Tag:Adam Everett
Posted on: December 10, 2008 2:23 pm

Orioles close on Izturis

LAS VEGAS -- The Baltimore Orioles are on the verge of landing their shortstop: They've all but finalized a one-year deal with Cesar Izturis, according to sources.

Izturis, 28, hit .263 with a .319 on-base percentage and 24 steals last season for the St. Louis Cardinals. The Orioles had inquired on several other shortstops, including discussing Khalil Greene in trade with San Diego before Greene was shipped to the Cardinals this winter. With Detroit having signed Adam Everett this week, the shortstop market was beginning to dwindle.

Rafael Furcal, who continues talking with Oakland, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Kansas City, remains unsigned, as does Orlando Cabrera.

Posted on: September 19, 2008 12:07 am
Edited on: September 19, 2008 12:07 am

Butcher Boy, pennant races and Miss America

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Minnesota got what manager Ron Gardenhire called its biggest win of the season Thursday thanks in part to something called the "Butcher Boy."

Much as the skipper may be tempted, the term does not mean putting Twins relief pitchers on the butcher block and chopping them up.

It was one of those wild, memorable, late-season, pennant-race games that turned in an instant. And that instant in Minnesota's 11-8 win came with two runs in during the Twins' five-run ninth.

It was 8-8 on second baseman Alexi Casilla's unlikely game-tying, two-run homer. Twins were on first and second with none out and, when Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon called for lefty reliever Trever Miller to replace Dan Wheeler, Twins skipper Ron Gardenhire countered by sending light-hitting shortstop Adam Everett to bat for Kubel.

The idea was for Everett to bunt the runners over.

But Tampa Bay's infield was moving and scrambling all over, charging at the corners with shortstop Jason Bartlett scurrying over to third to cover there.

With the count 2-1 on Everett, Gardenhire and the rest of the Twins were screaming "Butcher Boy!" to Everett from the dugout.

"We always talk about it, when they're running all over the place (on defense), we give (the hitter) an option to slash," Gardenhire said. "If they're moving all over the place, take a whack at it."

Everett did and rifled an RBI double off of the left-field fence, giving the Twins a 9-8 lead.

With a four-game losing streak and trailing the White Sox by 2 1/2 games in the AL Central, it was as welcome a sight as an ice-cold beverage here in hot and humid Florida.

Butcher Boy? Come again?

"You know, the commercial where the little guy is always cutting stuff up?" Gardenhire said.

Uh, nope, can't say I'm familiar with that one.

But a little guy cutting stuff up?

Perfect for the Twins, no?

Oh, and the screams of "Butcher Boy"? Everett didn't hear anything coming from the dugout.

"I was completely locked in," he said. "I was trying to move the runners."

Likes: The Cubs did well when they latched onto catcher Geovany Soto. Did they ever. ... Old friend Patrick Reusse, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune columnist, in town for this series. ... Finding out just yesterday that my buddy Steve Buckley, the Boston Herald columnist, did an offbeat, non-sports column in May on my high school classmate and pal Kaye-Lani Rae Rafko Wilson, better known as Miss America 1988. The column is archived -- as in, you can only read a couple of paragraphs and must pay for the rest -- and I haven't even read it yet, but here's the link. ... My rental car, a Mustang. Fun driving this week. Too bad it's not a convertible.

Dislikes: Man, it's nail-biting time with this economy, isn't it? ... Whatever filthy-mouthed "music" was playing in Minnesota's clubhouse following Thursday's big win. No idea who was "singing", or rapping, but it was Obscene with a capital O. ... Milwaukee's tough, tough loss Thursday. I mean, I wish the Cubs no ill, but they're pretty much already in the playoffs, and what a killer way to go for the Brewers. Leading 6-2, two out and none on in the ninth? And you lose? I can hear the hearts breaking from here.

Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"I was staying at the Marriott
"With Jesus and John Wayne
"I was waiting for a chariot
"They were waiting for a train"

-- Warren Zevon, My Ride's Here


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