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#21 big dog

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 12:38 PM

Terrible bunt, Shields had Kubel at third, and Shields completely flubbed it. Let's go Hicks.

Great at-bat by Hicks. He had fastball swings at two changeups, then laid off changeups on 2-2 and 3-2 to get a walk.

Edited by big dog, 12 April 2014 - 12:41 PM.


#22 Tibs

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 12:40 PM

Thatta kid Hicks
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#23 Don't Feed the Greed Guy

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 12:41 PM

Somewhere, Ron Gardenhire is saying, "Way to go, Hicksie!"

#24 Tibs

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 12:43 PM

Not a shocker that Florimon struck out, but that was a good pitch
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#25 PseudoSABR

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 12:44 PM

"You miss none of the balls you don't swing at."
-P. Florimon

#26 ChiTownTwinsFan

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 12:44 PM

That was interesting.

#27 howeda7

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 12:45 PM

How much longer do we have to be subjected to Florimon?

#28 notoriousgod71

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 12:47 PM

I'm not going to lie- I signed it to complain about what I assumed would be ruled a hit for Dozier.

Thankfully Stew must be scoring the game today.

#29 notoriousgod71

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 12:49 PM

Dick baffled as to why the Royals aren't walking Mauer.

#30 mnfireman

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 12:49 PM

Mauer Power!!

#31 Tibs

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 12:49 PM

Homerun Joe Mauer!
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Posted 12 April 2014 - 12:49 PM

Geez, that Mauer just doesn't know how to take at bats.

#33 Craig Arko

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 12:50 PM

Joe Mauer, singles hitter.

#34 big dog

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 12:50 PM

Oh HECK Yea!!!

#35 PseudoSABR

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 12:50 PM

You don't pitch to Joe Mauer!

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 12:51 PM

Players are making a strong case for a new manager. Reminds me of a few years ago when the Twins actually beat the Yankees when Gardenhire was absent.

#37 Tibs

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 12:51 PM

Twins hitters have taken a lot of walks so far this year
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#38 big dog

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 12:52 PM

Happiest guy in the dugout, after Joe? Gotta be Nolasco. In fact he might even be happier than Joe.

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 12:53 PM

Finally, Joe turns on the power! BOOM!

I'm much more surprised by Dozier's 4 home runs. Wowzers.

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 12:54 PM

Game-time forecast: Mostly cloudy. Winds blowing out to left field at 5-15 m.p.h. Temperature around 60.

Royals:
SP, Shields

Aoki EF
Infante 2B
Hosmer 1B
Butler DH
Gordon LF
Perez C
Moustakas 3B
Cain CF
Escobar SS

Twins:
SP, Nolasco

Dozier 2B
Mauer 1B
Plouffe 3B
Colabello RF
Kubel LF
Pinto DH
Suzuki C
Hicks CF
Florimon SS

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Things to Think About:

1. Saving for a Rainy Day -- Most Americans are busy living from check to check. 57% of all working Americans have less than $25K in savings and investments. With statistics like that... Why are the Twins scoring 10 runs in a game on a Friday with Saturday and Sunday left to play. On the other hand after 2013... The Twins should have a ton of savings.

2. Ricky Nolasco -- Start Number 3 for Nolasco... 1st start... 6IP 10H 5R... Two De Aza Home Runs. He actually had 3 decent innings in that game and 3 not so decent. 2nd start... 4IP 7H 5R... Yan Gomes took him deep. The Twins spotted him a good lead which he gave up. I'd say 2 decent innings and 2 not so decent. If I can be Captain Obvious for a moment. Ricky has to stop giving up the big innings... That will help immensely. He matches up against James Shields today and he will have to match up against the top starters for awhile until things get out of kilter rotation wise.

3. Jason Kubel and Trevor Plouffe -- Kubel is Hotter than a pistol!!! I think he must be seeing the baseball real well right now. So what Jason Kubel do we have? The Jason who hit .216 in 2013 or the Jason who hit 30 home runs in 2012? It's too soon to tell but it sure seems like the Jason who had an OPS+ over 100 every year from 2007 to 2012. 2013 just might have been an injury nightmare. I think it's ok to let your guard down and feel good about his homecoming. If he struggles later... we can call the Twins front office terrible things at that time. As for Plouffe... I'm loving the discipline at the plate. I love that he is going the other way and opening up the entire field. A productive Plouffe is huge for the Twins.

4. Chris Colabello -- I'm beginning to think he should just be thought number 4 every game thread. He's a feel good story and it makes me feel good. Another clutch hit yesterday with runners to bring home.

5. Warmer Weather -- I can tell it's getting warmer because a fly has been flying around me and bugging me while I typed thoughts 1 through 3. Haven't seen a fly in awhile so I assume its starting to warm up.

I captured the Fly... I tore his wings off and then I told him that he is no longer "A Fly".

He is now "A Walk"


Brian, your setups are always great, but this one is exceptionally great. Thanks for doing this!