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Game Thread: Twins @ Orioles, 9/1 @ 12:35pm CT

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#1 ChiTownTwinsFan

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Posted 01 September 2014 - 08:40 AM

Game-time forecast: Partly cloudy with a 30-percent chance of rain. Winds blowing out to right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Temperature around 85.


TWINS:
SP, Hughes

Santana CF
Dozier 2B
Mauer DH
Vargas 1B
Plouffe 3B
Arcia RF
Suzuki C
Escobar SS
Schafer LF

ORIOLES:
SP, Gausman

Markakis RF
Young LF
Jones CF
Cruz DH
Davis 1B
Hardy SS
Paredes 3B
Hundley C
Schoop 2B

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I don't really want to think about this team anymore so I'm glad Brian is still able.

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1. 2012 MLB Draft -- I normally don't throw around my opinions heavy handed when it comes to the MLB Draft. In all honestly... I don't know which players can play and I don't believe College or High School stats can tell me enough to grant me a strong enough opinion. I also don't totally trust what I read from the so called experts because they are often wrong and I have no idea where they are getting the information that they have. This is thought #1 today because I remember what my opinion was going into the 2012 Draft and today's starter for the Orioles was a big part of that draft. I remember that I wanted a starting pitcher out of College with the #2 pick. I didn't have a strong opinion on who that starting pitcher should be... I just remember wanting one because the Twins pitching staff was so terrible in 2011 and a College Arm was the quickest way to get someone to the majors in my opinion. I remember the top choices at the time were Appel, Gausman and Zimmer and they were the first 3 college pitchers chosen followed by Heaney and Wacha. Meanwhile... The Twins drafted some kid out of Georgia called Byron Buxton. Byron according to those who know such things is the best in all the minor leagues... So maybe I was wrong. Appel and Zimmer haven't worked out yet if they will at all... But Gausman, Heaney and Wacha sure look like wise choices right now. We get to see Mr. Gausman today. Just two years after the draft... 3 of the top 5 have already thrown a major league pitch and two of the 3 are looking like they may be here awhile.  

 

2. Kevin Gausman -- Kevin is 23 years old and he's from Centennial Colorado which is a suburb of Denver. I believe that all of Colorado is a suburb of Denver. Kevin has thrown a total of 142 innings in the minors so its possible to conclude that the Orioles have wasted no time getting him to the top level. He throws hard... Upper 90's hard and his change up is of similar speed as Tom Milone's fastball. He will also split it and slide it. Things were not great for Kevin in the Majors last year... He got knocked around. Things are better this year and things will probably be better again next year. Let's hope Trevor May can improve in like fashion.

 

3. Hicks and Others -- Aaron Hicks is back... It's September and the Rosters can expand and they have. Rochester has been eliminated from the playoffs so joining the club is Aaron Hicks, Josmil Pinto, Chris Herrmann, Stephen Pryor, Michael Tonkin, Lester Oliveros and Kris Johnson. It looks like the Twins have enough Catching and Bullpen Arms to get through September. I'm happy to see Pinto back because I think he can hit. He may need work working with pitchers but he can hit. I'm hopeful that Pryor will look like the Pryor I saw throw for Seattle. If it's that Pryor... He'll be a nice bullpen boost. I like Tonkin... He looked sharp when he was up for a cup of coffee. I'm also curious to see what the Delmon Young trade got us with Oliveros. Kris Johnson doesn't excite me but if the Twins let him pitch where Trevor May slots... I'm Ok with that. Chris Herrmanm... good luck to ya is what I got to say... I wish you well. That leaves Aaron Hicks... As always... I'm praying that his bugaboos are behind him. I'm not counting on him yet but I hope to count on him in the future.

 

4. Sweep? -- The Twins are in danger of getting swept in a 4 game series. The Twins are down to the 5th choice in the 2015 MLB Draft. The Orioles are up to a Playoff spot. I guess things are happening like they should happen.

 

5. Labor Day -- Or for North... It's Labour Day. It's a day that we get a break from work and we need a break because work can be hard. I've worked for an orange juice factory but I couldn't concentrate... I made calendars but those days were numbered...  I tried to be a tailor but I wasn't suited for it... I fixed Mufflers but that was exhausting... Professional Tennis wasn't my racket... I became a personal trainer but I wasn't fit for the job... I became a Historian but I saw no future in it... I was a fireman but It burned me out... I was a banker but I lacked Interest and Maturity... I became a professional fisherman but I couldn't live on my net income and I worked at Starbucks but that was just the same old grind.

 

Happy Labo(u)r day to all!!!   

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Posted 01 September 2014 - 08:45 AM

The last month of Twins baseball til 2015.

Makes me sad, no matter the results.
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Posted 01 September 2014 - 08:46 AM

Yeah. At least I get to see the Miracle play this week. :)

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Posted 01 September 2014 - 10:31 AM

Yeah. At least I get to see the Miracle play this week. :)

Hope the flight improved as you went on.

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Posted 01 September 2014 - 10:33 AM

Hope the flight improved as you went on.


Arrived early. Of course this is the slowest time here for travel so flight was far from full. But am glad to be on the ground.

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Posted 01 September 2014 - 11:09 AM

Hughes best win out for the Twins to have a shot at 70 wins this year. 

he gone!


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Posted 01 September 2014 - 11:27 AM

When are the Sept. call ups eligible/in the dugout?


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Posted 01 September 2014 - 11:30 AM

When are the Sept. call ups eligible/in the dugout?


I believe I read they'd be turning up at Target Field tomorrow.

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Posted 01 September 2014 - 11:30 AM

I want the Twins to have a + .500 record in September.I am always hopeful when Hughes pitches.

 

These games against the Orioles have been like walking in a cold rain with no coat and feeling the water run down your back and knowing that its a long walk until you get home.

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Posted 01 September 2014 - 11:37 AM

These games against the Orioles have been like walking in a cold rain with no coat and feeling the water run down your back and knowing that its a long walk until you get home.

... which you will find out has burned down (in spite of the rain).

 

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Posted 01 September 2014 - 11:38 AM

Brian: no mention of Pryor or Johnson in Seth's article about September call-ups...

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Posted 01 September 2014 - 11:48 AM

Hicks + fire in his eyes = success / doubt it * outsidelookingin

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Posted 01 September 2014 - 11:57 AM

Astros fire manager today. 8 more wins already than all last year with a month to go. 1 less win than the Twins asof today.

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Posted 01 September 2014 - 11:59 AM

Zuke regression continues.

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Posted 01 September 2014 - 12:04 PM

Zuke regression continues.


I don't think this is a surprise to anyone, is it?

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Posted 01 September 2014 - 12:09 PM

Brian: no mention of Pryor or Johnson in Seth's article about September call-ups...

That's easy to explain... I got my information from the Trib and it turns out... They were guessing and posting before it... Umm... Actually happened.

The Twins out foxed the Trib and me as well.
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Posted 01 September 2014 - 12:33 PM

That's easy to explain... I got my information from the Trib and it turns out... They were guessing and posting before it... Umm... Actually happened.
The Twins out foxed the Trib and me as well.


Best to rely on the Onion.
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Posted 01 September 2014 - 12:35 PM

 

5. Labor Day -- Or for North... It's Labour Day. It's a day that we get a break from work and we need a break because work can be hard. I've worked for an orange juice factory but I couldn't concentrate... I made calendars but those days were numbered...  I tried to be a tailor but I wasn't suited for it... I fixed Mufflers but that was exhausting... Professional Tennis wasn't my racket... I became a personal trainer but I wasn't fit for the job... I became a Historian but I saw no future in it... I was a fireman but It burned me out... I was a banker but I lacked Interest and Maturity... I became a professional fisherman but I couldn't live on my net income and I worked at Starbucks but that was just the same old grind.

 

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Posted 01 September 2014 - 12:38 PM

Geez. I did not realize Chris Davis was having such a Mark Reynoldsian Season.

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Posted 01 September 2014 - 12:38 PM

Oooo, oooo, can I play? I repaired windows. What a pain! Ran a morgue. Didn't dig it.


I was a doorbell repair person ... it didn't ring true.
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