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10/21/14 9:27 P

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We got the wild card series - I'm looking forward to some good baseball.

Shields did not get off to a good start tonight - but KC has come back before!

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10/7/14 1:40 P

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I wondered why we hadn't heard from you on this thread for a while. emoticon



I think its fun that Beltway, Missouri, and Wild Card series are all still on the table. I just wish all the division games were available on standard cable - I've barely seen any National League because they've been on MLB Network. :-(

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10/7/14 11:55 A

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Hi ladies! I somehow got unsubscribed from this board (found an old email nitification from back in May that I never clicked on!) and I just thought there was no baseball talk going on all summer. Sheesh! I missed so much!

It's been an interesting post-season so far....looking forward to seeing some of our middle-America teams make it further. I'll hopefully add to the conversation from here on out!

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10/6/14 2:29 P

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Wow! Wild Card World Series . . . wouldn't that be funny!

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10/6/14 1:19 P

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And Delmon really came through for the Orioles!

Kinda crazy that KC and Baltimore both swept their series - and it looks like the Giants might sweep theirs, too. This could become the year of the Wild Card World Series!



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10/3/14 1:17 P

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I forgot - Delmon Young is with the Orioles, too! emoticon

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10/2/14 11:31 P

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Definitely hoping the Royals do well - they're due! I love watching them on defense - great fielding club.

Cheering for the Orioles over the Tigers - didn't see the game tonight, but looks like Scherzer got knocked around a bit. Tigers have had their day - time for another team to take the spotlight.

In the NL - Nats are my favorite, though the Dodgers are entertaining, too.

Notice a theme here? Lots of former Twins!
Royals: Willingham
Orioles: Hardy
Nats: Span, Ramos
Dodgers: Butera

Of course, Pat Neskek is pitching for the Cardinals...

So basically, I'm going to be entertained no matter which way the wind blows. emoticon

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10/2/14 8:49 A

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Yes, I saw that! I'm so happy for him!

Who are you rooting for? I think I'm rooting for the Orioles, but who knows, I may change my mind.

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10/1/14 8:19 P

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Exciting game last night between Royals and As - long, though!

In the excitement of the pennant races, I missed the fact that Justin Morneau is the NL batting champ this year! Congrats, Mornie!

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9/30/14 4:26 P

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I was surprised - I thought they'd give him to the end of his contract next year. There are a lot of manager jobs out there, though - maybe Gardy will go to Texas and take over the Rangers.

Thoughts on who the new manager will be?

So, who's everyone cheering for tonight between Oakland and Kansas City? I'd love to see the Royals in the playoffs, but won't be too disappointed if the As prevail.

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9/29/14 10:10 P

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Sadness. I wish him well.

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Wow, the end of an era. Ron Gardenhire has been fired. Sounds like the entire coaching staff is gone unless the new manager wants them.

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9/28/14 7:31 P

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I think the Twins will be better next year, too. The offense is looking good now, and there were some bright spots in the rotation. If Nolasco returns to his previous level, Gibson continues to improve, and Hughes stays solid, Twins should be at worst a .500 club. I do hope to see the bullpen return to its 2013 form, when they were the Twins' bright spot.

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9/28/14 6:37 P

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I really enjoyed making Detroit work for it this last series. Plus, didn't we end up with a season split with them? Anyway, I'm looking forward to next season. I think we have a really good chance at being competitive next year.

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The end of another baseball regular season is here. Some good things, some bad (and let's face it, a few awful!) things for our Twins.

All we can do now is wish the Tigers and Royals the best of luck in the post season.

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Last night's game didn't start out too promising for either team - but the Twins came through! I have to admit, I'm actively cheering for the Royals, now.

Bad news about Perkins, though I guess his recent struggles make more sense if he's hurt.

I just read the Twins are changing their AA affiliate from New Britain to Chattanooga. Bummer for me - I usually got to see the future Twins once a season when they played in Trenton. emoticon Guess I'll have to trek further afield to go see the Red Wings.

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Just checked this afternoon's box score - looks like Bad Gibson showed up in Cleveland today. emoticon

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Oh, man, that was a really frustrating series! Except for Sunday's game, the Twins really hung in there til the bitter end. If not for a missed play here or there, or a strike called a strike, the Twins might have come out on top. Oh, well.

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9/7/14 9:52 P

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Well, the Angels pretty much wiped the floor with the Twins this weekend, huh?

Hate to say it, but the front office has to find a way to fix the pitching situation. The Twins scored enough runs to win this series, but the pitching failed.

On a positive note - Aaron Hicks is looking good! Think he's figured it out?

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No, I didn't! But I did know Hughes' record was good! emoticon


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Pulled one out last night - but I'd love to see the Twins win 3-1 for a change!

Did anyone else realize Phil Hughes is leading the AL in wins? OK, he's in a 4-way tie, but Scherzer, Porcello and Weaver aren't bad company. emoticon

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9/1/14 7:37 P

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Yes! Ok pitching and some timely hitting!

I had forgotten that the Orioles are in first place in the eastern division. No wonder they have been beating up on us.

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9/1/14 11:56 A

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This series in Baltimore has been rough. Two terrible pitching outings, and the good one wasted with no offense. emoticon Hope the Twins can pull one out today.

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I only caught bits and pieces of it too and then it ran late so I totally missed the end. I watched the replay this afternoon then and saw the exciting 10th inning. emoticon

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Yea, the Twins win one!
I missed most of the game - I was exhausted and went to bed at 9 p.m., though I kept the game on caught bits of it.
On to Baltimore - another division leading team. Go Twins!

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8/27/14 9:55 A

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So, the Detroit series continued to be a pitcher's duel... emoticon

Heart breaker last night. I have to admit I get nervous these days when Perkins comes into a close game - shades of Joe Nathan. Right now, I'm waiting for the September call ups and a glimpse of the Twins' future.

Speaking of the future - six Twins prospects are playing in the Arizona Fall League, including Byron Buxton. Hoping Buxton can gain back some of the ground he lost with the injuries this year - has to be tough to lose a whole season at that point of your career.

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8/23/14 7:48 P

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True, the Twins have been batting against the B-Squad so far this series. emoticon

Of course, Verlander hasn't been as good as usual this season, and he's had some shoulder issues recently. Maybe the offense can keep it up.



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Final of 12 runs for the Twins this afternoon! emoticon So at the very least, they have a split with Detroit. Yippee! Let's see what happens with Verlander and Sherzer.

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20 runs last night, 9 runs (so far) today! Guess the Twins are gearing up to be spoilers this season. Doing a good job so far against the Tigers!

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8/21/14 4:58 P

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You called it - Twins win!

I'm impressed - they beat Kluber!

Edited by: CARRENK at: 8/21/2014 (16:59)
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Agreed - it's one thing for the Twins to be clobbered by the Royals. It's another to be so outmatched by Cleveland, which is having its own struggles this season.

Hopefully the Twins can do something today - it looks like Hughes is pitching. I'll probably check out the highlights on line tonight, assuming there are any!

Edited by: CARRENK at: 8/21/2014 (10:16)
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They're really falling apart again. emoticon Today's game isn't televised so they'll probably win. We can only hope.

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8/20/14 12:50 P

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How many times do you think this has happened in the history of Major League Baseball? A team scores 5 runs before a single out is recorded against them - and they LOSE the game!

I love my Twins, but I'm getting tired of all the new ways to blow a game. I really hope they find some stability soon.


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Does anyone else feel like this is the 'same old story'? Starting pitcher does OK for a few innings, them implodes and digs too deep a hole for the offense to get out. Even with Arcia's home run.


emoticon

Let's hope Cleveland isn't quite as hot as KC.

Go Twins!

P.S. - Have you noticed? Justin Morneau is leading the NL batting race! And unlike most Rockies, his success can't be solely attributed to (blamed on?) Coors Field - he's batting over .300 on the road, too. Go Justin!


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Yeah, that was a scary video showing the collision. Hope he gets better soon. I know the Twins have high hopes for Buxton, but you can't count your chickens (or center fielders) before they're hatched. Here's hoping he doesn't encounter any more obstacles on his way up.

Yay, Cuddy!

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Well, that was ugly yesterday. Here's hoping Trevor May has a better outing tonight.

In happier news, Michael Cuddyer, just back from a long stint on the DL, hit for the cycle on Sunday - only the third time a player has hit for the cycle in each league. Congrats, Cuddy!

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More bad news from the farm - in his first AA game with the Rock Cats, Byron Buxton collided with another outfielder and sustained a concussion. According to reports, he was out for 10 minutes. Yikes!

Get well soon, Byron! emoticon

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Yeah, not often the Red Wings make national news. emoticon

The Twins really got beat up last night. I actually stopped watching in the 7th, so I missed the 'too little, too late' comeback attempt in the 9th.

Saw online that the same man got both of Chris Carter's home run balls - a man who was at his very first Astros game. The Astros have invited him to today's batting practice. emoticon

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Hahahaha, that's awesome!

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And from the Rochester Red Wings...
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I'll second that! Welcome back, Joe!

I have to admit, I was really surprised that the Dodgers picked up Correia - he doesn't seem like their type of pitcher. And some welcome to his new team - nationally televised game, in which he not only pitches well, he gets TWO hits.

I was pretty excited that the Twins got Milone - and in his first outing he looks like he's as advertised - decent command, not overpowering. I know that sounds familiar, but I think they actually mean it this time!

Go Twins!

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emoticon Joe Mauer! We missed you!

So both Correia and Willingham have gone to first place teams. I'm a little miffed that they get rewarded for their so-so play for us this year.

Good job by Milone and the rest of the pitching staff last night!

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Yes, yes yes!!! Way to go, Twins!
Hopefully they can carry some momentum into Houston.

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Heart breaker last night. Thought for sure Willingham would supply some heroics there in the 9th inning.

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Lol, it sure has been a rollercoaster ride this weekend in Chicago! Glad they managed to come out of it with 2 out of 3!

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Wow, where did that come from? emoticon
Just hope the Twins didn't use up all their offense - they'll need it at the end of the week against Oakland.

Go Twins! emoticon

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I heard the interview too, and it confirmed a lot of what I've heard about Milone.

I suspect (hope) the Twins will send Logan Darnell back down after tonight's game and bring Milone up.

So glad they got the extension with Suzuki worked out. I think a veteran catcher is important to a team with a struggling pitching staff. And hopefully he can do for Pinto here what he did for Ramos in Washington - be a mentor and teach him the finer points of catching at the MLB level.

According to the Twins' web site, Mauer is almost ready to start a rehab assignment. Thank goodness!

Ugly 7th inning last night. My feed dropped out on me just before KC came to bat, so I missed the onslaught. Got the game back to find the Twins had given up 4 runs. emoticon

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8/1/14 9:05 A

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During the interview between Dick, Roy and Kurt Suzuki during the game last night, it sounded like Milone was a pretty good pitcher but that the A's just had a lot of really good pitchers and there wasn't room for him. Kurt said that Milone "was a gamer" and that he was "one of his favorites". Sounds good to me! I hope we get to see him soon!

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7/31/14 12:13 P

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Steinbach is making a really good case for being promoted if Gardenhire ever leaves. emoticon

Just read that the Twins traded Sam Fuld to the As for pitcher Tommy Milone. Strange transaction: Oakland put Fuld on waivers earlier this year - that's how the Twins got him. Milone pitched pretty well for the As, but was demoted to AAA when Oakland got Samardzija and Hammel (and yes, I had to look up how to spell Samardzija!) Milone asked to be traded. Alas, the Twins are sending Milone to Rochester. I really hope they bring him up SOON - both for the sake of the Twins and of Milone.

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7/31/14 10:07 A

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Lol, yeah, I guess he just likes to get tossed. On the plus side, Steinie's racking up the wins!

The only news I've heard about Mauer is basically non-info. Who knows.

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7/30/14 5:09 P

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I did catch the very end of the Twins game, too. Perkins does seem to be doing his best Joe Nathan circa 2009 impression lately. I guess that's better than the Ron Davis impression, though! emoticon

Has anyone heard an ETA for Mauer's return? It's been almost a month now...

I see from the game notes that Gardenhire got tossed. Notice how he's not letting the new rules curb his discussions with the umpires? emoticon

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7/30/14 12:26 P

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Glad you had a good time, Carren! Yeah, nice game last night, even though Perkins made it interesting again! Lots of missed scoring opportunities again. We sure need Mauer back in the lineup.

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7/30/14 10:16 A

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Yea for the Twins win!

Unfortunately, the Rock Cats didn't fare as well. Berrios left the game in the 2nd inning - looked like some sort of injury, but his control was off all night. He gave up 3 runs in his 1.2 innings. New Britain only got two hits, both by Aaron Hicks (yup, that Aaron Hicks) - one a screamer down the right field line for a triple. Polanco hit a couple balls well but right at someone, but he also made several mistakes in the field.

All in all, not a lot of encouraging activity in New Britain - but hey, any day at the ballpark is a good day. emoticon



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7/29/14 11:56 A

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Well, that was a bad weekend for Twins baseball. Thank goodness they pulled out the win Sunday.

On to the Royals, though I'll be watching future Twins (we hope!) of the New Britain Rock Cats play the Trenton Thunder tonight. Jose Berrios, who was the starting pitcher for the Futures Game, is slated to start for the Rock Cats - I'm excited to see him. I should also get to see Aaron Hicks and Jorge Polanco.

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7/24/14 2:17 P

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It's fun to listen to other teams' broadcast teams (radio and television) once in a while - I find I appreciate Dick, Bert, Roy, Cory, Dan and all the rest a lot more afterwords.

I was watching the Mets on TV the other day - I had to turn the channel because the announcers were annoying me so much! Yankees broadcasters don't do much for me either. I like the content from the Yankees radio team, but the voices really put me on edge. (Voice snob alert! emoticon )

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7/24/14 9:36 A

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Watched the MLB showing of yesterday's game. OMG, the Cleveland broadcasters were booooooooring. They hardly talked in between pitches. We really have a gem of a broadcaster in Dick Bremer, I guess. Upbeat, knows his stuff (obviously does his homework) and his love of baseball really shines through.

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7/23/14 10:45 A

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That was ugly last night. The Twins have to find some pitching. I'm now officially on the Meyer/Mays bandwagon. emoticon

Yankees-Rangers turned out to be a much more exciting game last night: scoreless until the 13th inning, Rangers score on a solo homer at the top of the 13th, Yankees come back with a small ball run in the bottom of the inning to tie. Chase Headley drives in the winning run in the 14th in his Yankee debut. Good story.



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7/22/14 12:17 P

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Yes, it was definitely nice to see Willingham homer. Was really excited for Colabello, too - too bad it was just a little foul. (Really wish he'd waited for the call before running the bases.)

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Yeah, the Rays have just been beating up on the Twins lately. Lets hope the rest of the homestand goes better.

Nice to see the Hammer go deep last night FTW! I was almost asleep, but managed to get my eyes open to see the ball go into the stands.

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7/21/14 1:01 P

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It's starting to seem that the Rays are the Twins new nemesis, replacing the Yankees in the 'need a miracle to beat them' category.

Rays pitcher Archer looked about 14 years old, but he pitched well.

Let's hope the Twins can revive against Cleveland.

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7/16/14 12:52 P

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Well, the home run derby didn't work out too well for our boys Dozier and Morneau, but it was fun to see them.

It was very appropriate, I thought, that the Twins battery got to play the 9th inning of the All Star Game. Way to go Suzuki and Perkins! Unfortunately, Pat Neshek took the loss for the NL - would have loved to see him do well in front of the hometown crowd.

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