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Ghost of Twins Past Haunts the Twins' Future

Almost exactly six years ago, I sat several rows up from home plate as Scott Baker took a perfect game in to the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals. While he didn't complete his date with immortality, it was the closest I've ever come to seeing a Major League no-hitter in person.

On Wednesday night, I watched Baker continue to try to work his way back to the Big Leagues with the Chicago Cubs with a rehabilitation start for the Kane County Cougars against the future Twins suiting up for the Cedar Rapids Kernels.
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Scott Baker, Kane County Cougar

([COLOR=#0000cd]This article was originally posted at[/COLOR] [COLOR=#b22222]Knuckleballsblog.com[/COLOR])

I never saw Baker get above 86 mph on the scoreboard, so even giving him an extra tick or two due to the Cedar Rapids scoreboard's reputation for being slightly slower than the speed guns of the scouts who perch directly behind home plate most nights, the former Twins pitcher never hit any higher than 88 mph and he didn't mix in more than a couple of off-speed pitches each inning.

But on this night, that was good enough to handcuff the Kernels as only a fifth inning infield single by Adam Brett Walker kept Baker from completing five perfect innings. Jorge Polanco and Travis Harrison each reached the warning track off of Baker in their first plate appearances of the night, but that was the closest anyone came to doing any damage to the former Twins star.

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Jose Berrios

Jose Berrios, the 19-year-old that Twins fans hope will be one of the anchors of a future Twins rotation, fared far worse.

Berrios has been tabbed as the starting pitcher in the first game of the Kernels' postseason next Wednesday, but tonight he struggled with his control. Berrios walked three hitters and gave up five hits, including two home runs, as the Kernels fell 9-1 to Baker's Kane County Cougars.

[COLOR=#0000cd]SD Buhr covers the Cedar Rapids Kernels for [/COLOR][COLOR=#b22222]MetroSportsReport.com[/COLOR][COLOR=#0000cd]. His alter-ego, Jim Crikket, opines about the Twins and Kernels at [/COLOR][COLOR=#b22222]Knuckleballsblog.com[/COLOR][COLOR=#0000cd].[/COLOR]


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