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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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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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

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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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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 @ 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…

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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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GameChat – Tigers @ Twins, 7:10 pm

The big news today, of course, is that the Twins have finally taken my advice and shut Joe Mauer down for the rest of the season. I honestly have no idea why this decision wasn’t made weeks ago. Had they done so, Joe could have been just taking his time and letting his brain heal in its own time, rather than with a daily “Mauer watch” in the media.

It’s obviously concerning that he’s still dealing with concussion symptoms and at some point we can have a discussion about whether he should continue to catch, but that can wait.

For now, just get better, Joe.

Tonight, the Twins take on the Tigers and Justin Verlander. Good luck with that, guys.

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Jackson, A, CF Presley, CF
Hunter, To, RF Herrmann, C, RF
Cabrera, M, 3B Dozier, 2B
Fielder, 1B Willingham, DH
Martinez, V, DH Pinto, C
Dirks, LF Parmelee, 1B
Infante, 2B Thomas, C, LF
Avila, C Escobar, E, 3B
Santiago, R, SS Florimon, SS
_ Verlander, P   _Pelfrey, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Detroit 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 10 0
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 4 14 0

Hey, get this: The Twins beat the Tigers and the almighty Justin Verlander!

OK, not really… since Verlander shut out the Twins for his six innings of work, but at the end of the day (almost literally, given how long the game took to play) the Twins won the game 4-3.

Mike Pelfrey only gave up 1 run. That’s pretty good. He might deserve BOD, but he earned $100,000 for hitting the 150 innings mark and that’s enough of a reward for his efforts, isn’t it?

Brian Dozier tied the game with a home run in the 9th and scored the winning run on Josmil Pinto’s RBI single in the 11th. So E and I voted unanimously for Doze.

Brian Dozier

Brian Dozier

GameChat – Twins @ White Sox #3, 1:10pm

MIRACULOUSLY was released from jury duty selection (for today) in time to get over and put up a post for a game I can’t watch because I’m frantically trying to catch up on the office work that I have held away from…

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Presley, CF De Aza, CF
Dozier, 2B Ramirez, Al, SS
Plouffe, 3B Viciedo, LF
Arcia, LF Konerko, 1B
Doumit, DH Dunn, A, DH
Colabello, 1B Semien, 3B
Thomas, C, RF Danks, Jd, RF
Escobar, E, SS Phegley, C
Fryer, C Garcia, L, 2B
  Diamond, P   Danks, Jh, P
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Minnesota 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 7 1
Chi White Sox 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 3 6 0

Hey, the Twins won!

I’m looking over the stats and game story and I can’t come up with anyone who makes a living swinging a bat who’s worthy of BOD consideration. Looks like the bullpen did a nice job, which is excellent to see.

But Scott Diamond somehow managed to give up just three runs on five hits in 6 1/3 innings, all without recording a single strikeout. Not exactly a dominating performance, but at this point it’s good enough for BOD. – JC

Scott Diamond

Scott Diamond

GameChat – Rays @ Twins, 1:10pm

well.. the good/bad news is that it’s not raining??

but I’m not going to be able to watch regardless.. home all the folk on the Grand Drunk Railroad tour are hanging in there today after hanging in there through the rain last night.. (that would sober up anyone I think)

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Jennings, D, CF Presley, CF
Zobrist, 2B Mastroianni, LF
Longoria, 3B Dozier, 2B
Myers, RF Doumit, RF
Young, D, DH Plouffe, 3B
Loney, 1B Willingham, DH
Escobar, Y, SS Pinto, C
Rodriguez, S, LF Parmelee, 1B
Molina, J, C Escobar, E, SS
  Price, P   Hernandez, P, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Tampa Bay 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 4 6 0
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 x 6 10 1

I confess, I gave up following this game about the time I walked away from the bar at Famous Dave’s after watching the Vikings end of the game failure. The last I saw, the Twins were down 3-0 and, according to the Twins beat reporters I follow on Twitter, the Twins hadn’t scored a run in something like two years, so I didn’t see much reason to pay attention any longer.

So, imagine my surprise when I hear they scored six late runs and beat the Rays 6-4!

Trevor Plouffe went 3 for 3 and scored a run in the 8th inning, but it would seem to me that Josmil Pinto’s 3-run home run in the 8th is pretty BOD-worthy. – JC

Pinto

 

GameChat – A’s @ Twins, 7:10

At least it’s a lot cooler today..

Now we have another California team in Minnesota to see what happens. I wouldn’t mind seeing another victory.

That being said, I don’t trust Liam all that far so I would love to seem earn a few points in public opinion tonight.

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Crisp, CF Presley, CF
Donaldson, 3B Pinto, C
Lowrie, DH Dozier, 2B
Moss, RF Arcia, RF
Cespedes, LF Doumit, DH
Callaspo, 2B Willingham, LF
Barton, 1B Plouffe, 3B
Vogt, C Parmelee, 1B
Sogard, SS Florimon, SS
  Parker, P   Hendriks, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 3 8 0
Minnesota 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 x 4 9 0

Maybe the Twins should petition MLB to move them to the AL West.

And maybe Josh Willingham should always bat sixth. Two home runs is definitely a BOD kind of night. – JC

Josh Willingham

Josh Willingham

GameChat – Angels @ Twins, 6:10pm

so… maybe you don’t remember this but when the Angels were here last, I was joking about how that one Twins commercial about the Angels fan getting his tongue stuck to the flag pole was kind of ironically true… in fact, weather conditions were so inclement that one game was postponed – to today.  Yeah, poor Angels aren’t going to know what hit them when they take the field at a miserably humid 90+ degrees…  they may not honestly believe they are in the same place..

Do I think that is going to help with our guys facing Weaver???  Practically speaking, no, but the Twins fan in me will always HOPE…

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Cowgill, LF Presley, CF
Aybar, SS Pinto, C
Trout, CF Dozier, 2B
Trumbo, 1B Arcia, LF
Hamilton, DH Doumit, DH
Iannetta, C Plouffe, 3B
Calhoun, RF Colabello, 1B
Green, G, 2B Parmelee, RF
Field, 3B Florimon, SS
  Weaver, P   Hernandez, P, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
LA Angels 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 3 12 1
Minnesota 0 0 1 0 2 0 2 1 x 6 11 0

For all the issues with Twins pitching, it’s worth noting that Mike Trout was struck out looking three times tonight, including for the last out of the game.

Trevor Plouffe drove in three runs. Not too shabby.

But Josmil Pinto had three doubles, scored twice and drove one run in. I think that’s BOD worthy. – JC

Pinto

GameChat – Twins @ Astros #2, 7:10pm

Vote for Pedro!  Pedro Hernandez takes the hill for the Twins tonight opposite Jarred Parker.  If three people show up and join us in the GameChat tonight there might be more people in the GameChat than people at Minute Maid Park.

Not a ton of Twins news to report today, but there was a brief journalist spat on Twitter regarding the story of Mark Hamburger signing with the Twins earlier this weekend.  So there’s that.

Go Twins!

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Presley, CF Grossman, DH
Mastroianni, LF Altuve, 2B
Dozier, 2B Crowe, LF
Willingham, DH Carter, 1B
Plouffe, 3B Wallace, 3B
Colabello, 1B Hoes, RF
Arcia, RF Barnes, B, CF
Pinto, C Villar, SS
Florimon, SS Clark, C, C
  Hernandez, P, P   Cosart, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Minnesota 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 9 16 1
Houston 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 6 10 1

 

That win took longer than it should have. It’s not often that Perk blows a 3 run lead in the 9th inning.

In the end, a win is a win, no matter how long it takes.

Trevor Plouffe had a home run and four hits. Josmil Pinto had four hits, too, including a key double in the 12th inning.

But I’m going to award the BOD to Darin Mastroianni, who’s double, also in the 12th inning, drove in two runs. – JC

Darin Mastroianni (Photo: CapitalBabs)

Darin Mastroianni (Photo: CapitalBabs)

GameChat – Twins @ Houston, 1:05pm

Sorry – game actually starts at 1:10..

So I’m back to the cooler climes of Minnesota…. and really glad about it. I still can’t believe I was actually in Arlington during part of the series and still wasn’t able to get over to a game but this was a whirlwind trip and just wasn’t able to get over there..

That being said, I did have friends (all these Minnesotans in Texas in August and September is goofy) at the Rangers series and one is doing the reverse trip that we did and is headed to the Houston game today.. I’ll gladly watch on TV from my 64 degree home. LOL However, it doesn’t appear that the Twins let the southern heat get to them in Arlington so I think they can take Houston on.

But while we are talking about Texas series, how on earth did we manage to take the series from the Rangers??  Looking at this lineup, I feel a little bit like I’m at Spring Training and having to go back to check the lineup card repeatedly because I don’t know the names..

Happy Labor Day every one!

Minnesota

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Presley, CF Grossman, LF
Mastroianni, RF Altuve, 2B
Dozier, 2B Castro, Ja, C
Willingham, DH Dominguez, 3B
Plouffe, 3B Carter, 1B
Herrmann, C, C Crowe, RF
Colabello, 1B Barnes, B, CF
Thomas, C, LF Hoes, DH
Florimon, SS Villar, SS
  Albers, A, P   Clemens, P

 

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Well that was certainly a come-from-behind win I didn’t expect…

Albers had a horrible start and they ended up bringing in Swarzak right away. The boys managed to start putting some runs on the board (three home runs even) and kept the game closer than you would have guessed at the start – and actually tied it up in the 8th. (we won’t talk about the defense really suffering today..)

I wasn’t sure what to expect at that point and figured a tie was going to end up being a long battle.. Turns out Colabello was having none of that. I’ll take a grand slam in the top of the 9th to break a tie any day! AND it earns him today’s BOD!

Chris Colabello