Posted on: August 15, 2010 3:43 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2010 5:08 pm

Slowey pulled with no-hitter through 7

Kevin Slowey Twins starter Kevin Slowey has held the Twins hitless through six innings.

The Twins lead 1-0 on a Jason Kubel RBI double in the third.

Slowey has walked two and struck out five. The A's have also gained a baserunner on an error by Twins shortstop Alexi Casilla.

The A's didn't manage a hit in the last six innings of yesterday's 2-0 loss to the Twins' Brian Duensing.

UPDATE: Slowey got a double-play with two runners on to end the seventh with no hits allowed.

It'll be interesting to see if he comes out for the eighth. He's thrown 106 pitches and missed his last start with soreness in his right elbow. The Twins had Jon Rauch warming up after Slowey walked the first hitter of the seventh inning, Jack Cust. Manager Ron Gardenhire then came to the mound after Slowey hit Mark Ellis with one out.

UPDATE: Twins players were not only talking to Slowey in the bottom of the seventh, they were also hugging him. That means he's likely done and if there's a no-hitter, it'll be a combined no-hitter.

The last combined no-hitter was June 11, 2003, when the Astros' Roy Oswalt left the game with an injury after one pitch in the second inning. Oswalt was followed by Peter Munro (2 innings), Kirk Saarloos (1 1/3 innings), Brad Lidge (2 innings), Octavio Dotel (1 inning) and Billy Wagner (1 innings). That marked the most pitchers used in a combined no-hitter.

UPDATE: The Twins have a little breathing room, as Jim Thome launched the 580th home run of his career to give Minnesota a 4-0 lead going into the eighth inning.

UPDATE: Rauch is in for Slowey and the fans boo.

Rauch strikes out Chris Carter on three pitches for the first out.

UPDATE: Cliff Pennington doubles to break up the no-hitter with one out in the eighth. Coco Crisp followed that with a double to make it 4-1. So the one-hitter's gone.

UPDATE: Slowey said he was disappointed he was pulled from the game, but appreciated the way his manager and pitching coach handled the situation.

"With Rod Gardenhire and Rick Peterson, they care more about the individual than accomplishments," Slowey said.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 13, 2010 5:53 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2010 5:57 pm

Surgery for Twins' Mijares

According to a Twitter post by MLB.com's Kelly Thesier, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Friday that left-handed reliever Jose Mijares has a torn meniscus in his right knee and will need surgery. Recovery time is about four weeks.

Mijares, 11 with a 2.81 ERA in 37 appearances this season, was hurt Wednesday and placed on the disabled list. He was replaced on the roster by Jeff Manship.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: August 12, 2010 2:27 am
Edited on: August 12, 2010 11:41 am

AL Central race heating up, as well

Ozzie Guillen Looking for the next basebrawl? Look no further than the other Central Division, there's something brewing between the American League Central leaders.

White Sox slugger Carlos Quentin was 2 for 2 with a homer on Wednesday and has six RBI in the first two games of the series between Chicago and Minnesota.

In the sixth inning on Wednesday and the White Sox holding a 6-0 lead, Twins starter Glen Perkins hit Quentin the for the second time in the game. Home-plate umpire Mike DiMuro warned both teams.

According to the Chicago Tribune , Perkins said he didn't hit Quentin on purpose "I was trying to make a pitch and kind of yanked it a little bit."

Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen wasn't buying it.
"It looked like he did it (intentionally)," Guillen said. "If not, the umpire won't do any warning. Easy scenario. First base open, this kid hit a home run. Do I say he did it on purpose? It's up to him about it.

"It seemed like it was. Everything was there. He not pitching well. I'm not 100 percent he did it. I know 100 percent it don't come from the bench. I was very upset because they kick our (rears) Tuesday big time and we don't come close to pitch in

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 11, 2010 11:36 pm

Twins banged up in Chicago

It was a rough night for the Twins -- and not just because they lost 6-1 to the White Sox to fall back into a tie for first in the American League Central.

MLB.com's Kelly Thesier's Twitter account has a running list of the team's injuries:

Reliever Jose Mijares was on crutches in the clubhouse with a likely right knee strain. Manager Ron Gardenhire said Mijares, who gave up a hit to the only batter he faced. Mijares seemed to land awkwardly covering first on Carlos Quentin's leadoff single in the eighth.

Shortstop J.J. Hardy left the game with a sore wrist, but told Thesier he'd be able to play in the series finale on Thursday.

Also hurt was reliever Jon Rauch, who has a "black and blue toe" on his right foot and said it bothered him on the mound on Tuesday. Rauch, replaced as the team's closer when Matt Capps was acquired at the trade deadline, allowed a run in his one-inning of work on Tuesday. Wednesday, Capps finished the game out after Mijares left, despite the team being down five runs.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 10, 2010 6:49 pm

Guillen pops off about Twins, Cubs

Ozzie Guillen Sometimes it's got to be easy to cover the White Sox -- turn on the tape recorder and let it go.

Of course, that could get old and make you worry about what Ozzie Guillen's going to say when you're not around.

Well, that wasn't a problem today for Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune . As the White Sox returned to Chicago for a showdown with the Twins, here's what Ozzie had to say:

"We're the ones here who should feel very comfortable because I remember a couple months ago we were 10 games behind them, and 30 games under .500," Guillen said. "Just give those guys a little credit to make the season where it is right now."

Guillen told a pack of reporters around him that if the Cubs and Sox had reversed positions, there might be only two people covering the Sox.

"When are they going to give our players the credit to be where we are right now?" Guillen asked. "When we beat the National League, we were a horse(bleep) team. When we beat Anaheim (Los Angeles Angels), they were going down. Now, Baltimore beat the (bleep) out of us, and nobody says anything.

"We have to be where we're supposed to be, and we have to play where we play. But just give those guys the credit. Just a little bit."

Guillen sarcastically waved his hands over a headline hyping the arrival of the Twins. "Who gives a (bleep) who's in town?" Guillen said. "How about, 'the White Sox are back in Chicago after a long trip.'

"Even my wife told me Minnesota is coming to town," Guillen said. "I said, 'Good, you dating somebody from there? Who cares."

So, who do you think his wife is dating? Well played, Mauer.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 9, 2010 8:17 pm

Morneau doesn't join Twins in Chicago

Justin Morneau Twins general manager Bill Smith refused to call it a "setback" but Justin Morneau didn't join the team in Chicago today as the team had hoped. If not a "setback" is it a "stayback"?

Morneau has been out since suffering a concussion on July 7, but the team had hoped he'd be able to take batting practice today and tomorrow before going on a rehab assignment.

"He's made good progress the last week," Smith told the Minneapolis Star Tribune 's Joe Christensen . "Chicago was a possibility, just like Cleveland was a possibility [this past weekend], depending on how things went last week. But Justin's very comfortable with the facilities at Target Field, so he's going to continue doing his workouts there."

He didn't work out Monday, but is expected to work out Tuesday.

The Twins have been able to keep pace with the White Sox since then, with both teams going 18-10 since Morneau went down. Michael Cuddyer has filled in for Morneau at first and since taking over that position has hit .304/.370/.470 with three home runs and 14 RBI.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 9, 2010 6:44 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2010 4:02 pm

This week in free stuff: Aug. 9-15

A look at this week in promotional giveaways from around baseball:

Tuesday, Aug. 10
Las Vegas 51s (Pacific Coast League) -- Rita Rudner bobblehead. I don't even know what to say about this one. I'm not sure I'd make the effort to get to the ballgame for this one.

Wednesday, Aug. 11
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (International League) -- Hambone mini bobblehead. I'm all for mascot races, especially when they feature pork. Lehigh Valley's features a hot dog, bacon and a side of ham. Everyone's doing them and I don't think it's a bad thing.
Richmond Flying Squirrels (Eastern League) -- Nutzy bobblehead. Mascot bobbleheads always go for more on eBay, and I think Nutzy the Flying Squirrel will be out of my price range, sadly.
Lancaster JetHawks (California League) -- Hawkette bobblehead. Another mascot, but not one I'll be searching for on eBay.
Lowell Spinners (New York-Penn League) -- Lou Merloni bobblehead. The Spinners are honoring a local legend.

Thursday, Aug. 12
Erie SeaWolves (Eastern Leagie) -- Al E. Gator bobblehead. It must be the week of the
Vancouver Canadians (Northwest League) -- wearable blanket

Friday, Aug. 13
Tampa Bay Rays -- t-shirt. Come for the T-shirt, stay for the Village People postage concert.
Atlanta Braves --  t-shirt
New York Mets -- Johan Santana koozie
Washington Nationals -- beer and pItcher cup set. Nats try to one-up their NL East foes by going all classy with an actual cup for beer drinking.
Trenton Thunder (Eastern League) -- travel mugs.
Springfield Cardinals (Texas League) -- floppy cap.
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (California League) -- Torii Hunter bobblehead. That bobblehead may accidentally bobble and hit the umpire and get a bobble suspension.
Lynchburg Hillcats (Carolina League) -- Phil Vassar bobblehead. I had to Google him. He's apparently a country music artist. Go figure.
Boise Hawks (Northwest League) -- playground ball. No pegging.

Saturday, Aug. 14
Cincinnati Reds -- garden gnome. Let's just say my wife has been bugging me about this one for a while. She loves garden gnomes. I don't get it either. That said, I've seen one and it's pretty cool.
Chicago White Sox -- Miller Lite Beer vendor bobblehead. Now that's an MVP.
Kansas City Royals  -- 1980 A.L. Champion coaster set. I was hoping for a U.L. Washington toothpick holder.
Minnesota Twins -- mini Target Field
New York Mets -- green cap. You know, because Aug. 14 is St. Declan's Day. He was St. Patrick's younger brother.
San Francisco Giants -- Bruce Bochy bobblehead. The rare bobblehead that is in its proper proportion.
Fresno Grizzlies (Pacific Coast League) -- Parker bobblehead. Another mascot.
Oklahoma City RedHawks (Pacific Coast League) -- RedHawks skateboard. This is one of the cooler promo items of the year, several teams have done them. However, I worried about some people when the Reds had a skateboard deck giveaway and someone dropped one from the upper deck. Luckily it didn't hit anybody.
Jacksonville Suns (Southern League) -- Logan Morrison bobblehead.
Arkansas Travelers (Texas) -- pillow cases. Somehow, I don't think my wife would let me use these.
Wilmington Blue Rocks (Carolina League) -- Judy Johnson book, "Judy Johnson Delaware's Invisible Hero." Really cool to educate fans about a former Negro Leaguer.
Lake County Captains (Midwest League) -- fleece blanket
West Michigan Whitecaps (Midwest League) -- superhero cape. A really cool giveaway for kids.
Boise Hawks (Northwest League) -- Tyler Colvin bobblehead. The Hawks apparently knew Colvin would have a good rookie season.

Sunday, Aug. 15
New York Mets -- metal lunchbox
Tampa Bay Rays -- Matt Garza bobblehead
Cleveland Indians -- Mustard (hot dog) plush doll
Cincinnati Reds -- kids chest protector backpack
Washington Nationals -- back-to-school supply kit
Richmond Flying Squirrels (Eastern League) -- metal lunchbox. Again, I gotta give the Flying Suqirrels the nod. The Mets have Jose Reyes, the Flying Suqirrels have Nutzy. Advantage Nutzy.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 5, 2010 4:32 pm

Maddon: 'This is why we need real baseball field'

Joe Maddon
Can you imagine how this one will haunt the Rays if they miss the playoffs by a game? They score six times, including a Jason Bartlett grand slam, to tie the game against the Twins on Thursday, only to lose when a ninth-inning popup by Jason Kubel hits the upper catwalk at Tropicana Field and drops for the go-ahead hit.

 It was only the second time a ball had hit the highest "A" ring on the ceiling in a game.

The heartbreaker was bad for the Rays but might be good for the argument to build a new ballpark. Manager Joe Maddon certainly thinks so, according to his postgame comments:

"That was probably the perfect commercial advertisement, reason to have a new ballpark. There's no better reason than that. I know it works both ways, but to lose a game in a pennant situation like that because of the roof totally indicates why there's a crying need for a new ballpark in this area, regardless of where they put it. It just needs to be a real baseball field, where if you were to lose the pennant by one game and look back on a game like that becasue the roof got in the way, you’d be very upset. There's no better reason than that.''
-- David Andriesen

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