Tag:Scott Baker
Posted on: September 3, 2010 12:12 am
Edited on: September 3, 2010 1:57 am

Some explaining to do in Minnesota

Scott Baker
You could almost hear the entire state of Minnesota screaming at the TV set Thursday night: "How in the %#@* do you run out of pitchers in September ?!?"

There were some extenuating circumstances, but it's still pretty much inexcusable that the Twins got caught short-handed in the bullpen two days after they had the ability to import as much pitching depth as they wanted thanks to roster expansion.

Starter Scott Baker left the game against Detroit after two innings with elbow pain, and the game went extra innings. So atop the mound in the 11th inning appeared Brian Duensing -- who started and threw 103 pitches on Tuesday in the opener of this very series, and promptly gave up the go-ahead run Thursday. The Twins came back and tied it, and Nick Blackburn, the scheduled Friday starter, pitched the 13th -- and promptly gave up what would be the winning run.

The Twins used five relievers between Baker and Duensing, two of them for less than an inning. Matt Capps and newest Twin Brian Fuentes were unavailable with medical issues. So why in the world would a team in a pennant race not have half its Triple-A pitching staff dispatched to Minneapolis? I count seven pitchers on the 40-man roster who aren't on the 25-man, and all were available to be called up.

Obviously it's not every day you get two innings from your starter and play into the 13th, but with so much at stake and so many people being paid to cover all the bases, the Twins should have had extra arms available. There are going to be some tough questions for Bill Smith and Ron Gardenhire after this one.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: September 2, 2010 9:21 pm
Edited on: September 2, 2010 9:26 pm

Twins' Baker out with elbow pain

More bad injury news for the Twins, as starter Scott Baker left Thursday's game against Detroit after two innings, and the team announced the reason was elbow pain. No more details were immediately available. Baker had a bout of tendinitis in the elbow earlier in the season.

Baker had won five consecutive decisions and hasn't lost since July 19. The 28-year-old right-hander is 12-9 with a 4.55 ERA. With the Twins trying to hold off Chicago in the American League Central, a sudden hole in their rotation is not not something they need.

The game was tied 2-2 when Baker left. He was replaced by Jeff Manship.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 18, 2010 7:53 pm

Guillen goes off... again

Ozzie Guillen What's a day without an Ozzie Guillen rant?

Today's topic? Jim Thome, who hit a two-run walkoff homer on Tuesday against his old club.

The Chicago Tribune 's Mark Gonzalez has highlights of the reported 13-minute tirade.

Here's the basics:
"For all those people there saying it was my fault about Jim Thome, yes it's my fault," Guillen said. "If those people don't like that, [bleep] them."

Guillen reminded reporters that it was Thome who waived his no-trade clause on Aug. 31 to accept a trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers and that he's getting more playing time with the Twins recently only because slugger Justin Morneau has been sidelined since July 8 because of a concussion.

"I'm not afraid," Guillen said. "I can care less what people think. We're in second place. When Jim Thome was here, we finished third three times out of four years (actually two third-place finishes and one fourth-place ending). We went to one playoff because he hit a home run to go to the playoffs.

"Listen, I don't make that decision, we made that decision. It was hard for me to do this. A lot of people in Chicago talk about Jim Thome. How about J.D.? I think Jermaine Dye did more stuff for the Chicago White Sox than Jim Thome did, with all my respect to Jimbo.

"What's going on here? I don't get it. Why do people forget about J.D.? People don't even talk about J.D. at all. If Thome was a better player than J.D. for the White Sox, that's the answer. J.D.'s not playing for the Twins."
What's more, Guillen said the fact the game went to extra innings wasn't because his team fought back, nope, it's because Ron Gardenhire took out starter Scott Baker, who gave up four runs in 4 2/3 innings.
"That's Gardenhire's fault for bringing those guys [Jon Rauch, Matt Capps] into pitch," Guillen said. "He should have left that guy in that started the game and then we're still playing. I'm not running away from anybody. I don't run from anybody because I sleep very well last night, I played golf this morning. I didn't change anything. I rode my bike, go to sleep and as soon as I'm done with [this game] I'm going to go back to sleep. Same stuff." Same stuff, different day. But it's still mighty entertaining.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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