September 12, 2007

Wednesday's News/Notes

  • The Twins beat the Royals, 6-3. Scott Baker gave up 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings and allowed the 3 runs. Juan Rincon put two runners on before Pat Neshek came on in the 7th. After walking a batter to load the bases, Neshek got a much-needed double play to end the inning. Matt Guerrier pitched a scoreless inning of relief before Joe Nathan came on to pick up save #32. Jason Bartlett, Joe Mauer and Torii Hunter all went 2-4 with an RBI. Mauer's two hits were doubles. Hunter's RBI put him at 100 on the season. Justin Morneau also drove in a run and also hit a double. Jason Kubel reached base 3 times (including 2 walks) while batting in the #2 spot for the 3rd straight game. He really looks comfortable there and with teams unwilling to want to face Joe Mauer, he should get some good, fat pitches to hit. Carlos Silva will face Gil Meche at 1:10 CT this afternoon. The game will be televised on FSN. Although there was talk that Garrett Jones will play 1st Base again while Justin Morneau DH's in today's game, don't be surprised to see Joe Mauer DH while Matt LeCroy or Chris Heintz catch.
  • As expected, Glen Perkins was activated from the DL prior to the game.
  • What about the Royals? I am really going to be scared when both Billy Butler and Alex Gordon are at their peeks. Gordon is just 23 years old and Butler is only 21. Not to mention Zach Greinke who had "personal issues"in a disappointing '06 may be back on track and they have some great talent in the minor leagues. (As a baseball fan) I really am looking forward to watching these guys develope. It reminds me a bit of the '07 Milwaukee Brewers team. Only I don't think the Royals will compete for another 2-3 years (or until they get a couple more arms in their rotation. (As a Twins fan) I am worried.
  • The Beloit Snappers lost yesterday to the West Michigan White Caps, 4-3 in game one of the Midwest League Championship,. Alex Burnett pitched 8 complete innings for the Snappers, but gave up 4 runs (3 earned) in the loss. All four runs were scored off of home runs. Garrett Olson and Chris Cates drove in run each. Greg Yersich went 2-4 with 2 runs scored. Chris Parmelee and Danny Santiesteban both went 1-4 with a double. Matt Betsill also went had 2 hits. Southpaw Tyler Robertson is scheduled to start game 2 of the series. Robertson picked up 11 strikeouts over 5 2/3 shutout innings in the semi-finals against the Quad Cities Swing.
  • Despite the team's lackluster season, the Chicago White Sox have extended Ozzie Guillen's contract through the 2012 season. As many things as Ozzie Guillen has said/done in his career that we all may not agree with, I have to say I appreciate his views. Mainly because he has praised the Twins organization as being "top notch" in the past and shows a great deal of respect towards to Twins franchise.
  • Some encouraging news, Kevin Everett has shown movement in his arms and legs. The latest is encouraging that the 25-year-old will someday walk again. To be honest, I can see a feel good story coming in 3-4 years for this guy. I don't want to be overly optimistic and I really think that this may be asking for too much, but I have a gut feeling that he will play football again.
  • Yesterday, the story broke that the Patriots were caught video-taping the Jets defensive signals from the sideline. What does this mean? Well I have to say that my thoughts on the Patriots "legacy" is a bit tarnished in that I believe that an asterisk should be put by their Super Bowl "victories." Many think that Barry Bonds should have that, shouldn't they then? Again, it is cheating after all. I wouldn't think a ton about this if it were the first time I heard of them doing this, but unfortunately, it's not. And I agree that the Patriots should be penalized multiple draft picks and the team should also be fined a very hefty amount.
  • Things really can't get much worse for the Michigan Wolverines. After falling to 0-2 on the season, the team found out they may be without starting QB Chad Henne for 2-3 weeks with an injured left knee. I thought that Michigan was going to be a good team this year, despite having their defense diminished by the draft. Reason why I was optimistic about the Wolverines? Well, 3 top seniors, Henne, Jake Long (OT), and Mike Hart (RB) all elected to return for their senior seasons. Those three along with Junior sensation Mario Manningham (WR) gave me optimism for a phenomenal offensive season. They will play the 0-2 Fighting Irish of Notre Dame on Saturday. Should be an interesting season for the Wolverines and Lloyd Carr who I personally don't see finishing the season as Michigan's head coach.