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2006-09-22T13:13:39.770-07:00Tavaris Jackson suffered some cartilage damage to his knee in practice on Thursday. He'll have surgery to repair it and Chili expects him to be out a month. Now the Vikes need to name someone the third string QB in case (god forbid) both B.J. and Brooks go down in the game.
Why haven't more people noticed that Morneau has driven in more runs (125) than any Twin in history whose name wasn't Killebrew? Why haven't more people noticed that, since June 8, Morneau has hit .374, and knocked in as many runs as Ryan Howard (87 -- tied for the most in baseball)?
That, to us, is what an MVP front-runner looks like. And there isn't an ounce of disrespect to the always-spectacular, always-mesmerizing Johan Santana when we tell you what he looks like: The Cy Young shoo-in that he is. Period.
"I haven't been that amped up all season," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "I was screaming at how hard Torii hit it, screaming at what a huge home run it was for us, and at the same time I was running around the dugout, screaming, 'Andy, Andy, get somebody up.' "
Pitching coach Rick Anderson's response was: "Who?"
Gardenhire was now in his office, waving his arms in imitation of himself, and said: "I told Andy, 'Somebody. Anybody. Crain. Yeah, get up Crain.' "
When I was walking to the clubhouse I noticed that two guys were fixing up the roof of the concourse. It appeared that a giant piece of concrete gave out and fell to the ground. I walked under the guys and they told me to hurry up and go by because they didn't trust this spot. I found myself wondering if this place was safe or not. As I got nearer to the clubhouse I had to ask direction in order to find the clubhouse door because it was very confusing. Eventually I found a small white fenced in cage that was the entrance to the clubhouse. Inside was the smallest clubhouse in the league...smaller than most minor league clubhouses. The lockers were straight out of the old days, about a foot and a half wide, 6 feet tall with no space in between teammates. With all the September call ups, the clubhouse staff ran out of lockers and had to pair up a couple guys in one locker. I also heard stories that on the other side in the home clubhouse they had to buy wooden stroll out lockers and place them in the center of the clubhouse for all the new guys that came up in September.
2006-09-21T08:27:16.006-07:00For a little over an hour last night the Twins were tied for first place with Detroit. It was the first time Detroit hadn't held first place alone since May 21.
2006-09-20T14:28:34.903-07:00City Pages talks about the Twins "weirdest season ever".
This team feels much better than either in 1987 or 1991. I was down there in spring training this March, and things weren't working out. But Gardy was juggling, and was trying to make the pieces fit. And Terry Ryan is sharp. Some of the players then weren't with this team, and those two could tell that. Every player is with this team now, and with each other. That's the biggest change that occurred. They're the best team in the major leagues. Not based on experience or big names, but as far as what they've done to pull themselves out of where they were.
They'll win enough games to take Detroit and they'll win the division. And then onto the Series. It isn't easy, but I think they've got the talent and the coaches. They work closely together, and that's what makes the talent meaningful. More than that, it takes stamina and spirit to win the World Series. And this team has both. They won't quit. The spirit is really something to hold on to.
A bar named Fuel that would be designed with a gas station motif. A full-service area would sell cocktails. But a self-serve area would allow people to pour themselves beer from a tap shaped like a gas pump. "I just got mad when I'd go up and just wanted a beer and had to wait for 10 people to get mixed drinks," he said.
The Twins are setting up their scouting of potential postseason opponents, which will begin late next week.
Former Twins manager Tom Kelly will dive into the Yankees, along with Larry Corrigan, a special assistant to Twins General Manager Terry Ryan.
2006-09-10T20:05:22.366-07:00The Twins are now just two games behind the Tigers for the AL Central and 1 1/2 games ahead of the White Sox after this weekend. Winning 3 out of 4 against the Tigers is pretty awesome. I was honestly expecting a 2-2 split. Barring a total collapse over the next month Johan sealed his Cy Young award.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said this week that he's holding "tryouts" to see who would occupy the third and probably final spot in the postseason rotation behind all-stars Johan Santana and Francisco Liriano, provided he stays healthy. Rookie Boof Bonser is the front-runner after another solid outing Saturday.
The Minnesota Twins are 81-59, the wildcard entrant if the playoffs started today. They are 22 games over .500.
Johan Santana has made 30 starts this year, and in those games, the Twins are 25-5. He's 17-5 himself, and Minnesota has won every game in which Santana got a no-decision; if he hasn't won, he's given them a chance to win.
Let's review. When Santana starts, the Twins are 20 games over .500. When anybody else starts, they are 56-54, basically a .500 team.
When Santana starts, the Twins are as unbeatable as the '27 Yankees. When anybody else starts, they are a non-playoff team.
The Twins are 3-1 when he has started against the White Sox, 3-1 when he has started against Detroit. His record in the second half of the season is 8-0; the Twins are 11-0 in his starts since the All-Star break. Francisco Liriano went down and since then, Santana has hoisted the rotation onto his shoulders. He's got four starts left, in all likelihood, and it's conceivable that the Twins will have a perfect record in the games he starts in the second half.
Without Santana pitching as well as he has, the Twins aren't even part of the playoff conversation.
If the Twins don't make the playoffs, I wouldn't vote for Santana; there are good candidates -- no slam-dunk candidates -- with other teams. Jermaine Dye with the White Sox, the Yankees' Derek Jeter, Travis Hafner and David Ortiz. Justin Morneau has had an incredible season, getting a huge hit in the Twins' high-pressure victory last night. You can make a good case for Joe Mauer.
2006-09-07T14:08:02.163-07:00Tonight - 7:10
2006-08-25T13:46:06.213-07:00Francisco Liriano backed up from 60 to 90 feet on Thursday, making 25 throws as he attempts to come back from shoulder and elbow problems this season. The Star Tribune reported that Liriano needs a few more days of pain-free throwing before trying off a mound.
"We all know the issue with the medicine he takes," Gardenhire said. "He's kind of had to play with that to get it even and that has probably helped him."
Eyre takes medication for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), which was diagnosed a couple of years ago. Eyre said he's recently increased the dosage he takes daily. His brother, Cubs lefthander Scott Eyre, takes the same medication.
2006-08-24T08:18:43.246-07:00Matt Garza got his first Major League win last night in Baltimore. Six innings, one unearned run, one walk and one strikeout. Garza lowered his ERA more than five runs to 6.59.
Gardenhire said Liriano, who hasn't pitched since Aug. 7 because of mild soreness in his elbow and weakness in his shoulder, would have to build up to throw around 80 pitches before being considered ready for the rotation. If there's any sort of setback, Liriano likely will be shut down for the season.
2006-08-23T14:20:46.406-07:00Liriano played catch tuesday before the game.
Liriano said he felt fine on Tuesday and plans on playing catch every day. The Twins are focused on getting Liriano's arm stretched out and feeling strong before he starts throwing bullpen sessions or pitching from a mound. Once the bullpen sessions begin, then the team will begin to think about how they can use him for the remainder of the season, Gardenhire said.
Ballpark Ideas of the Week – 1.) A giant, old scoreboard. The kind where someone has to manually change the numbers. 2.) A Skyway Café above/behind center field. People could eat and watch the game. 3.) An underground viewing area behind the backstop. Open during batting practice, then covered during the game.
2006-08-18T11:12:42.233-07:00Francisco Liriano said that his shoulder is starting to feel stronger. The pitcher is expected to have his medical examination on Sunday, and Liriano's next step in his rehab will be determined by the results of the exam.
2006-08-15T12:04:46.726-07:00JJ and I went to the Vikings game last night and it was a blast. Sitting behind the Vikings bench we were not only entertained by T-Jack's first plays as a Viking, but by all the people who have jobs in the NFL. I would like to officially throw my name in the ring for the job that has you sitting on a crate waiting for a phone to ring. I'm not completely sure what that guy's whole job description is, but I have the feeling he's not very good at it. During the game last night the phone from upstairs rang twice. The first time he missed it and the kids that hand out Gatorade had to answer it. The second time thankfully he was there because the coaches must have had some important notes for O'Sullivan.
2006-08-15T09:06:28.753-07:00Killebrew wants Morneau to join the 40 home run club.
(the session) will consist of light tosses from 60 feet, with a chance he'll back out to 90 feet. Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson said the session will last for just a few minutes as they check to see whether there's any pain in Liriano's elbow. Liriano is in the middle of a shoulder and elbow strengthening program in an effort to return to the lineup. He's out indefinitely, but the club quietly is hoping he will return at the end of the month.
"I'll be honest: It's kind of a unique situation," Twins catcher Mike Redmond said. "All the years I was in Florida, no one ever came up to the big leagues. We might bring up a pitcher here or there if someone got injured, or a position player to sit on the bench. They never played.
2006-08-14T14:29:29.036-07:00G.R. takes back all the mean things he said about Morneau early in the season.
In the entire history of baseball, a .320-40-140 season has taken place only 38 times, including just 10 times over the past 50 years. In other words, not only is he about to re-write the Twins record book, Morneau has a chance to place himself in some pretty rarefied air well beyond the team's power-starved history.Morneau is also on pace to hit 145 RBI's, which would be the most in Twins history.
Childress said Sunday that Jackson will play the final portion of the second quarter and all of the third as the Vikings open the preseason against Oakland at the Metrodome. Jackson will be the third of the Vikings' four quarterbacks to see action. J.T. O'Sullivan will handle the fourth quarter.
O'Sullivan was listed ahead of Jackson on the first depth chart issued by the Vikings, but this appears to be an indication that has changed.
2006-08-09T12:43:13.633-07:00It's official. Liriano was placed on the DL retroactive to August 8. Boof get's another shot. He'll be in Detroit tonight.
2006-08-08T12:37:36.840-07:00Matt Garza was recalled and will join the Twins in Detroit tonight. Mike Smith was sent down to make room. So much for Radke's back up tonight. Maybe if Neshek has to come in they'll let him pitch more than 2 innings.
2006-08-08T10:20:26.183-07:00This isn't what was supposed to happen. The Twins lose big again to the Tigers and now Francisco Liriano is out indefinately.
In a quiet postgame clubhouse, Liriano, 22, seemed on the verge of tears, and his voice crackled as he described the pain, pointing to the inside of the elbow this time, beneath the muscle and possibly in the joint.
Nathan was a perfect 9-for-9 in save opportunities in July, and allowed just one earned run in 12 games en route to amassing a 0.75 ERA for the month. The Twins closer struck out 19 batters over 12 innings as he helped the Twins to close out the month with a stellar 18-8 record.