2011 Game 83 – Twins 7, Rays 0

Weather: 83°F, sunny
Wind: 9 mph
Attendance: 39,528
Time: 2:24

Twins record: 37-46 (4th in AL Central, 8.0 GB)
Fangraphs boxscore | MLB Game Wrap


  • Highest WPA, hitter: Nishioka .153 (1-3, 2 RBI, SO) | Highest WPA, pitcher: Duensing .295 (9.0 IP, 6 H, 4 BB, 7 K)
  • Duensing threw his second career shutout.
  • Cuddy go boom! and Juicy!
  • Laddy and Cuddy flashed some leather.


  • Lowest WPA, hitter: Hughes, -.045 (0-4, 3 SO) | Lowest WPA, pitcher: N/A
  • Hughes, pretty much.

As games go this season, yesterday's was a fun one. Well, it would have been a fun one any season, but this one it was a particular treat. Which means I naturally Battey'd the wrap until just now. I guess I'm more used to wrapping a loss at this point.


There's a slightly different image format for this week's View from the Ballpark. Let's see if that helps or hinders:

photo by Nyall and Maryanne

photo by Flickr user Nyall & Maryanne

Remember, no embiggening.

16 thoughts on “2011 Game 83 – Twins 7, Rays 0”

    1. I was gonna guess Tampa Bay due to the empty seats, but the lack of a dome made that unlikely.

    2. Holy smoke that was quick. What tipped you off? I hoped the signs on the light standards were obscured enough, but that was a worry.

      1. It felt Cuban. I know that's a bit wonky, but I just had a feeling. So I squinted a bit, and the home team on the scoreboard looks like MET, which would be Metropolitanos, one of Cuba's best teams. So I searched "Havana Ballpark" and found this picture. From there I searched "Estadio Latinoamericano" to find a picture from inside the park.

        1. No, I totally get it. There's something about the way the outfield bleachers are painted that is very Caribbean. I thought somebody might figure it out based on the building behind the ballpark or via the signs on the light standards, but sometimes playing a hunch is oodles more effective.

  1. One little bit of View from the Ballpark news, which I've cross-posted in the CoC, is that in honor of the doubleheader two weeks from now there will be a different kind of view from the ballpark challenge - replicating the view via your mapping tool of choice. About two months ago I stumbled across the perfect test photo, so we'll see if anyone enjoys that added wrinkle.

      1. I wanted to give everyone fair notice because of how much fun I had when I tried to figure out where exactly the ballpark is, and then to orient the street view to recreate the shot.

  2. There aren't enough CC-licensed photos for a full tour, but here are a few more looks at Estadio Latinoamericano:

    Note the interesting way the bleachers sit behind the outfield wall, which is skeletonized to allow fans in the bottom row to watch out the knotholes.

    photo by Flickr user Nyall & Maryanne

    This is the photo of the ballpark I originally thought I would have to use. The lettering on the light standards is much more visible.

    photo by Flickr user designwallah

    That building behind the ballpark was one of the major clues. What you can't see is its companion. Both bear the names of a team which calls Estadio Latinoamericano home - the Industriales and the Metropolitanos. You might have heard of a few of the Industriales' former players: Yunel Escobar, Orlando Hernández, Livan Hernández, Kendrys Morales, and Rey Ordóñez.

    photo by Flickr user designwallah

    That building appears to have inspired a Cuban souvenir:

    photo by Flickr user Fotos de Camisetas de SANTI OCHOA

    That's about it for available photos. Let's close with a look at some Cuban street ball:

    photo by Flickr user johnnypinball

    1. I didn't even realize that was a photo. It looked so much more like a painting. (Same with the first two here.)

      I saw the Big "I" on the building and wanted to see where the Indianapolis Indians pay now (Victory Stadium, which has the Indianapolis Skyline past its outfield), and where they played in the past (Bush Stadium, which has little past the outfield wall, like this one).

      1. I've toyed with posting Bush Stadium before, but I'm stymied by the lack of photos without all the junked cars inside the ballpark.

  3. There are more fans in that last photo (from johnnypinball) than in the original stadium pic. What's up with that?

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