Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Good morning everyone! I will not be posting a whole lot here today, but try not to think that I just had a lazy night and didn't do anything. It was actually kind of the opposite. I started working on the actual articles and summaries that will accompany my four part Top 50 Twins prospect series. That will start on Friday. I did a few other things as well, but I also wrote an article. For information on that article and several more quick thoughts, check out the below bullet points.
Last night, I had the great opportunity to have a phone conversation with Twins OF prospect, and Hibbing, MN, native Eli Tintor. I was asked by scout.com to write an article on him. I suppose I could have just written the article, but there were several other questions that I thought would be interesting to have answers for. So, I called Eli, who is currently at the Twins Instructional camp in Ft. Myers, last night and we talked for about ten minutes. I went into the phone call with about eight questions, but it seemed that each question spawned a follow-up question or two. Using the conversation, I was able to finish up the article. I submitted it and was told that it should be posted this morning. So, be sure to check out the Twins Cities Dugout site. Then, be sure to go the their Discussion Forum and talk about the article, or any of a number of Twins topics. I've never really written a 'formal' style article, and I think that I did alright.
One-half game. Say it out loud... "One-Half Game!" One more time, "One-half Game!" Hey, did you know that with the Twins win over Boston and the White Sox win over the Tigers, the Twins are now just 1/2 game behind the Tigers in the American League Central Division?
In what is really terrific news, Peter Gammons will be back on SportsCenter and Baseball Tonight tonight! He will be live from Fenway Park before the Twins/Red Sox game. He will be on the 5:00 SportsCenter and the 6:00 Baseball Tonight. He won't be back full-time, but it is just a relief to have him back! Here is a great article written by Gammons, his first article since his aneurysm.
Back to the Twins 7-3 win over the Red Sox, I think that Justin Morneau may have put himself into serious contention for the AL MVP. Of course, I have been saying that for awhile now, and Joe Christenson wrote a great article discussing his vote for the award. However, a 5-5, two double, game against the Red Sox in Boston has to garner attention from the big city markets.
Jason Bartlett hit a three run homer in the 2nd inning that gave the Twins a 4-0 lead. It was his second homer. His other home run was a 3-run homer against the White Sox.
Torii Hunter had two hits including a long two-run homer. It was his 27th of the season!
Joe Mauer went 1-5 in the game. His batting average is at .343. Derek Jeter went 1-4 last night, and he ended the game with a .339 average.
Be sure to check out the Joe Mauer Fan Site, and say hi!
Matt Garza was excellent. He gave up three runs (2 earned) in 5.2 innings. He gave up five hits and walked three, but he was able to work out of trouble. Two of the three runs he gave up came in the sixth inning, one with Jesse Crain pitching. Dennys Reyes got four outs and really made it look pretty easy against both right and left handed bats.
Tonight, it is Boof Bonser going up against Curt Schilling.
OK, I apologize, but that is going to be it for today. Pretty short, but again, please head over the the Twin Cities Dugout and check out my Eli Tintor article. It will also appear on the FoxSports.com Twins site. If you have any thoughts, opinions, comments, critiques, or ideas on anything, please e-mail me, or let's get a discussion going in the Comments. Have a great weekend!|
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