Minnesota 11, Texas 4

May 21, 2008

As awful as the Twins looked last week, the squad is still a game above .500 and just 1.5 games back of the first-place White Sox. I wonder how long they can keep this up?

The more interesting question at this point is who will head to Rochester when Scott Baker’s groin finally settles down (that’s what she said). Glen Perkins certainly made a case for himself on Tuesday to stick around, keeping the Rangers completely off balance for six innings before tiring in the seventh. Boof Bonser pitched well in his last outing and has a bit more of a major league pedigree, which leads me to believe Kevin Slowey will be sent down — assuming Perkins doesn’t regress in his next start.

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Nice choke job by the Tigers on Sunday, but much credit to Grace’s favorite pitcher Boof Bonser for turning things around and the Twins’ offense for not throwing in the towel. Who thought the Twins would be in first place as late as Cinco de Mayo???

 

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I get to put in a few nights hard labor at the Star Tribune, but will be back at the dome on Friday for the start of the Red Sox series. By then, one of my two fantasy baseball teams should be pretty close to mathematically eliminated, so maybe I’ll complain more about that, too.

Minnesota 3, Chicago 1

April 30, 2008

After a nice hiatus from the Metrodome that left me with not one, but TWO nights off last week, I was back in the saddle covering the Twins last night. Here is the link from the National Post.

 

In other stuff, Michael Cuddyer said that the tornadoes that ripped through Virginia missed his house by 25 or 30 miles. He did say that his father’s wife (not his mother I’m guessing) is a nurse at a hospital that was hit – not sure the name, I didn’t read about it or ask him – but she was in the opposite wing of the side that was damaged. Otherwise, no other family or friends were in the line of fire.

 

Going back to last week, I happened to be in the Twins clubhouse when their latest TV commercial was unveiled – a 30-second spot that has all of Minnesota’s pitchers singing their own lyrics to the tune of Ode to Joy, directed by pitching coach Rick Anderson. Manager Ron Gardenhire was later asked about the singing skills of his squad, and somewhere along the line ended up dropping a Milli Vanilli reference on the assembled media. I happened to be walking up the stairs towards the clubhouse at the same time as him a few minutes later and commended his Milli Vanilli drop. He went on to discuss how it was too bad they were lip synching because it was a catchy tune. So there you have it – Gardy enjoys himself a little Milli Vanilli on occasion. Can’t say I blame him. I blame the rain.