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ST Game Thread: Twins v Red Sox 3/13/14 @ 12:05

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#1 ChiTownTwinsFan

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 10:05 AM

Greetings from Hammond Field. Attempting to post this from my phone so I apologize up front for the typos.
Red Sox:
Nava, LF
Victorino, RF
Pedroia, 2B
Ortiz, DH
Napoli, 1B
Pierzynski, C
Bogaerts, SS
Middlebrooks, 3B
Bradley, CF
SP: Peavy

Twins:
Hicks, CF
Dozier, 2B
Mauer, 1B
Willingham, LF
Arcia, RF
Plouffe, 3B
Kubel, DH
Suzuki, C
Santana, SS
SP: Hughes

Enjoy! It's nice and sunny here today but breezy and chilly. Temps are only in the 60s right now.

#2 JB_Iowa

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 10:22 AM

Thanks, ChiTown.

I think we could almost match the Florida Temps today. Only 49 now but predicted to get to 66 in my corner of Iowa. One of those days when it almost feels too warm, too soon.

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 10:37 AM

Supposed to reach a high of 72 but it's not there yet

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 10:48 AM

Interesting, those look pretty close to Opening Day lineups for both teams, excepting maybe Santana.

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 11:05 AM

hi all- birthday, twins on mlb network, game thread started, 1st batter easy ground out, what could be better?

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 11:16 AM

hi all- birthday, twins on mlb network, game thread started, 1st batter easy ground out, what could be better?


Happy Birthday!!!

You also get a lot of NCAA basketball (this weekend & next weekend are two of my favorite sports weekends of the year) PLUS a little pre-St. Pat's partying.

All in all, a great day.

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 11:17 AM

  • Mike Berardino ‏@MikeBerardino 1m
    15-pitch first for Phil Hughes vs. #RedSox. Ten of those were to Victorino. 10 of 15 strikes, 1/3 FPS. #MNTwins



    Sometimes I wish Twins hitters would work the count the way that Victorino did.

    Then again, I think of how long the Red Sox/Yankees games are and think, oh, forget about it.

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 11:18 AM

thx JB. I'm with you on the ides of march sports fun- and even better, my kid's baseball team will finally be going outside for practice soon games to follow shortly...nice hit & run!

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 11:30 AM

Hughes seems to be deliberately working the curve and it seems to be effective. I hope this effort to focus more on this rather than the slider to complement his fb plus (any/some?) effect of TF turns his career around. Would be fun to see him establish himself as a solid #3.

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 11:36 AM

hi all- birthday, ..., what could be better?


Skipping a birthday this year, but still having cake?

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 11:38 AM

Going back to the curve is one of the things he and Anderson talked about. It definitely worked for him with Ortiz.

Apparently over-thinking/tinkering is a big problem for Hughes. If he can just get past that and trust what he is doing, he should be a solid #3 (actually a #2 for this team at this point, I think).

28 pitches (19 strikes) thru 2 IP for Hughes.

Pretty nice line so far.

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 11:39 AM

The hard thing about early/mid ST is that we don't really see much of the 2nd and 3rd times through the line-up.

That's what I'm waiting to see.

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 11:44 AM

The hard thing about early/mid ST is that we don't really see much of the 2nd and 3rd times through the line-up.

That's what I'm waiting to see.


It seems to me the Twins starters were seeing guys for the 2nd and 3rd time at about this point in the game during most outings last year.

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 11:47 AM

It seems to me the Twins starters were seeing guys for the 2nd and 3rd time at about this point in the game during most outings last year.


sad but true...jeez, 2e's and one out...

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 12:11 PM

Looks like we're going to have to suffer through a season with a stone-glove at first base? :)

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 12:11 PM

  • Mike Berardino ‏@MikeBerardino 1m
    15-pitch first for Phil Hughes vs. #RedSox. Ten of those were to Victorino. 10 of 15 strikes, 1/3 FPS. #MNTwins



    Sometimes I wish Twins hitters would work the count the way that Victorino did.

    Then again, I think of how long the Red Sox/Yankees games are and think, oh, forget about it.


The Yankees and Red Sox do work the count more than the Twins do, but the games are longer mostly because of longer and more frequent commercial breaks.

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 12:36 PM

Provus and Gladden really giving it to AJ. :)

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 12:42 PM

Trying to multi-task this afternoon. Twins game, B1G hoops tourney, B12 hoops tourney, work.

Started paring things down by walking out of the office at 11:30 and I'm not going back today.
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Posted 13 March 2014 - 12:47 PM

Trying to multi-task this afternoon. Twins game, B1G hoops tourney, B12 hoops tourney, work.

Started paring things down by walking out of the office at 11:30 and I'm not going back today.


Hawkeyes gonna manage to win tonight, JC? Ugh..... this season started with such rosy prospects. (And I was so sorry to read about Fran's son's health problems....difficult time for the family.) Did watch the 'clones pull it out.

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 01:13 PM

I won't be at all surprised to see Iowa lose to Northwestern tonight, JB. The last few weeks have been brutal. And yes, really too bad about McCaffery's son. Can't be easy for him to focus on basketball. I know I would struggle.

I did watch the Clones get their W. K-State always plays them tough.

Obviously, I'm splitting time, but is Santana having a tough day in the field? Seems like I've seen a couple of plays where he hasn't been able to make a play.
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