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A fitting end to a craptastic month. There's no point in wasting any more time dwelling on it. Move along.
Time: 1:10 CDT
Radio: TRN, XM 179
Starting Pitchers: Carlos Carrasco (1-1, 4.85 ERA, 1.31 WHIP) vs. Carl Pavano (1-2, 5.47, 1.22).
Saturday's outburst was great, but it's about time for the Twins to win a series and no better time to do it than against the team in first place. The aged Twins need to give the upstart Indians their comeuppance.
The Twins are now 4-0 in Brian Duensing's starts an 4-12 the other days. That trend needs to be remedied (not the Duensing part, of course).
It also would be nice to finally get a three-game win streak and ensure the White Sox are in last place for at least one more day. Go Twins!!!!1111!!!
MINNEAPOLIS -- A freak incident occurred at Target Field on Saturday afternoon. Something happened that no one could remember happening before.
A second digit went up under the "runs" header on the scoreboard.
"I didn't know it could do that," said John Henry "Fred" Johnson, the ballpark's head of scoreboard operations.
The incident occurred after the Minnesota Twins' Danny Valencia hit a ball over the fence and into the upper deck, scattering several stunned patrons. Many fans in the ballpark were unsure of what just happened and assumed it had been a mistake. In fact, Valencia just jogged around the bases and headed back to home. Some believed Valencia was just going back to the plate to continue his at-bat as a sort of "do-over."
However, Valencia only touched home plate and continued back to the dugout. The confusion may have led to the incident, as the second digit went up on the scoreboard after Valencia touched home.
"We were scrambling, trying to figure out what went wrong," Johnson said, "but the official scorekeeper told us to leave it alone. So, we did."
The Indians didn't seem to notice, as they didn't make any complaints and the inning continued. The Twins appeared to enjoy it as they seemed downright giddy in the dugout.
Valencia refused to apologize afterward.
"I'm going to do that every chance I get," he said. "We need to see that second digit again."