Tag:Joe Mauer
Posted on: March 13, 2009 1:34 pm

Papelbon says Manny "like cancer"

 PEORIA, Ariz. -- Hey, it could have been worse: Pap could have said that Manny can't dance.

Likes: Manny Ramirez pulling out of his scheduled first Cactus League game because of a "tight hamstring." Very entertaining. Manny never did like spring training much, and is this the first of what are sure to be more Manny Moments for the Dodgers this year than last? ... Joe Mauer's back isn't as bad as feared in Minnesota. ... Syracuse and Connecticut going six overtimes Thursday night in that epic Big East Conference tournament game. What a show. I picked it up toward the end of the first overtime when I returned to the hotel from dinner at. ... Monti's Steakhouse, a landmark on Mill Ave. near the Arizona State campus. The place has character. ... Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. Fascinating read, though you'd better have some time -- it's 700-plus pages. Another winner from Doris Kearns Goodwin. ... Jon Stewart artfully taking apart Jim Cramer on The Daily Show on Thursday night.

Dislikes: There's this high-pitched squeal, a kind of low feedback noise, emanating from ESPN on my hotel TV. No other channels, that I can discern. Nice. Not that I was going to watch any of the college conference tournaments this weekend in my spare time or anything. ...

Sunblock day: Beautiful. Bright, warm and upper 70s.

Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day

"Keep your raft from the riverboat
"Fiction over fact always has my vote
"And wrinkles only go where the smiles have been"

-- Jimmy Buffett, Barefoot Children



Posted on: September 25, 2008 1:00 am

Buehrle good, gets little help

MINNEAPOLIS -- Part of what especially frustrated the Chicago White Sox in Thursday's 3-2 loss to Minnesota was that ace Mark Buehrle was on the mound and, with any run support at all, he walks away with a win instead of maddeningly watching his record fall to 14-12.

"Great game," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said of Buehrle. "You can't ask for any better than that.

"We better start hitting."

Buehrle held the Twins to three runs and eight hits over seven innings. He threw 121 pitches and, during his time on the mound, he held Minnesota, a very good clutch-hitting team, to 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

The way he worked catcher Joe Mauer, who came into the game leading the American League with a .329 batting average, was especially impressive.

In four at-bats, Mauer tapped four ground balls -- a couple harder than others, but nothing significant -- to second base.

What especially impressed Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire, and an early tip-off that Buehrle had his 'A' game, was during Mauer's second-inning at-bat. One out, bases loaded and Buehrle falls behind Mauer 3-and-1.


"He got him to swing down-and-away, and that never happens with Joe," Gardenhire said. "That tells you a little bit about how good this guy is."

The swing resulted into a ground ball to second base, and the play actually scored what turned out to be the winning run when Mauer beat the double-play relay to first base.

"He can run, too," Gardenhire said. "That's the bonus we have with our catcher."

By evening's end, after 42,126 had hollered themselves hoarse and the AL Central had narrowed to a nearly impossibly slim margin with just four games left -- the White Sox lead the Twins by half-a-game -- everybody was spent.

"Exhausted," Gardenhire said. "I mean, exhausted. You sit in that dugout, it's intense. You sit in that dugout and look at the people that are going crazy ... this is what you play for."

Posted on: July 14, 2008 10:32 pm

Making nice in AL Central

NEW YORK -- The skies are even friendlier, apparently, on Tiger Airlines.

After Minnesota finished taking three of four in Detroit over the weekend, the three Twins' All-Star representatives -- first baseman Justin Morneau, catcher Joe Mauer and closer Joe Nathan -- were invited by Tigers manager Jim Leyland to fly to New York on a special charter.

It was Detroit owner Mike Ilitch's private plane, which the Little Caesar's pizza magnate had arranged to fly Leyland, an All-Star coach, and infielder Carlos Guillen to New York.

"That was really nice of him," Mauer said. "We got a little delayed, but it was really nice of him to do."

Air Ilitch, like many other planes carrying All-Stars, was delayed by a couple of hours Sunday night because of thunderstorms in the New York area.

"Saved us from having to go through security at the airport," Morneau said.  "Leyland is a great guy. He's a great manager. I don't know if I was driving him nuts or not. I was asking him questions the whole flight."

Among the things Morneau wanted to know: Who's the best player Leyland ever managed?

Answer: Barry Bonds. "Hands down," Leyland told Morneau.


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