September 2, 2006

Twins Beat Yankees

The Minnesota Twins offense has been in a slump over the last week, and they got a late inning spark on Saturday afternoon to hopefully refuel them. Scott Baker pitched an impressive game as he went 5 innings and gave up only two hits and one run. This is the second time that Baker has pitched against the Yankees, and both starts have been amazing. In his first start against the Yankees this year, he went seven innings giving up only one run. With the sin he is now 4-7 on the season.

As I mentioned above, the Twins offense got a late inning spark. With the Twins already up 2-1 in the top half of the 8th inning, Justin Morneau hit a line-drive homerun to left field to give the Twins a 5-1 lead. The best news to come from this was that he hit the homerun off of the same guy that put him on the DL by hitting him in the head ~ Ron Villone.

The bullpen pitched very well, Reyes continued his great pitching as he came in to pitch the sixth inning against Abreu, Giambi, and Rodriguez, not only did he go 1-2-3 in the inning but he also got 2 outs in the 7th inning. Reyes pitched to 5 batters and got them all out. Crain then came in to get the final out of the 7th inning.

The game ended in the bottom of the eight due to rain, so the final score was 6-1 final in eight innings.

Twins Notes:
- Liriano pitched off the mound in spikes and had no pain. He will now throw against Twins
pitchers next week before pitching for the AAA Red Wings in the playoffs.

- Terry Ryan said he knows who he will give to the Cubs for the Player to be Named, however
he is going to wait until after the AAA Playoffs to send the player over.

- Phil Nevin got his 1st hit as a Twins in the top half of the eight inning. He was also robbed of a
base hit earlier in the game.

- Joe Mauer is batting .350 on the season, Jeter is gaining ground and batting .343.

- The Twins had interest in Daivid Wells, however Terry Ryan said the price was to high.

- Torii Hunter has expressed that he will not be a Yankees after the season, and that in order
to resign with the Twins he would want a no-trade clause.

- With his homerun and 3 RBI, Justin Morneau now has 33 HR's and 114 RBI. Hunter also hit a
homerun and now has 22 HR's and 70 RBI. Finally, Cuddyer picked up RBI number 91, just
nine away from 100.

Don't Miss It:
The Twins will go for a series win tomorrow in New York. The Twins will send out Matt Garza (1-3) vs. Darrell Rasner (0-0). Garza has had 3 good starts in a row despite his record and Rasner is making his 1st MLB start. He has had 1.2 innings in relief. The game will be at 12:05 on WFTC (FSN) and 830 WCCO.