April 8, 2009

Twins Rundown: April 8, 2009

Make sure to check out Parker Hageman's article he posted here at Baseball Digest called Award Context: Jim Perry's 1970. The article was well written and really shows how sometimes wins can really be the main indicator among award voters. Twins fans have seen it recently when Johan Santana (16 wins) finished third in the 2005 American League Cy Young voting behind Bartolo Colon (21 wins) and Mariano Rivera. While five wins is a bit much, I still believe Santana was a much better pitcher that year (bias aside).

Also, check out Nick Nelson's recap of last night's wild late-inning comeback. While your at it, check out the recaps by Seth Stohs, Josh Johnson, Alex Halsted and Aaron Gleeman.

Twins catcher Mike Redmond could be headed for the disabled list if he isn't ready to play by tonight. The Twins could probably go with the switch-hitting Jose Morales for a day or so, but the Twins would probably like to find out prior to the Rochester Red Wings opening game on Thursday, in case they do in fact need to make a roster move while calling up Drew Butera.

Scott Baker is continuing to rehab his sore shoulder down in Fort Myers. If everything goes as planned, Baker will start for the Ft. Myers Miracle on Friday and rejoin the team next Wednesday against the Toronto Blue Jays.

La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, talked to Twins starter R.A. Dickey after last nights game and Dickey told him that if the Twins had to go to extra innings, he was told by manager Ron Gardenhire to "spike up" and get ready to play the outfielder if needed. Obviously the Twins would go to pretty extensive lengths to avoid this, but it was pretty commical to hear Dickey's reaction.

Seth Stohs of Seth Speaks (and Baseball Digest) hosted a great Twins weekly podcast last night. He featured Twins minor league pitcher and WBC star Tom Stuifbergen of the Netherlands as well as Parker Hageman of Over The Baggy (and Baseball Digest).

After listening to that, make sure to hear John Bonnes of The Twins Geek and Nick Nelson of Nick's Twins Blog (and Baseball Digest) on last night's podcast at MNGameNight.com.

Tonight, the Twins will look to make it two in a row against the Mariners facing old friend Carlos Silva. Kevin Slowey will take the mound for the Twins. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM CT at the Metrodome.