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Spring Training Game Thread: Twins v Pirates, 3/26/14 @ 12:05pm CT

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#1 ChiTownTwinsFan

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Posted 26 March 2014 - 08:49 AM

Getting this up EARLY today because my day later on is a mess! But I love my job! I just wish I could watch baseball while I'm working. Thanks to SampleSizeOfOne for posting a game thread yesterday ... it was great!

Pirates:
SP, Cumpton

Josh Harrison ® LF
Travis Snider (L) RF
Andrew McCutchen ® CF
Travis Ishikawa (L) 1B
Neil Walker (S) 2B
Gaby Sanchez ® DH
Tony Sanchez ® C
Jordy Mercer ® SS
Clint Barmes ® 3B

Twins:
SP, Nolasco

Brian Dozier ® 2B
Joe Mauer (L) 1B
Jason Kubel (L) LF
Josh Willingham ® DH
Oswaldo Arcia (L) RF
Trevor Plouffe ® 3B
Kurt Suzuki ® C
Aaron Hicks (S) CF
Pedro Florimon (S) SS

Since I'm not Brian, I haven't quite as much to think about. I was at the game last Friday when Nolasco pitched, and the Mets scored 7 runs in the first. I just hope Nolasco does better.

And this lineup ... I don't hate it; I think it's about as good as it can get with what we have. I'd swap Suzuki and Hicks, though, but at this point, whatever.

Okay, chatter it up ... and play ball! (in a few hours)
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#2 Winston Smith

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Posted 26 March 2014 - 10:09 AM

Thanks Chi Town
I'd bat Hicks 9th because I think he'd have a better chance of being on base when the top of the order comes up than Suzuki or Pedro will. However, I'm not sure any order they pick will help much with this bunch.

May all our prospects be All Stars and the beer be free.


#3 JB_Iowa

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Posted 26 March 2014 - 11:00 AM

Came in here to hide out. The forum threads are getting a little nasty. Can't wait for the season to start so we can argue about facts instead of projections.

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Posted 26 March 2014 - 11:06 AM

Yeah, the forums often lack humor.

I've claimed Pirates as my second team since they signed Mientkiewicz to a minor league deal in '08, and he told them how they'd turned it around while he was in Minnesota.

I just took a walk down memory lane, and dug up one of those articles:

http://old.post-gaze...pid=pirates.xml

He has something to say about "accountability" there...

Anyway, i'm lookin' forward to a good game either way!

"Play Ball!"

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First with the head, then with the heart."


#5 JB_Iowa

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Posted 26 March 2014 - 11:12 AM

1st inning turned out better than it started.

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Posted 26 March 2014 - 11:18 AM

Yup, Nalasco got those two breaking balls by McCutchen with the runner at second with three balls.

Nice to see.

"Little beat big if little is smart.

First with the head, then with the heart."


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Posted 26 March 2014 - 11:22 AM

Yeah, the forums often lack humor.


I could run over to the Accountability thread and try to come up with a Carnac routine on "Vance Worley" if you think it would help.

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Posted 26 March 2014 - 11:30 AM

If you think they'd appreciate it, sure. But don't do it just for me.

But i'm not entirely accurate. There is humor in them, it is just less prevalent.

I guess it goes with the territory of taking things seriously.

And i still enjoy reading them. I just read them a bit less thoroughly sometimes.

"Little beat big if little is smart.

First with the head, then with the heart."


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Posted 26 March 2014 - 11:34 AM

Plouffe with a double to right - what he needs to do, if he wants to see pitches where he needs them for homers.

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Posted 26 March 2014 - 11:35 AM

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May all our prospects be All Stars and the beer be free.


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Posted 26 March 2014 - 11:35 AM

If you think they'd appreciate it, sure.


Oh, well then. Consider it done. :)

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Posted 26 March 2014 - 11:44 AM

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Wasted here. Bring this to the "Will this team be the worst of the last four years?" thread and cheer everybody right up.

#13 JB_Iowa

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Posted 26 March 2014 - 11:45 AM

Going a lot better today for Nolasco than his last outing. Hope it means that whatever he was working on last time came together.

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Posted 26 March 2014 - 12:10 PM

One hit for each side after four. This may be how good games go this year.

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Posted 26 March 2014 - 12:14 PM

Only 4 innings for Nolasco, in his final tuneup. Is that a bit short? I guess we should expect no more than 6 next Monday.

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Posted 26 March 2014 - 12:17 PM

Only 4 innings for Nolasco, in his final tuneup. Is that a bit short? I guess we should expect no more than 6 next Monday.


I wondered the same thing about Pelfrey's 4 yesterday. Correia seems more stretched out.

#17 Fatt Crapps

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Posted 26 March 2014 - 12:18 PM

Finally Swarzak nails 'em.

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Posted 26 March 2014 - 12:19 PM

Does Willingham look done like last year and his spring ave. seem to indicate?

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Posted 26 March 2014 - 12:26 PM

Does Willingham look done like last year and his spring ave. seem to indicate?


It's hard to be optimistic, but I do think we need to give him a lot of time before giving up on him.

#20 Halsey Hall

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Posted 26 March 2014 - 12:26 PM

For some reason Gardy is down at the minors in the tower watching the AA game closely.

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Posted 26 March 2014 - 12:27 PM

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Posted 26 March 2014 - 12:29 PM

For some reason Gardy is down at the minors in the tower watching the AA game closely.


It's a game thread. Best explanation for this wins the Internets today. Here's mine:

He just wants to get the bitter taste out of his mouth from watching Worley too much, and see some live arms.

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Posted 26 March 2014 - 12:30 PM

*Props to those who get the reference.


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Posted 26 March 2014 - 12:30 PM

Does Willingham look done like last year and his spring ave. seem to indicate?


It means about as much as ST hitting for Hicks last year. See what happens by the Ides of May.

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Posted 26 March 2014 - 12:48 PM

Should I feel insulted that Hy-Vee (a grocery store chain) has Royals, Cardinals and Cubs peanuts in their ads? (But no Twins, White Sox or Brewers -- all of which are also Iowa "markets" under the BB blackout rules)????

They're cut bags, I might have actually bought a Twins one or two for opening day.

#26 MileHighTwinsFan

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Posted 26 March 2014 - 12:49 PM

How many times will Joe Mauer be stranded at second base this season. Kubel - K, Willingham pop out.

Mauer has to hit third - doesn't he? - if we are ever going to get any runs.

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Posted 26 March 2014 - 12:51 PM

OK, gotta run now, will have to miss the rest of this slugfest.

#28 Halsey Hall

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Posted 26 March 2014 - 12:52 PM

How many times will Joe Mauer be stranded at second base this season. Kubel - K, Willingham pop out.

Mauer has to hit third - doesn't he? - if we are ever going to get any runs.


No, Mauer has to leadoff.

How can they not keep Thielbar? Tonkin is really, really PO'd, is Thielbar next?

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Posted 26 March 2014 - 12:53 PM

Arcia!!!

#30 Fatt Crapps

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Posted 26 March 2014 - 12:53 PM

Boom goes the dynamite.


..and it was off a lefty.


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