GameChat – White Sox @ Twins #2, 7:10pm

Ok this week is CRAZY about deadlines for me – honestly, more than I can actually meet so something is going to have to give somewhere, I just don’t know when or where..

So while I’m working tonight and my brain is frying, I’m hoping that the Twins will at least give me a good distraction AND a good mood lift. Last night’s win didn’t hurt!

Seeing Mauer take on Chris Sale could make for good baseball theater! I just hope Correia is up to the task.. let’s go boys!

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De Aza, CF Dozier, 2B
Ramirez, Al, SS Mauer, C
Rios, RF Doumit, RF
Dunn, A, DH Willingham, DH
Konerko, 1B Morneau, 1B
Gillaspie, 3B Plouffe, 3B
Viciedo, LF Arcia, LF
Beckham, G, 2B Thomas, C, CF
Flowers, C Florimon, SS
  Sale, P   Correia, P

 

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It really is fun beating the White Sox, isn’t it? I mean… just watching the circus that their defense can turn in to at times is just enjoyable.

One thing about being the only person left in the Chat when the game ends is that it falls to me to choose the BOD. There were all sorts of guys up and down the line up that had good games. Brian Dozier with an early, critical home run. Justin Morneau breaking his HR slump. Josh Willingham, Ryan Doumit… the list goes on.

But Kevin Correia gave the Twins a very good outing on the mound, giving up just five hits in 6.2 innings and striking out 6 Sox without surrendering a single walk. That’s the kind of starting pitching that deserves to be rewarded and that’s what we’re going to do!

Kevin Correia (photo David Goldman/AP)

Kevin Correia (photo David Goldman/AP)

GameChat – White Sox @ Twins, 7:10

The Bitch Sox come to town for a three game series starting tonight and it gives the Twins an opportunity to start reversing the recent trend that’s seen the South Siders winning a heck of a lot more games at Target Field than they should be allowed to win. Oh and it’s also a chance to put a little distance between the Twins and the Sox, who are the only AL Central team the Twins can currently look down at in the standings.

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De Aza, CF Thomas, C, CF
Ramirez, Al, SS Mauer, 1B
Rios, RF Doumit, C
Dunn, A, 1B Willingham, LF
Konerko, DH Morneau, DH
Gillaspie, 3B Arcia, RF
Viciedo, LF Plouffe, 3B
Beckham, G, 2B Dozier, 2B
Flowers, C Florimon, SS
  _Axelrod, P   _Pelfrey, P
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Chi White Sox 0 2 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 5 11 1
Minnesota 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 x 7 13 1

So many potential heroes to choose from tonight. Joe Mauer with a first inning home run. Trevor Plouffe with a couple of ribbies. Mike Pelfrey with a Quality Start.

But when you come through in a tie game with a 2-RBI double with two out in the bottom of the eighth inning, that’s BOD material in my book. Ryan Doumit strikes again!

Ryan Doumit

Ryan Doumit

GameChat – Tigers @ Twins #2, 6:10

So it’s been raining just about the whole day here in Minnesota but the sun just came out at my house about half an hour ago.. I am thinking they may actually be able to get great game weather!

Let’s see if we can’t actually get a better GAME than we got last night though…

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Jackson, A, CF Thomas, C, CF
Dirks, LF Mauer, DH
Cabrera, M, 3B Doumit, C
Fielder, 1B Morneau, 1B
Martinez, V, DH Arcia, LF
Peralta, Jh, SS Plouffe, 3B
Kelly, D, RF Parmelee, RF
Infante, 2B Dozier, 2B
Avila, C Florimon, SS
  Sanchez, An, P   Deduno, P
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Detroit 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 8 0
Minnesota 0 0 0 2 0 3 1 0 x 6 14 1

That’s the kind of ballgame you watch and it brings back memories of the way the Twins used to play baseball on a regular basis. Seven excellent innings of work from Sam Deduno just demonstrated what can be accomplished when you get good starting pitching. Jared Burton struggled just a bit again, but Glen Perkins closed the door in the 9th inning.

Joe Mauer did his Joe Mauer thing collecting a two-out, two-RBI single in the sixth inning.

But Birthday Boy Trevor Plouffe is the clear choice for BOD tonight. 3 for 3, a double, a home run, 3 ribbies and a couple of runs scored in his first game back from the Disabled List. Welcome back, Trevor!

Trevor Plouffe

Trevor Plouffe

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

[My apologies for the late post folks - for some reason the first post attempt did not publish]

So I haven’t given up on Pelfrey – but then again, I still don’t trust him all that far either. Does that make me a bad fan? Regardless, I never know which version we’re going to get when the game starts so I always feel like I need to cross my fingers  and hope really hard.

This lineup doesn’t exactly give you the utmost confidence either but I’m an optimist so I always look to each game as its own animal with possibilities. Let’s see what the boys can do – and hopefully they have a long enough dry spell to do it in.

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Young, M, 3B Carroll, 3B
Revere, CF Mauer, C
Rollins, SS Doumit, RF
Howard, 1B Willingham, DH
Brown, D, LF Morneau, 1B
Young, D, DH Arcia, LF
Mayberry, RF Thomas, C, CF
Galvis, 2B Escobar, E, 2B
Lerud, C Florimon, SS
  Cloyd, P   Pelfrey, P

 

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Nice that we can get a come from behind win!! The first half of this game didn’t even look like this was possible but then it started warming up..

But it didn’t get hot until the end and Arcia and Thomas actually started making some SERIOUS moves.. Tonight was a career-high 4 hit night for Clete AND he hit the tying RBI and scored the Winning Run so he is tonight’s BOD!

Minnesota Twins' Clete Thomas is congratulated by third base coach Steve Liddle, left, as he runs toward home plate on a two-run home run  against Texas Rangers pitcher Neftali during the fifth inning of a baseball game on Sunday, April 15, 2012, in Minneapolis. The players were all wearing No. 42 jerseys in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (AP Photo/Genevieve Ross)

Minnesota Twins’ Clete Thomas is congratulated by third base coach Steve Liddle, left, as he runs toward home plate on a two-run home run against Texas Rangers pitcher Neftali during the fifth inning of a baseball game on Sunday, April 15, 2012, in Minneapolis. The players were all wearing No. 42 jerseys in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (AP Photo/Genevieve Ross)

GameChat – Phillies @ Twins, 7:10

After paying a visit to one former Twins center fielder in Washington over the weekend, the Twins play host to another one tonight as Ben Revere and the Phillies begin a series in Minnesota.

Aaron Hicks is now on the Disabled List and Oswaldo Arcia is back with the club and manning left field while Josh Willingham slides in as the DH. Clete Thomas is the best option Gardy could come up with to play center field in Hicks’ absence.

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Young, M, 3B Carroll, 3B
Revere, CF Mauer, C
Rollins, SS Doumit, RF
Howard, 1B Willingham, DH
Brown, D, LF Morneau, 1B
Young, D, DH Arcia, LF
Mayberry, RF Dozier, 2B
Galvis, 2B Thomas, C, CF
Quintero, C Florimon, SS
_  Hamels, P _  Walters, P, P
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Philadelphia 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 7 0
Minnesota 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 x 3 9 1

That was a pretty slick win. Maybe it just comes as such a total surprise to me when the Twins get a really impressive start from a member of their rotation. PJ Walters earned our kudos and some baked goods for 7.1 innings of work.

But after the Phillies tied the game up at 2 in the top of the eighth, Justin Morneau came through with a two out RBI single to put the Twins back up 3-2 in the bottom of the eighth and set up Glen Perkins for a save.

For that game winner, the Chat group elected Morneau our BOD for the game.

Justin Morneau

Justin Morneau

GameChat – Twins @ Nationals, 3:05pm

My apologies but I’m not going to be around during game time so if someone happens to come by that can give you our fancy lineup chart, then we’re all go and if not, at least you all have a place to gather and chat!

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It sure took these guys a long time to figure out their lineups and get them posted!

Ryan Doumit hitting 3rd for the Twins. That’s different.

Of course, we get to say hello to an old friend today in Denard Span.

I’ve got a wedding reception to go drink at this afternoon, so I won’t be around after the first couple of innings, but hopefully we’ll see some of the Twins’ historic inter-league success today. – JC

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Carroll, 3B Span, CF
Mauer, C Werth, RF
Doumit, RF Zimmerman, 3B
Willingham, LF LaRoche, 1B
Morneau, 1B Desmond, SS
Hicks, CF Rendon, 2B
Dozier, 2B Bernadina, LF
Florimon, SS Suzuki, K, C
Correia, P Gonzalez, Gi, P

 

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well hot damn!

A Win is great! A Win after 11 innings is a blessing!  This is going to be a long weekend of ball for the boys since they have a double header tomorrow to make up for last nights postponement.

At any rate, the boys actually fought hard and this time, whenever they gave up a run, they came back and got another one – this game was tied from most of the 4th inning on  - hard fought baseball.

It’s hard to decide on BOD today but the vote eventually went to Doumit for hitting the winning RBI. Congratulations Ryan.. again. :)

Ryan Doumit

Ryan Doumit

GameChat – Seattle @ Minnesota #2, 12:10pm

Sorry for the late start folks – my computer was not cooperating today so it took far longer than I thought to get this going.

Quick note about the lineup today: Morneau arrived to the park with flu-like symptoms so we get to see Colabello at 1B. I have to admit that while I am going to be listening to this game rather than watching for the most part, I will definitely have to take the opportunity to see how he does for at least a portion of the game.

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Chavez, En, RF Escobar, E, 3B
Bay, LF Mauer, DH
Seager, 3B Willingham, LF
Morales, K, 1B Doumit, C
Ibanez, DH Parmelee, RF
Franklin, 2B Colabello, 1B
Saunders, M, CF Dozier, 2B
Shoppach, C Hicks, CF
Ryan, SS Florimon, SS
  Harang, P   Correia, P

 

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So I spent the majority of the game cleaning out my car and listening on the radio – because yes, I can actually GET the Twins station in my car, just not in the house and yes, it did take well over 2 hours to clean out my car…

Fortunately, most of the game wasn’t worth paying my full attention to anyway so I could work away and not worry about missing anything.

But! I finished just before the 9th inning and came in to sit and watch the last inning on the TV.. HOLY CRAP AM I GLAD I DID!!!

Who knew that their closer would absolutely fall apart and WALK 3 consecutive batters (Florimon, Escobar and Mauer) and just set up the bases loaded for the heart of our hitting order. Florimon scored on a sac fly from Willingham who still practically scuffed the dirt with his shoes because he really really really wanted that sucker to go out of the park and it almost did but not quite. And then Doumit… runners at first and second and Doumit up hitting lefty against the right-hander who couldn’t keep balls where he wanted them.. Doing a little math for myself and realizing just a good liner ties up the game and a solid double wins it since Mauer isn’t the FASTEST guy on the team but he can move and score from 1st if necessary. And that is exactly how it played out.. Accordingly, Doumit was the team hero AND got himself shaving creamed during the post game interview.. he deserved it I’m sure and he deserves today’s BOD! Congrats!

Ryan Doumit

Ryan Doumit

GameChat – Brewers @ Twins #2, 7:10pm

Ok, we’re doing well against the Brewers and I would really like that to continue. Again, we’re playing a bit of poker game against the Rain and the atmosphere is the house. It could get dicey tonight but since this is our last meetup with Milwaukee, they’ll do whatever they can to get the game played.

Roster note, Plouffe is BACK on the DL. This time it’s for the calf, it’s not retroactive to his previous injury because it’s a new issue and Colabello is coming back up (btw, I have no clue if I’m spelling that right. I’ll have to look it up.)

Let’s hope that we can go deep with the starting pitching again tonight – both hoping that PJ can pitch a good amount of innings AND that we take Kyle Lohse YARD!

I wonder who will show tonight…. Kyle or Lyle?? Welcome back to MN Mr. Lohse.

Milwaukee

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Gomez, C, CF Carroll, 3B
Segura, SS Dozier, 2B
Braun, LF Mauer, DH
Ramirez, Ar, DH Willingham, LF
Lucroy, C Morneau, 1B
Betancourt, Y, 1B Doumit, C
Schafer, L, RF Parmelee, RF
Weeks, R, 2B Hicks, CF
Bianchi, 3B Florimon, SS
  Lohse, P   Walters, P, P

 

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two brooms for a two sweep series!

two brooms for a two sweep series!

Wow… just.. wow. Technically this is actually a sweep of two separate series of the same team but since it’s only 4 games, I think we’ve all been thinking of it as a single series. Am I right?

Tonight was the perfect capstone. I have to tell you, the BOD discussion was getting mighty creative as we attempted to dissect the performances of the various players that just ROCKED tonight.. and it was a close battle! There were 4 Homeruns! 4 players went 2/4 and 3 of those four had 2 RBI…  It came down to fielding and base-running between those guys that edged it out for one.

And congratulations to PJ Walters for a great outing and to Jared Burton for keeping us from getting ulcers. It was definitely good to have all that run cushion though because the Brewers didn’t give up. Special thanks to Lyle Kohse for that great start.. *snort*

root beer floatBecause it feels really good to finally have a win streak going and to have it be such an impressive use of the bat tonight, we are gifting the entire team with yet another beer bash variation – they ALL get rootbeer floats! (some of those kids are awfully young yet). Not to mention that it’s still plenty warm and humid in Minnesota – it’s about time – so they can cool off and enjoy some relaxation as a team. Good job boys – let’s do it some more ok? Remember how good this feels when we face Seattle tomorrow?

But in all that discussion of BOD, one did win out on the votes by sheer dedication and consistent effort both in the field AND with the bat. Tonight, it’s all Parmesan!

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

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

GameChat – Brewers @ Twins, 7:10pm

and the Beer Bash continues… we hope. There’s a threat of some pretty severe storms moving in so let’s hope we can get the baseball in. The boys already had to give up batting practice due to earlier rain today so let’s hope that works out as well as it did the last time rain cancelled BP – they hit the stuffing out of the ball!

In further roster shake-up, Colabello has already gone back down to Rochester as Plouffe came off the 7-day DL today. We have a new lead-off hitter to try out tonight as they put Escobar in the 1-hole. We also have Herrmann making his first appearance this season catching so that Mauer can get a little break by DHing. And just for the record, I would love to see Deduno improve over his last outing. I think we won’t get a lot of leeway and it’s imperative that he go as deep into the game as the game can go given the extra innings last night – although if rain interferes, there is little we can do to manage that other than hope someone in the bullpen has something left…

Milwaukee

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Aoki, RF Escobar, E, 3B
Segura, SS Dozier, 2B
Braun, LF Mauer, DH
Ramirez, Ar, DH Willingham, LF
Gomez, C, CF Doumit, RF
Lucroy, C Parmelee, 1B
Betancourt, Y, 1B Herrmann, C, C
Weeks, R, 2B Hicks, CF
Bianchi, 3B Florimon, SS
  Estrada, P   Deduno, P

[edit] already had to post a new lineup – VERY late substitution has taken Plouffe out the game and not for the reason you’re thinking. He’s apparently dealing with tightness in his calf which kind of sucks since we already sent Colabello back down and we’re going to be light on the bench tonight…

 

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Hot DAMN!!! And the timing was perfect because I’m listening to thunder as I type this!

beer-cakesNow THAT was some great baseball!! SO many great things happened tonight and so many people did some awesome stuff that I decided we had to combine the beer prize with our traditional baked-goods prizes and start passing out Beer Cakes to the sundry excellent performers!

Everyone except Florimon got a hit tonight, Doumit had 2 RBI and Hicks had a beautiful Homerun that sailed just out of reach of the chasing GoGo. And there was some spectacular defensive plays out there tonight and you know I’m a sucker for the glove work. Aaron Hicks and Chris Parmelee both made RIDICULOUS catches that I can guarantee will make the high light reels and Dozier had some SOLID work in the middle infield including a VERY timely and necessary double play. They ALL get to pick a Beer Cake and enjoy.

But more than anything it was great to watch a WIN and our heartiest congratulations to Samuel Deduno for his first W this season! Yeah, he hit 3 batters.. (oops) but that just solidifies his title of “effectively wild”. And more importantly, going into the 8th inning after last night’s 5+ hour affair is EXACTLY what this team needed tonight. It was a BRILLIANT outing that earned him tonight’s BOD! Good job!

Sam Deduno (Photo: Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Sam Deduno (Photo: Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

GameChat – Twins @ Brewers #2, 7:10pm

It really does feel like we play a LOT more inter-league play with this schedule but I think it’s just one of those thing that is more because of timing than actual game count.. maybe. I lose track.

So Mauer is back in the 3-hole – IMHO, FINALLY! – and it seems to be one of those things that has the twitter fandom in an uproar. I guess that everyone has their opinion but your best hitter on the team REALLY shouldn’t be your 2-hole guy. I know there is a lot of disagreement on that point.. y’all are just wrong. ;)

Let’s hope Scotty can put the Brewers away tonight and go deep into the game. I would like to start having a reason to send that 13th pitcher back down…

Minnesota

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Carroll, 3B Aoki, RF
Dozier, 2B Segura, SS
Mauer, C Braun, LF
Willingham, LF Ramirez, Ar, 3B
Morneau, 1B Gomez, C, CF
Doumit, RF Lucroy, C
Hicks, CF Weeks, R, 2B
Florimon, SS Betancourt, Y, 1B
Diamond, P Fiers, P

 

 

 

 

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yeah, I don’t know about you but I didn’t make it until the end…

I gave up when Perkins lost the save. I had this horrible feeling it was going to take awhile to fix. It did.. Thank GOD for Aaron Hicks finally getting something out there. Since there was only one person left in the chat by that point – she gets the sole BOD vote and she said Hicks. I can’t even argue that point! So there it is, congrats Mr. Hicks!

AaronHicks