July 10, 2007

2007 All-Star Game

Well, it looks the the American League will have homefield advantage in this year's World Series after beating the National League 5-4 tonight. All of the Twins players that were selected to the game got a chance to play, and they didn't do to bad.

Johan Santana played best, pitching one inning and striking out Carlos Lee and Alfonso Soriano. One of his strikeouts was a caught looking, and the other a pitch in the dirt. Torii Hunter and Justin Morneau also got their fare share of playing time, and didn't hit the best, but didn't play terrible overall.

Justin Morneau made a nice stop at first base, and went 0-2 in the game with a flyout and popout. Torii Hunter fielded a few balls in the outfield, and he went 0-2 in the game as well.

With the win, the American League has now won the last ten All-Star Games.

Looks Like Jones:
Well, when the Twins sent Carmen Cali back down to AAA Rochester a couple of days ago, there was one person everybody thought was coming back -- Rondell White. That looks a lot more unlikely today after La Velle reported that Rondell was scratched from a rehab game today with a sore hamstring.

So, the Twins will now have to look for another person to call up, and I'm pretty sure I know who it will be. As I mentioned in the official post, the Twins probably won't call up a pitcher, and if Rondell wasn't ready to go, I mentioned that the guy would be Garrett Jones.

That looks very likely because he has played very well this past week, and his overall season numbers have been good as well. For now, all we can do is speculate, but I'd expect the decision to be made by tomorrow.

AL Player of the Week:
Justin Morneau put up some great numbers in this last weekend series with the White Sox. He hit a total of four homeruns in the four games, and also drove in thirteen runners. Over the week he also went 14-32 which gave him an average of .438 for the week.

These numbers give Justin his first American League Player of the Week award on the season. For a more in-depth story, check out this one.