Tuesday, August 29, 2006
  Not Guilty

Jeff Reardon was found not guilty by reason of insanity for robbing a jewelry store in Florida last winter. In the robbery Reardon had no gun, and his penmanship was so awful that the store clerk told him she had trouble comprehending it. She would later say she thought the bearded robber was a deaf mute. He turned himself in later with $170 from the store.
Here's wishing Reardon the best of luck in getting his life back together after the loss of his son. Hopefully he'll be back in the dome next year for the 20th anniversary celebration of the 1987 World Series.
Friday, August 25, 2006
  News 8-25-06
Francisco Liriano backed up from 60 to 90 feet on Thursday, making 25 throws as he attempts to come back from shoulder and elbow problems this season. The Star Tribune reported that Liriano needs a few more days of pain-free throwing before trying off a mound.

Looks like Thome will miss all three games of the Twins/Sox series this weekend. It must be a pretty bad hamstring injury if he's going to sit these games out. How long would it have taken him to injure that hammy on the dome turf?

The testing for Amphetamines
this year doesn't seem to have had as much of an effect on gameplay as some people thought. Teams have just added espresso machines and using supplements from GNC.
"Sugar-free Red Bull," said Minnesota Twins designated hitter Rondell White, when asked what players were using for an energy boost this year. Maybe the cause of Rock's poor hitting this year can be tied to his coffee not being "leaded" anymore.

The Twins signed Dennys Reyes to a 2 year contract extension today. Reyes, 29, is 4-0, 0.96 (37.1 ip, 4 er), allowing 24 hits with 7 walks and 36 strikeouts in 43 appearances (all in relief) this season. He has an opponents' batting-average-against of .185 (24-13), first-batters-faced are batting .143 (6-42) and he has stranded 31 of 36 (86%) inherited runners, the fourth best percentage in the Major Leagues.

Willie Eyre has been lights out with a 1.76 ERA over the last month. Turns out it may be a cause of his ADHD medication.
"We all know the issue with the medicine he takes," Gardenhire said. "He's kind of had to play with that to get it even and that has probably helped him."

Eyre takes medication for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), which was diagnosed a couple of years ago. Eyre said he's recently increased the dosage he takes daily. His brother, Cubs lefthander Scott Eyre, takes the same medication.

Thursday, August 24, 2006
  Updates 8/24
Matt Garza got his first Major League win last night in Baltimore. Six innings, one unearned run, one walk and one strikeout. Garza lowered his ERA more than five runs to 6.59.

Boof vs Anna Benson's husband tonight.

Liriano could be limited to pitching out of the bullpen.
Gardenhire said Liriano, who hasn't pitched since Aug. 7 because of mild soreness in his elbow and weakness in his shoulder, would have to build up to throw around 80 pitches before being considered ready for the rotation. If there's any sort of setback, Liriano likely will be shut down for the season.

Rondell White came off the DL today. Josh Rabe was sent down to Rochester, but will most likely be recalled in 10 days when the rosters expand.
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
  News and Notes
Liriano played catch tuesday before the game.
Liriano said he felt fine on Tuesday and plans on playing catch every day. The Twins are focused on getting Liriano's arm stretched out and feeling strong before he starts throwing bullpen sessions or pitching from a mound. Once the bullpen sessions begin, then the team will begin to think about how they can use him for the remainder of the season, Gardenhire said.

The Twins broke attendance records at the dome over the last 10 game homestand.

The New Ballpark Commissionwants you to keep your ideas for the new stadium coming.
Ballpark Ideas of the Week – 1.) A giant, old scoreboard. The kind where someone has to manually change the numbers. 2.) A Skyway Café above/behind center field. People could eat and watch the game. 3.) An underground viewing area behind the backstop. Open during batting practice, then covered during the game.
Friday, August 18, 2006
  Twins update 8-18
Francisco Liriano said that his shoulder is starting to feel stronger. The pitcher is expected to have his medical examination on Sunday, and Liriano's next step in his rehab will be determined by the results of the exam.

The Twins have drawn crowds of 40,000-plus seven times this season. It's the most crowds of that number since 1992, when they had 17. It sounds like after this weekend the Twins will be at 10.

Scott Baker threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing just four hits, as Triple-A Rochester beat Syracuse, 5-0, on Wednesday.

Not much to say here. Huge series this weekend.
Garcia vs Boof tonight.
Garland vs Bradke on Saturday.
Vazquez vs Johan on Sunday.

Make sure you go to Acme tonight after the game and laugh at JJ doing his stand up.
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
  The phone's ringing dude.
JJ and I went to the Vikings game last night and it was a blast. Sitting behind the Vikings bench we were not only entertained by T-Jack's first plays as a Viking, but by all the people who have jobs in the NFL. I would like to officially throw my name in the ring for the job that has you sitting on a crate waiting for a phone to ring. I'm not completely sure what that guy's whole job description is, but I have the feeling he's not very good at it. During the game last night the phone from upstairs rang twice. The first time he missed it and the kids that hand out Gatorade had to answer it. The second time thankfully he was there because the coaches must have had some important notes for O'Sullivan.
So Mr. Wilf and Childress, I'm free on sundays and I won't wander around and miss calls from the booth. Give me a chance. Note the guy in the yellow security jacket, his job was to watch the table with the phones for the guy who's waiting for the phone calls. I want that job.

Waiting outside the dome last night, we also spoted Boof, Garza and Tyner trying to get in to the Twins offices. Later on they were on the scoreboard during the game. Standing on the Raiders sideline. I only have one suggestion for Boof, get rid of the goatee and go back to the moustache. Please?
  Twins news
Killebrew wants Morneau to join the 40 home run club.

Vote for Morneau to win the Hank Aaron Award.

Liriano will have a throwing session today.
(the session) will consist of light tosses from 60 feet, with a chance he'll back out to 90 feet. Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson said the session will last for just a few minutes as they check to see whether there's any pain in Liriano's elbow. Liriano is in the middle of a shoulder and elbow strengthening program in an effort to return to the lineup. He's out indefinitely, but the club quietly is hoping he will return at the end of the month.

La Velle E. Neal III, breaks down all the Replacements and call-ups that have helped the Twins continue winning this year.
"I'll be honest: It's kind of a unique situation," Twins catcher Mike Redmond said. "All the years I was in Florida, no one ever came up to the big leagues. We might bring up a pitcher here or there if someone got injured, or a position player to sit on the bench. They never played.

Monday, August 14, 2006
G.R. takes back all the mean things he said about Morneau early in the season.

Aaron Gleeman breaks down the Twins history of 30 HR hitters and throws out this little tidbit that I didn't know was possible.
In the entire history of baseball, a .320-40-140 season has taken place only 38 times, including just 10 times over the past 50 years. In other words, not only is he about to re-write the Twins record book, Morneau has a chance to place himself in some pretty rarefied air well beyond the team's power-starved history.
Morneau is also on pace to hit 145 RBI's, which would be the most in Twins history.

If you're watching the Vikings preseason game on TV, watch for JJ and myself sitting 3 rows behind the Vikings bench. 40 yard line. Looks like T-Jack will be getting plenty of snaps tonight.
Childress said Sunday that Jackson will play the final portion of the second quarter and all of the third as the Vikings open the preseason against Oakland at the Metrodome. Jackson will be the third of the Vikings' four quarterbacks to see action. J.T. O'Sullivan will handle the fourth quarter.
O'Sullivan was listed ahead of Jackson on the first depth chart issued by the Vikings, but this appears to be an indication that has changed.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006
  News and notes 8/9/06
It's official. Liriano was placed on the DL retroactive to August 8. Boof get's another shot. He'll be in Detroit tonight.

Matt Garza is just the new guy.

Don't forget tomorrow is Singles Night at the dome and Joe Mauer sideburn night.
Get there early.

The Twins have a number of appearances scheduled for the next couple of weeks. Among the highlights are these:

Mike Redmond will be at the Rock Bottom brewery on Thursday August 17 for the "Catcher in the Rye" promotion. Anyone have any idea what this is? I will for sure be there though.

Also on the 17th, Cuddy hosts his Baseball Unplugged with Matt Guerrier and Joe Nathan at Brits Pub from 7-9pm. Hopefully i'll be able to hit both.
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Matt Garza was recalled and will join the Twins in Detroit tonight. Mike Smith was sent down to make room. So much for Radke's back up tonight. Maybe if Neshek has to come in they'll let him pitch more than 2 innings.
This isn't what was supposed to happen. The Twins lose big again to the Tigers and now Francisco Liriano is out indefinately.
In a quiet postgame clubhouse, Liriano, 22, seemed on the verge of tears, and his voice crackled as he described the pain, pointing to the inside of the elbow this time, beneath the muscle and possibly in the joint.

Not good news for Liriano's ROY bid and the Twins wild card chances. Here's hoping he's back soon.

The Twins are still sticking with Mike Smith to start on Friday. Although Gardy and Ryan are set to talk about the Twins pitching problems this morning. Matt Garza is scheduled to pitch on Wednesday in Rochester. Let's hope that Mike Smith mullet has some special powers in it.

Bradke goes tonight against Nate "Stupid Glasses" Robertson. Eric Gagne called, he wants his steez back.

Joe Nathan was named DHL Deliver Man of the Month of July.
Nathan was a perfect 9-for-9 in save opportunities in July, and allowed just one earned run in 12 games en route to amassing a 0.75 ERA for the month. The Twins closer struck out 19 batters over 12 innings as he helped the Twins to close out the month with a stellar 18-8 record.
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
  2 ROM's = ROY?
Francisco Liriano has been named the American League Rookie of the Month for July. This is Liriano's second consecutive A.L. Rookie of the Month Award.

Justin Morneau is a candidate for this year's Hank Aaron Award.
Since 1999, the 25th anniversary of Aaron breaking Babe Ruth's all-time home run record, Major League Baseball has recognized the best offensive performer from each league with the Hank Aaron Award, presented by Century 21. Past recipients include Barry Bonds (three times), Alex Rodriguez (three times), Manny Ramirez (twice), Albert Pujols, Todd Helton, Sammy Sosa and Carlos Delgado. Last year's winners, selected in balloting during the regular season's final month on, were Boston's David Ortiz and Atlanta's Andruw Jones.

Vote for Justin.

Boof made his return to the dome today, after pitching 4 innings and giving up 7 runs (4 earned) and 5 K's.
Hopefully his next start will be better.
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
  News and Notes 8/1
Torii came back from the 15-day disabled list and had three hits, including a three-run homer, and drove in four runs. It's good to have Torii back in CF.
The Twins are on pace to score 827 runs, their most since 1996. Who saw that coming in May?

Gardy missed last nights game with a case of the flu.

The Twins don't regret not getting Soriano.

Terry Ryan is still taking his time with Matt Garza.
"He's not part of the equation right now," Ryan said. "If he ends up dominating the [International] League like he did in A-ball and Double-A, we'll move him up."

Lew Ford took batting practice for the first time since going on the disabled list before Monday's game with the Rangers.

KSTP & The Twins officially announce the broadcasts will change to KSTP 1500 starting next year.
Under the deal with KSTP, the Twins will take their rights in-house. That means the franchise will sell and keep advertising revenue from the game broadcasts. It also will handle the production. In addition, KSTP will pay the Twins around $1 million per season.
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