! Despite Perk going through a bit of a closer slump right now, we managed to get that rubber match win again! Frankly, this is the first time we have won a home series against the BoSox since Target Field’s first season … ouch. They’ve clearly had our number here for most of it. Glad that we were able to make it happen today. Phil Hughes’ experience against them might have had a LOT to do with that. I am pretty happy with his performance against them today – wish he could have gone longer but not if it meant he’d have given them crooked numbers in the box score.  Of course, they managed to get that tie anyway to give us an extra inning.

Looking at the box score, it’s clear to see that Kurt Suzuki continues to really shine in this lineup and I love how he seems to not only hit well, but to hit CLUTCH! He always shows up when absolutely necessary. And Hicks hardly needs additional recognition because the confidence booster he received from getting that walk-off winner and the support from his team mates does a lot for this young man. Let’s hope that he can pull it together and build on it to return to the big hitter we want to see him be. They are both our BOD’s today!

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GameChat – Red Sox @ Twins, 7:10pm

so Boston comes to town and all the warmth leaves the state… coincidence? correlation? causation?  You will have to be the judge.

especially since once again, I don’t get to watch any baseball and it will be all I can do to catch the score here and there while at choir rehearsal. :(

Boston @ Minnesota
Pedroia, 2B Dozier, 2B
Victorino, RF Mauer, 1B
Ortiz, D, DH Plouffe, 3B
Napoli, 1B Kubel, LF
Sizemore, G, LF Suzuki, K, C
Pierzynski, C Parmelee, RF
Bogaerts, SS Nunez, DH
Middlebrooks, 3B Escobar, E, SS
Bradley Jr., CF Santana, D, CF
  Peavy, P   Nolasco, P
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 1 0 0 1 0 1 3 0 0 6 11 0
Minnesota 0 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 8 13 0

Well I missed most of the game but got into the car to come home in time to hear Boston tie it up..  which sounded pretty frustrating if you ask me.

However, I got home and settled in just in time to see Parmelee end it in spectacular fashion so .. it seems like I basically got to see the best part of the game! (although knocking Jake Peavy out in the 6th inning isn’t too shabby). Anyway, it seems somewhat a given that Chris – newly returned to the 40 man roster not to mention to Target Field – is tonight’s BOD!

Chris Parmelee (photo: J Megenhardt/MLB.com)

Chris Parmelee (photo: J Megenhardt/MLB.com)

GameChat – Twins @ Tigers #3, 12:08

Happy Mothers’ Day to all you moms out there!

mothersdaybaseballSam Deduno takes the mound for today’s rubber contest against the Tigers. Joe Mauer reportedly showed up today saying his back felt pretty good, so he’s at least back in the lineup for the second consecutive day at DH.

I won’t be around for the game today. I’ll be spending the day with my mom and family having dinner at a casino :)

Let’s hope Deduno makes it a terrific Mothers Day for Twins fans.

Go Twins!

Minnesota @ Detroit
Dozier, 2B Kinsler, 2B
Mauer, DH Hunter, To, RF
Plouffe, 3B Cabrera, M, 1B
Colabello, 1B Martinez, V, DH
Pinto, C Kelly, D, 3B
Nunez, LF Jackson, A, CF
Parmelee, RF Avila, C
Hicks, CF Romine, A, SS
Escobar, E, SS Davis, R, LF
  Deduno, P   Ray, R, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 4 10 1
Detroit 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 7 1

I missed the entire game, so I have nothing but the box score to go on here, as far as naming a BOD.

Sam Deduno appears to have had a decent enough start. That’s great to see.

The two Eduardos, Nunez and Escobar, each had a couple of hits.

But I’m going to go with Josmil PInto as BOD for his two hits, two runs scored and a RBI.

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Josmil PInto (photo: JC/Knuckleballs)

GameChat – Twins @ Tigers, 6:08pm

*** RAIN DELAY OVER…

A weekend series in Detroit… this could either be a lot of fun or.. not so much.

In case you missed it, Sam Fuld is officially on the Concussion DL and Nunez has been brought up in his place – plus some other roster news:

All in all, it makes for a bit of the same ol’ same ol’ kind of feeling with the injury bug.

Minnesota @ Detroit
Dozier, 2B Kinsler, 2B
Suzuki, K, C Hunter, To, RF
Plouffe, 3B Cabrera, M, 1B
Colabello, 1B Martinez, V, DH
Kubel, LF Jackson, A, CF
Nunez, DH Castellanos, N, 3B
Parmelee, RF Avila, C
Hicks, CF Romine, A, SS
Santana, D, SS Davis, R, LF
  Hughes, P, P   Verlander, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 9 0
Detroit 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 10 0

I didn’t get to even listen to anything but the last two innings tonight, but I was pretty much shocked to see the Twins not only scored twice on Justin Verlander, but that Phil Hughes had kept the Tigers off the board for 7 innings. How cool is that combination?

Yes, Perk gave up a run in the 9th, but with the critical strike outs, we’ll let that pass this time.

Kurt Suzuki obviously had a big 2 out, 2 RBI single, but I don’t think there’s any doubt that Hughes is our BOD. – JC

Phil Hughes (photo: JC/Knuckleballs)

Phil Hughes (photo: JC/Knuckleballs)

GameChat – Minnesota @ Cleveland, 6:05pm

It’s stunningly gorgeous in Minnesota today.. too bad for the Minnesota fans that suffered through that cold last week and can’t be enjoying the weather THIS week. It looks quite a bit cooler in Ohio right now.

I’m hopeful that the boys can come off the last winning series and bring that feeling into the division opponent battle. We’re doing pretty well against the Indians (and in our division) so far but that it’s way too early to make any determinations on how the division stands. I think Kyle Gibson is going to be a big factor in that determination – let’s hope that he is able to keep things rolling forward tonight.

Minnesota @ Cleveland
Dozier, 2B Morgan, CF
Fuld, CF Swisher, 1B
Plouffe, 3B Brantley, LF
Colabello, 1B Santana, C, 3B
Kubel, LF Chisenhall, DH
Suzuki, K, C Cabrera, A, SS
Pinto, DH Gomes, Y, C
Herrmann, C, RF Murphy, Dv, RF
Florimon, SS Aviles, 2B
  Gibson, P   McAllister, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 8 0
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1

And the Twins celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a Win!

Sure, it took them a little longer than you’d like it to, but a win is a win.

Kyle Gibson was VERY impressive. I mean, two hits in seven innings? Pretty tough to beat. And his bullpen didn’t hurt him in support either.

But when Eduardo Escobar enters the game as a late-inning replacement and hits a home run in the 10th inning to give the team their only run of the game, that’s BOD-worthy! – JC

Eduardo Escobar (photo: JC/Knuckleballs)

Eduardo Escobar (photo: JC/Knuckleballs)

GameChat – Orioles @ Twins #3, 1:10pm

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Now that the requisite bit of geekdom is managed..

Let’s see what Phil Hughes can do to keep the Orioles on their toes and give the Twins offense a chance to come out on top in this rubber match!

Baltimore @ Minnesota
Markakis, RF Dozier, 2B
Machado, M, 3B Mauer, 1B
Cruz, N, LF Plouffe, DH
Jones, Ad, CF Colabello, RF
Wieters, C Kubel, LF
Hardy, SS Suzuki, K, C
Young, D, DH Fuld, CF
Pearce, 1B Escobar, E, 3B
Schoop, 2B Florimon, SS
  Gonzalez, M, P   Hughes, P, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 8 0
Minnesota 0 0 2 0 1 0 2 0 x 5 10 1

You’ll have to forgive me if I fail to pass on any incredibly important detail since I spent most of the game switching back and forth between baseball and hockey… Sue me.

However, I actually did watch the majority of the baseball game and I liked what I saw! (except for that “not quite catch” from you Herrmann) After all, the Twins won another game, took another series, and are almost back to .500 ball. That’s good enough for 2nd in the division. I’ll take it.

Hughes did a good job keeping a hard-hitting team from hitting much too far out. Cruz is and always will be a problem but even he was leashed for MOST (not all) of his AB’s. And the dig at Herrmann aside, he was out in Right Field because Colabello got moved to 1B after Mauer had to leave the game with lower back spasms. Dozier also continued to play really good baseball and showed why we keep him up in the top of the order by stealing two bases.

But pretty much hands down for me today was the effort made by Kurt Suzuki. He got 3 hits in 3 AB’s, 2 of them were 2B’s, a BB and drove in 3 RBI. Yeah, that’ll do Zuke, that’ll do! Here’s your BOD!

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