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    Game Thread: Brewers@Twins 6/4 7:10PM

    Game-time forecast: Mostly clear. Winds blowing in from left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Temperature near 75.

    First you list a hitter and then you list a hitter who bats after that and another after that and another after that and another after that and another after that and another after that and another after that and another after that. Stop right there... You get no more. ChiTown will fill in the "Another after thats".

    Okay, Bri ... and here are the 'after thats'

    Brewers:
    SP, Estrada

    Segura SS
    Braun RF
    Lucroy C
    Gomez CF
    Ramirez DH
    Weeks 2B
    Reynolds 3B
    Overbay 1B
    Schafer LF

    Twins:
    SP, Nolasco

    Santana CF
    Dozier 2B
    Mauer 1B
    Willingham LF
    Arcia RF
    Plouffe 3B
    Suzuki C
    Pinto DH (<faints!>)
    Escobar SS

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    Things to Think About:

    1. Airplanes -- Typically when teams play the final games of a series. They board an airplane bound for different directions. The current 4 game series with the Brewers is different because both the Brewers and Twins have to leave Milwaukee and fly to the Twin Cities. I wonder if they flew on the same plane. I wonder if they hung out together in the same terminal... the same gate. I wonder if they gathered together and placed bets on the exact time flights from other cities would land. I wonder if Carlos Gomez correctly nailed the exact time... the flight from Miami would land and I wonder if Glen Perkins got into his face after he stared at the board too long afterwards.

    2. Marco Estrada -- For the 2nd game in a row... The Brewers will be tossing a starting pitcher from Mexico. Marco was born in Ciudad Obregon in Northern Mexico... Just about 6 hours straight south of Tucson. Marco may have been born there but he moved with his mother to California as a young boy. I don't have exact figures but I believe that Marco and his mom were a couple of a handful of immigrants from Mexico that settled in California. He played high school baseball in the L.A. area and he played junior college ball in the L.A. area and College ball at Long Beach State in the L.A. area. He was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 6th round. His minor league career started shortly afterwards in Vermont. The very second he arrived in Vermont... he noticed that there was a difference between Vermont and the L.A. area especially after running into Larry and his brother Daryl and his other brother Daryl. When I've seen him pitch... he can strike you out. He can also lay some cookies in there for a team to enjoy.

    3. Ricky Nolasco -- Hasn't smoothly destroyed opposition batters but he has kept the Twins within striking distance in 5 of his last 6 starts. His 5.70 ERA looks terrible but the numbers are where they are because of a few starts were he looked real real bad. Which Nolasco shows up tonight will go a long way toward winning tonight.

    4. Aramis Ramirez -- Ramirez has been on the D.L. with a hamstring issue since early May and he is supposed to return to the lineup today in the DH spot. When you purchase a ham at a supermarket... They are typically bound by a string. The reason for this... the world has produced too much string and doesn't know what to do with it. The excess string has caused problems with many athletes forcing them on to the disabled list. Aramis Ramirez is back today and by being in the lineup... He becomes another weapon.

    5. Advice from Elders -- My dad was always a good source of advice. He has lived a long time and that experience was always a gold mine to turn to. Lately... My dad has become much more forgetful but it doesn't mean that his advice isn't still valuable. One Day my dad took me aside and left me there.
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    Zukes AND Pinto! This might be the best lineup Gardy has put together all season (offensively anyway, not sure that the defense in the OF will do Nolasco too many favors).

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    Hmmm...not sure Gardy has thought this through properly. If Suzuki gets hurt, doesn't that mean that...

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    I guess if we're gonna have both catchers in the lineup, we should get both SS in there too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
    3. Ricky Nolasco -- Hasn't smoothly destroyed opposition batters but he has kept the Twins within striking distance in 5 of his last 6 starts. His 5.70 ERA looks terrible but the numbers are where they are because of a few starts were he looked real real bad. Which Nolasco shows up tonight will go a long way toward winning tonight.
    I thought if I looked at his season splits, we'd see gradual improvement but alas, that really isn't the case.

    i guess we simply need to hope that his last game was a harbinger of good things to come.

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    I really like seeing Santana getting a chance with the Twins. I really don't like that it has mainly been in CF.
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    Similar to Pinto always catching Deduno, everyone knows that Santana is Nolasco's personal center fielder

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    That Lucroy sure kills us. Hit .356 against Twins pitching in the past 3 years, and OPS is 1.008. Good numbers for him. Bad for us.

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    Gardy after putting both catchers in the lineup aged 20 years. The stress of it all.

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    Nice start for Nolasco.

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    Uh oh. Mauer batting with RISP...

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    Not anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hosken Bombo Disco View Post
    Uh oh. Mauer batting with RISP...
    In the Sports On Earth article on Dozier, I found this paragraph hilarious:

    Nor is Dozier, visually, someone who looks like a power threat. He's listed at 5-foot-11, 190 pounds. See his 6-5 teammate Joe Mauer walk past him, and you'd figure Mauer is the home run leader on the Twins, but it is Dozier who leads the team in home runs with 11.

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    The power of home field.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDean View Post
    Zukes AND Pinto! This might be the best lineup Gardy has put together all season (offensively anyway, not sure that the defense in the OF will do Nolasco too many favors).
    I think he's growing accustomed to that fact.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beezer07 View Post
    I guess if we're gonna have both catchers in the lineup, we should get both SS in there too
    Actually all THREE, and Gardy's tried that one at least once, already.

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    Ugh. Still couldn't score him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JB_Iowa View Post
    The power of home field.
    Dozier called out stealing third, overruled to safe, Mauer soft liner to shallow right for second out. Good grief...

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