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[I]Originally published at [URL="http://tenthinningstretch.blogspot.com/2012/04/random-tuesday-twins-thoughts-and.html"]The Tenth Inning Stretch
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Here is this week's installment:
[LIST][*]I cannot believe that Spring Training is over tomorrow and that the season begins this Friday. Orioles' Jake Arrieta (of the 5 some ERA and 1.5some WHIP in 2011) [URL="http://www.masnsports.com/school_of_roch/2012/04/arrieta-named-opening-day-starter-dont-publish-yet.html"]was named opening day starter[/URL] agaist the Twins. Hope that the Twins' bats beat him up pretty nicely.[*]Last November we heard that Plouffe was [URL="http://tenthinningstretch.blogspot.com/2011/11/twins-trade-dismal-middle-infielder-for.html"]finally just an outfielder/DH[/URL]. Unfortunately, Mr Gardenhire [URL="http://www.twincities.com/twins/ci_20309257/minnesota-twins-trevor-plouffe-have-cuddyer-like-role"]decided that "Plouffey" is the backup shortstop as well[/URL] and he will have a "super utility" role. I think that this is a fairly unfortunate thing to do with one of your worse defenders, but Gardenhire has been doing it for years with Cuddyer...[*]Despite [URL="http://tenthinningstretch.blogspot.com/2012/04/breaking-butera-makes-twins-25-man.html"]this[/URL] (which, thankfully, was valid only for the day that was posted), I am happy to see what is probably the strongest openning day bench for the Twins in recent memory.[*]Ron Gardenhire did not crack the top ten in [URL="http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2012/04/01/ranking_the_major_league_managers/?page=full"]this[/URL] top MLB managers list.[*]A former Twins' player who has retired a while ago, is [URL="http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20120402/ARTICLE/120409943/?p=2&tc=pg"]still active in his community[/URL].[*]Looks like Jason Marquis' seven year old daughter who had a serious bike accident [URL="http://www.twincities.com/twins/ci_20308609/minnesota-twins-jason-marquis-ready-return"]thankfully is doing better[/URL] and Marquis will return to the Twins shortly.[*]And it looks like Hammond Stadium [URL="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46927091"]will be upgraded after all[/URL] (last paragraph of the linked article.) I hope the Twins give it the Target Field dimensions, because now it is 330-405-330 symmetrical.[*]The answer to the [URL="http://tenthinningstretch.blogspot.com/2012/03/contest-do-you-know-your-twins-game.html"]Twins Trivia Contest[/URL] about who is different that the rest in the Twins' Hall of Fame and Why, was Jim Rantz because he is still in the same position he was Elected in the HOF for. Even though nobody got the why exactly correctly, LeCroy24fan was the first one to get Rantz so he wins a game used bat of former No 1 Twins' draft pick BJ Garbe. Please e-mail me your snail mail address at thetenthinningstretch.at.gmail.com to mail it to you.[*]The [URL="http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=20315489&source=MLB"]new Twins' commercial[/URL] is a hit[*]The Twins' product of the week, in honor of the new season is a book: [URL="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1600783260/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=biowriters&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1600783260"]162 - 0: The Greatest Wins in Twins History[/URL][IMG]http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=biowriters&l=as2&o=1&a=1600783260[/IMG] Would we all love an 162-0 season? :)[/LIST]

The parting shot today is of the most unlikely man to make the Twins' 25-man roster: Sean Burroughs

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