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On this date... May 15

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The Twins lost again last night to fall to 10-25 on the season. A Ryan Doumit 8th inning home run got Twins fans quite interested, but Matt Capps gave back the run in the top of the ninth. Enough about that, huh?

Today, Justin Morneau turns 31 years old. New shortstop Brian Dozier celebrates his 25th birthday. And my little girl, Jozie, is more than a little bit excited to be turning a big six years old. In other words, she's been keeping me busy with her excitement the last couple of days (err... months!) anticipating today, May 15th.

With so little positive to talk about with the current Minnesota Twins team, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at some Twins history on May 15.

1978 - The Twins and Orioles matched up and it wasn't exactly a pitcher's dual when Dennis Martinez opposed the Twins' Roger Erickson. In this May 15 game, the two teams set the record for most walks in a game with 22. Martinez walked four Twins batters in 4.1 innings. Nelson Briles walked three in 3.2 innings. John Flinn walked three in 1.1 innings. Erickson, the Twins starter, impressively only gave up four runs in his 5.1 innings during which he gave up seven hits and eight walks (without a strikeout). St. Cloud State's Greg Thayer came in and walked three over the next three innings (he also hit two batters). Mike Marshall came in and he walked just one batter in 1.2 innings. The only pitcher in the game who did not walk a batter was Orioles' lefty Tippy Martinez, who got the one batter he faced out. The Twins managed to win this game, 9-6, in ten innings when Willie Norwood knocked a three-run, walk-off homer to score Rich Chiles and Rob Wilfong.

1981 - On the day Justin Morneau was born, the Twins lost 9-4 to the Orioles. ronizlally, the O's starter was Dennis Martinez in this game too. FOr the Twins, it was the great Pete Redfern on the mound. He gave up five runs on 11 hits and two walks in 4.1 innings. Jack O'Connor came in and gave up two runs on six hits and three walks in three innings. John Verhoeven gave up two unearned runs on two hits and a walk in 1.2 innings. Gary Ward led the Twins on this day. He was 2-3 with a walk, his third home run, two RBI and a stolen base. Mickey Hatcher was batting third. He hit his eighth and ninth doubles of the season in this game. For the Orioles, there was plenty of offense. Al Bumbry went 2-3 with three walks. Ken Singleton was 3-4 with a walk, his eighth home run and four RBI. Eddie Murray went 3-6 with his third double. Former Twins hitting coach Terry Crowley hit his fourth double of that season. Long-time Ft. Myers Miracle hitting coach Jim "Slice" Dwyer was 1-2. Oh, and Bobby Bonner went 4-5. Those were four of the 21 big league hits he accumulated over parts of four seasons. Just 6,268 fans came out to Met Stadium to watch this game.

1987 - Brian Dozier was born on this day, and the Twins got a very exciting win over the Boston Red Sox! When we think back to the '87 Twins World Series team, we certainly don't think about Juan Berenguer as a starter. However, he started this game and gave up just one run on three hits and a walk in eight innings. The lone run came on a solo home run off the bat of Wade Boggs. Bruce Hurst was very good for the Red Sox too, going all nine innings. Steve Lombardozzi went 2-4. Tom Brunansky, Greg Gagne and Dan Gladden each had a hit. But Kirby Puckett played hero in this one. He was 2-3 with an intentional walk in the game. After George Frazier pitched a perfect top of the ninth inning, Puckett came up with a runner on in the bottom of the ninth inning and hit a two-run, walk-off home run to give the Twins a 3-1 win over the Red Sox.

1989 - Kent Hrbek dislocated his shoulder attempting to make a diving play and wound out on the Disabled List until June 26.

1991 - On May 15, the Twins lost 4-2 to the Milwaukee Brewers. The story was St. Paul native and future Twins DH, Hall of Famer Paul Molitor. He hit a single, a double, a triple and a home run, all off of Twins starter Kevin Tapani.

2006 - My daughter was born and while in the hospital, we watched the Twins lose 7-3 to the Chicago White Sox. Scott Baker gave up five runs on 11 hits and a walk in 4.2 innings. Willie Eyre gave up a run in his inning. Dennys Reyes (aka, Big Sweat) came in and struck out four over 2.1 innings. Joe Nathan struck out two, but gave up a single run in the 9th. For the White Sox, Scott Podsednik, Joe Crede, Chris Widger and Robb Mackowiak each had three hits. Podsednik, Crede and Widger each hit a home run. For the Twins, Michael Cuddyer was 2-3 with a walk. Torii Hunter was 2-4 with his eighth home run of the season.

2011 - Jose Bautista hit three home runs against the Twins... if you can believe that.

Future Hall of Famer, John Smoltz, who certainly is a memorable opponent name in Twins history (pitched Game 7 of the 1991 World Series opposite Jack Morris), turns 45 years old today. Hall of Famer, George Brett of the Royals, who had many memories against the Twins, turns 59 years old today. Finally, Red Sox starting pitcher (and all-around good guy?) Josh Beckett turns 32 years old today.

Thank you for taking a day here with me and walking through some random Twins history on this date. The Twins had a couple of walk-off home runs on this date, and a couple other historical (positive or not) moments. So, what will happen when the Twins player Cleveland this afternoon? How will Brian Dozier perform on his 25th birthday? How will Cleveland outfielder Michael Brantley perform on his 25th birthday?

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