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Posted on: September 17, 2010 6:49 pm
 

Konerko OK, says situation was handled correctly

Paul Konerko The odd codes of baseball were on display Thursday night in Chicago -- Carl Pavano accidentally hit Paul Konerko in the face with a pitch, setting off a chain reaction of baseball logic and justice.

Konerko, knowing it wasn't intentional and being pretty darn tough, got up and went to first -- only to retaliate by homering in his next at-bat.

Before Konerko had his chance to respond with the homer, White Sox starter Mark Buehrle decided he needed to intentionally hit the Twins' first batter, Michael Cuddyer, because the Twins accidentally hit his player. Cuddyer, apparently, understood and just took his base. Does all that seem right?

In baseball world, it was.

"I think everybody handled it right," Konerko told the Chicago Tribune . "Mike Cuddyer was perfect. He knows the game. Everybody involved in that little situation last night handled it perfectly. Unfortunately, you don't see that too much nowadays. The umpires handled it perfectly as well."

As if his homer wasn't proof enough that he was fine, Konerko said he was OK a day later, suffering from just a fat lip and a sore nose.

"Any time you get hit up in that area, your first thought is the eye," Konerko said. "You want to make sure both your eyes are OK, or at least your left one. After that, just checking my teeth and after that, everything is kinda replaceable."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 16, 2010 9:32 pm
Edited on: September 17, 2010 1:34 am
 

Konerko gets payback

Paul Konerko Unlike Derek Jeter, there was little little doubt Paul Konerko was hit on Thursday. In the first inning, Twins starter Carl Pavano hit Konerko in the face.

Konerko was examined and stayed int he game. In his next at-bat, he homered, cutting a Twins lead to 3-1.

The White Sox retaliated, as Mark Buehrle hit Michael Cuddyer in the back on the first pitch of the second inning, prompting home plate umpire Jerry Crawford to issue warnings to both teams. The Twins then made the Sox pay, as Cuddyer scored on back-to-back singles to start a three-run inning.

UPDATE: Following the Twins' 8-5 victory, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen made the case for keeping the free-agent-to-be with Chicago.

"I hope my players, not just White Sox players -- look themselves in the mirror and see what this guy did," Guillen told the Chicago Tribune . "This guy has a chance to be the MVP. Great numbers, great career. Stepped it up like a man and played the game. That's something a lot of people got to look themselves in the mirror, and you're going to grow up with somebody, and you're going to grow up with a guy like that, you're going to come out as a good ballplayer."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 23, 2010 9:57 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:53 am
 

Rangers' no-hitter broken up in 9th

Rich Harden The Rangers' Rich Harden has a no-hitter through six innings against the Twins.

Harden has walked four and stuck out five.

However, it's taken him 94 pitches to get through six and Ron Washington had a reliever up and warming in the bullpen after a leadoff walk in the sixth. A double play and a long fly later, the Harden went back to the dugout, nine outs away from the season's sixth no-hitter.

This is Harden's first start off the disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis.

The Rangers lead 3-0.

UPDATE: After Joe Mauer flied out and Jason Kubel struck out, Harden walked Michael Cuddyer on four pitches. He threw 111 pitches and Ron Washington came out to talk to Harden before replacing him with lefty Matt Harrison to face Jim Thome. Harden had only thrown more than 111 pitches once this season.

UPDATE: Thome lined out to end the seventh. The last combined no-hitter in the big leagues was June 11, 2003, when Roy Oswalt left after one inning with an injury and was followed by Peter Munro (2 2/3 innings), Kirk Saarloos (1 1/3 innings), Brad Lidge (2 innings), Octavio Dotel (1 inning) and Billy Wagner (1 inning).

UPDATE: Darren O'Day retired three consecutive outs to set up Neftali Feliz to finish off the no-hitter.

UPDATE: Feliz is in. Denard Span pops up for the first out. Orlando Hudson walks. Joe Mauer singles up the middle on an 0-2 count to break up the no-hitter. Well played, Mauer.

UPDATE: The Rangers finish out the one-hitter and win, 4-0.

-- 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: June 8, 2010 5:25 pm
 

Twins DL Hudson, but not Hardy


Manager Ron Gardenhire just told reporters the Twins have placed second baseman Orlando Hudson on the disabled list with a wrist injury. Hudson hasn't played since May 31, when he collided with Denard Span and hurt his surgically repaired left wrist. He'll be eligible to return June 15.

Shortstop J.J. Hardy, also sporting a sore wrist, was considered a candidate for the DL. Instead, he had a cortisone shot and the team will see how he responds in the next few days.

Taking Hudson's spot on the roster is Michael Cuddyer, who has been on the bereavement list while attending his father-in-law's funeral.

-- David Andriesen


 
 
 
 
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