Winter Wonderland: Games of January 19



Already leading 2-1, Aragua scored four in the seventh to put the game out of reach.  Henry Alejandro Rodriguez hit a grand slam to produce the four runs.  Cesar Hernandez was 2-for-4 to lead Lara.  Nestor Molina pitched 5.2 innings, giving up two runs on six hits and three walks and striking out three.

Record:  Lara and Aragua are tied 3-3 in the best of seven series.

Next game:  Lara hosts Aragua tonight in the deciding game of the semi-final series.



Having scored fifty runs in their last two games, Mayaguez got just three in this one, but it was enough.  It was a seven-inning game, because if Manati had won they were going to play a doubleheader.  Jose Sermo hit a two-run homer in the fifth to give Manati a 2-1 lead, but Henry Ramos hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth to put Mayaguez in the lead to stay.  Ramos was 2-for-3 and had all three of the Mayaguez RBIs.  Emmanuel Rivera was 2-for-3.  Nick Travieso pitched six innings, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks and striking out three.

Record:  Mayaguez sweeps the best-of-seven series 4-0.

Next game:  Mayaguez will open the Puerto Rican League championship series at Caguas Saturday night.


No game scheduled.  Melbourne hosts Brisbane Thursday afternoon.  Melbourne is 11-5, in first place in the Australian League, one game ahead of Adelaide.

Happy Birthday–January 20

Everett Mills (1845)
C. I. Taylor (1875)
William Eckert (1909)
Jimmy Outlaw (1913)
Joe Dobson (1917)
Gene Stephens (1933)
Camilo Pascual (1934)
Dave Boswell (1945)
Cecil Espy (1963)
Ozzie Guillen (1964)
Kevin Maas (1965)
Marvin Benard (1970)
Brian Giles (1971)
David Eckstein (1975)
Matt Albers (1983)
Geovany Soto (1983)

Everett Mills holds the record for most at-bats in a season without drawing a walk (342).

 C . I. Taylor founded the first African-American professional baseball team, the Birmingham Giants, in 1904.

General William Eckert was the commissioner of baseball from 1965-1968,

Marvin Benard played in the major leagues for nine years and could never get announcers to stop calling him "Marvin Bernard".

We would also like to wish a very happy birthday to FTLT’s firstborn and to Twayn's younger daughter.

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Winter Wonderland: Games of January 18



The Aguilas scored five runs in the seventh to break a 2-2 tie.  Luis Juarez homered to break the tie and Jonathan Villar contributed a two-run double.  For the Gigantes, Abiatal Avelino was 2-for-2 with a triple and two walks, scoring twice.  Kelvin Gutierrez was 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs.  Jose Siri was 2-for-5 with a double.  Chris Ellis pitched six innings, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk and striking out two.

Record:  The Gigantes lose the Dominican League Championship series to the Aguilas, three games to four.



Aragua scored three in the first and three in the seventh to build a 6-1 lead.  Lara got the tying run to the plate in the ninth, but no more.  For Lara, Gorkys Hernandez was 2-for-4 and Ildemaro Vargas was 2-for-5 with a double.  Ex-Twin Rene Reyes was 1-for-4 with a two-run homer.  Henry Centeno started but pitched just 1.2 innings, allowing three runs on five hits and three walks and striking out two.

Record:  Lara leads the best-of-seven series three games to two.

Next game:  Lara hosts Aragua tonight.



After scoring thirty runs Sunday, Mayaguez slacked off to just twenty on Monday.  It was 3-2 after two and 9-7 after five, but Mayaguez then scored eight in the sixth and single runs in each of the last three innings.  Ex-Twin Kennys Vargas was 5-for-6 with a home run, a double, three runs, and five RBIs.  Emmanuel Rivera was 4-for-7 with two home runs and three runs.  Jeremy Rivera was 4-for-5 with a home run, a triple, two runs, and four RBIs.  David Vidal was 2-for-5 with a home run and three runs.  Christian Colon was 2-for-5 with two doubles, a walk, two runs, and three RBIs.  Xavier Fernandez was 2-for-5 with a walk and two runs.  Ivan De Jesus was 2-for-7 with a three-run homer and a double.  Luis Medina started and pitched 3.1 innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits and no walks and striking out two.  Yadier Molina, who was the DH for Manati, pitched the last inning for them.

Record:  Mayaguez leads the best-of-seven series 3-0.

Next game:  The schedule shows that Mayaguez and Manati will play a doubleheader today.  The second game, of course, is "if necessary".


No game scheduled.  Their next game is Thursday afternoon, when they host Brisbane.  Melbourne is 11-5, in first place in the Australian League, one game ahead of Adelaide.

2003 Rewind: Game One Hundred Ten


Date:  Sunday, August 3.

Batting stars:  Luis Rivas was 3-for-5 with a triple and a stolen base, his eleventh.  Shannon Stewart was 2-for-4 with a home run (his tenth), a walk, and two runs.  Cristian Guzman was 2-for-4 with a stolen base, his thirteenth.  Doug Mientkiewicz was 2-for-5.

Pitching stars:  Johan Santana struck out seven in six innings, giving up two runs on five hits and three walks.  J. C. Romero struck out three in 1.1 scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk.  Eddie Guardado pitched a scoreless inning, giving up one hit.

Opposition stars:  Warren Morris was 2-for-3 with a walk.  Craig Monroe was 2-for-3 with a walk.  Bobby Higginson was 1-for-4 with a two-run homer, his seventh.

The game:  The Tigers put men on first and second with two out in the first but did not score.  In the bottom of the first Stewart walked, Rivas tripled, and Mientkiewicz singled, giving the Twins a 2-0 lead.  Stewart homered in the second to make it 3-0.  In the third Torii Hunter and A. J. Pierzynski singled and Michael Restovich walked, loading the bases with none out.  A double play scored one run and Guzman singled home another, increasing the lead to 5-0.

Detroit got a leadoff double from Ben Petrick in the fifth but could do nothing with it.  They finally got on the board in the sixth when Morris singled and Higginson hit a two-run homer.  But that was as good as it got for the Tigers.  The Twins got the two runs back in the seventh.  Mientkiewicz and Jacque Jones singled and Restovich walked, loading the bases with two out.  Chris Gomez then doubled home two runs to make the score 7-2.  Detroit got men to second and third with two out in the eighth, but the score remained 7-2.

WP:  Santana (5-3).  LP:  Matt Roney (1-7).  S:  None.

Notes:  Gomez was again at third in the absence of Corey Koskie.  Stewart was in left, Restovich in right, and Jones at DH.

Restovich was 0-for-1 with three walks and was batting .381.  Stewart was batting .319.  Jones was 1-for-3 and was batting .309.  Pierzynski was 1-for-4 and was batting .304.

LaTroy Hawkins pitched two-thirds of an inning and was not scored on, making his ERA 2.50.

Roney was the Tigers starter.  He lasted just two innings and allowed five runs on six hits and four walks and struck out three.  He would finish the year 1-9, 5.45, 1.49 WHIP.  He would make just three major league appearances after the 2003 season, and those were with Oakland in 2006.

The Twins once again got back to .500.  Could they finally get back over the hump?  They would make the attempt in Baltimore.

Record:  The Twins were 55-55, in third place in the American League Central, 4.5 games behind Kansas City.  They were 2.5 games behind second-place Chicago.

Happy Birthday–January 19

Chick Gandil (1888)
Lee Head (1899)
Rip Radcliff (1906)
Chet Trail (1944)
Jon Matlack (1950)
Rich Gale (1954)
Brad Mills (1957)
Rick Adair (1958)
Chris Sabo (1962)
Jim Morris (1964)
Orlando Palmeiro (1969)
Jeff Juden (1971)
Phil Nevin (1971)
Chris Stynes (1973)
Amaury Telemaco (1974)
Byung-Hyun Kim (1979)
James Beresford (1989)
Nick Burdi (1993)

Lee Head played in the minors for twenty-one seasons.  He batted .304, but he was best known for his ability to avoid striking out.  In 1933 he struck out three times in 468 at-bats.  In 1935 he did even better, striking out once in 402 at-bats.

Chet Trail is the only player to have been on a World Series roster who never appeared in a major league game, regular season or post-season.  He is also the last man to make an out against Satchel Paige in an organized baseball game while playing in the Carolina League in 1966.  After baseball, he became a pastor and eventually a bishop in the Church of God in Christ.

Third baseman Brad Mills was drafted by Minnesota in the 16th round of the 1977 January draft, but did not sign.

Rick Adair was in baseball from 1979-2013.  Most recently, he was the pitching coach of the Baltimore Orioles.  He is the nephew of former Twins pitching coach Art Fowler.

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