Monday, August 27, 2007
Hey, ya'll, and good morning to you! Welcome back to the work week!
I had every intention of being home between 5:30 and 6:00 last night, however, I'm not the smartest person you will ever meet. What should have been a 3 1/2 hour drive home took over six hours because someone (ok, me) forgot a couple of things. I came to that realization about an hour and 45 minutes into the trip. So, I had to turn around and well, you can about imagine how I felt about that. Ha! Anyway, I just don't have it in me to do terribly much right now. But I will be back tomorrow with a full day. Just a couple of quick things:
Those of you in North Dakota, maybe northern South Dakota, parts of western Nebraska, and southern Manitoba... anyone who can get a.m. 710 Bismarck-Mandan on your radio dial will want to check that out. That is an ESPN Radio affiliate. I will be on the air with the great Jack Michaels sometime (probably) in the 9:00 a.m. hour. I know that Chris Coste will also be a guest on the show (which airs from 9-12 weekdays) today as well.
Speaking of Chris Coste, he continued to be a great story because he continues to hit well whenever he is on the field. Yesterday, he connected for his fourth homer of the year. He is hitting .333 on the year as he splits time with starter Carlos Ruiz. Rod Barajas was put on the Disabled List awhile ago with some sort of "Injury." \
The Twins swept the Orioles in a four game series for the first time ever. That is pretty cool! Remember when the Orioles spent all their Free Agency money on their bullpen the past offseason? How is that going for them? By the way, how nice is it to see Jason Bartlett playing so well?
Hopefully Joe Mauer is able to get back in the lineup soon, but with a hamstring, it is just hard to know. Remember, Bartlett was out for a week. Hopefully the extent of Mauer's injury isn't too bad.
Kevin Slowey won his 10th game for Rochester on Sunday. Had Scott Baker's wife not had her baby until Saturday, it was quite possible that Slowey would have pitched for the Twins on Sunday. Baker's wife, Leann, had the couples second child on Friday, so Baker was able to make the start. Congratulations to the Bakers!
This Cleveland series is still important as the Twins have played just well enough that the struggling Indians and Tigers have come down to them. Because of this, this series is so important. The three pitching matchups pit pitchers of similar style against each other. Tonight, it is Carlos Silva and Paul Byrd. On Tuesday, it will be Boof Bonser against Jake Westbrook. And finally, the pitching matchup that people are and should be talking about is Wednesday's Johan Santana/CC Sabathia matchup!
I don't know what to make of this whole he said, she said situation regarding the whole Torii Hunter contract situation. If the Twins offered Hunter a four year, $56 million deal, that tells me that they want to work this out. Who is right? LaVelle? The Fox people? Torii and his agent? The Twins? Something must be going on.
Check out Pat Neshek's thoughts on the Twins/O's game on Saturday night. OK, not so much about the game itself, but some really cool stuff for him from the game! Then scroll down and read his thoughts on blogs and the media. Very well written.
Be sure to check the end results and the vote from ESPN's Face of the Franchise series. I think that the final Twins vote is a little surprising, but maybe it shouldn't be...
Finally, check out Roger's Weekly Minor League Report. It's a little shorter, but that is understandable since he typed it up from his hotel room in Baltimore where he went to see the Twins/Orioles games on Saturday and Sunday.
That is it for today. Have a great week! Any further thoughts? Let me know!|
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