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2002 Rewind: Game Forty-five


Date:  Sunday, May 19.

Batting star:  Dustan Mohr was 2-for-4.

Pitching stars:  Mike Jackson pitched 1.2 scoreless innings, giving up one hit.  J. C. Romero pitched a scoreless inning, walking one and striking out one.

Opposition stars:  Roger Clemens struck out thirteen in eight shutout innings, giving up four hits and two walks.  Alfonso Soriano was 3-for-4.  Robin Ventura was 1-for-3 with a two-run homer, his eleventh, and a walk.

The game:  Derek Jeter singled home Soriano in the first inning, giving the Yankees a 1-0 lead before anyone was out.  It stayed 1-0 until the sixth, when Ventura hit a two-run homer.  The Twins had men on second and third in the second and on first and third in the fourth.  They also got the tying run to the plate with two out in the ninth, but Mariano Rivera struck out pinch-hitter Brian Buchanan to end the game.

WP:  Clemens (7-2).  LP:  Matt Kinney (1-4).  S:  Mariano Rivera (13).

Notes:  Kielty again played first base, going 1-for-4 to make his average .324.  David Ortiz was in the lineup as the DH...Jay Canizaro was at third, with Denny Hocking at second...Kinney struck out six in 5.1 innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on eight hits and a walk...Torii Hunter was 0-for-4, dropping his average to .331...Mohr raised his average to .324...A. J. Pierzynski was 0-for-2 with a walk, making his average .303...Jackson's ERA fell to 1.00...Romero's ERA was 0.36...Future Twins Rondell White was in the lineup for the Yankees, going 0-for-3.

Record:  The Twins were 25-20, in first place by a half game over Chicago, who had gone 3-7 over the last ten games just as the Twins had.

Happy Birthday–November 18

Deacon McGuire (1863)
Jack Coombs (1882)
Les Mann (1892)
Gene Mauch (1925)
Roy Sievers (1926)
Danny McDevitt (1932)
Cal Koonce (1940)
Jim Shellenback (1943)
Steve Henderson (1952)
Luis Pujols (1955)
Mike Felder (1961)
Jamie Moyer (1962)
Dante Bichette (1963)
Ron Coomer (1966)
Tom Gordon (1967)
Gary Sheffield (1968)
Shawn Camp (1975)
David Ortiz (1975)
Steve Bechler (1979)
C. J. Wilson (1980)

Roy Sievers was a star for the franchise when it was in Washington in the 1950s.

There are seventy-six current and former major league players born on this day. I'm pretty sure that's the most on any day.

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2002 Rewind: Game Forty-four


Date:  Saturday, May 18.

Batting stars:  Dustan Mohr was 2-for-4 with a double.  Bobby Kielty was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.

Pitching star:  Mike Trombley struck out two in a perfect inning.

Opposition stars:  Ted Lilly struck out nine in seven innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits and one walk.  Bernie Williams was 2-for-2 with two walks.  Jason Giambi was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk.

The game:  Four consecutive singles produced two first-inning runs for the Yankees.  Tom Prince singled home a run in the second to cut the lead to 2-1 and Mohr's RBI double in the sixth tied it 2-2.  In the bottom of the sixth, however, New York opened the inning with a pair of singles, bringing in Bob Wells.  He gave up a three-run homer to Alfonso Soriano to put the Yankees in the lead to stay.  Shane Spencer singled home an insurance run in the seventh.  The Twins put two on with none out in the eighth, but their last six batters were retired.

WP:  Lilly (1-3).  LP:  Tony Fiore (2-1).  S:  None.

Notes:  Brian Buchanan was at DH, going 0-for-4...Kielty was again at first base.  He raised his average to .329...Casey Blake was at third base, going 0-for-4...Prince was in at catcher and was 1-for-4, making his average .333...Denny Hocking was at second, going 0-for-4...Tony Fiore made an emergency start, one of two he would make in 2002 and the only two starts of his career.  He had a fine year in 2002, going 10-3, 3.16, 1.29 WHIP.  If you take out those two starts, though, he's even better:  9-2, 2.79, 1.02 WHIP...Torii Hunter was 1-for-4, making his average .339...Mohr raised his average to .318...This would be the last good outing of Mike Trombley's career.  He would pitch in just one more game.

Record:  The Twins were 25-19, in first place by a half game over Chicago.

Happy Birthday–November 17

George Stallings (1867)
Mike Garcia (1923)
Orlando Pena (1933)
Gary Bell (1936)
Tom Seaver (1944)
Brad Havens (1959)
Mitch Williams (1964)
Paul Sorrento (1965)
Jeff Nelson (1966)
Eli Marrero (1973)
Darnell McDonald (1978)
Ryan Braun (1983)
Nick Markakis (1983)

 George Stallings managed in the major leagues for thirteen years.  He is best remembered as the manager of the 1914 Miracle Braves.

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Australian League Preview

The Australian League starts today.  More accurately, it started today, as with the time difference, the first game of the season has already been completed.  To keep things straight, we'll report on it tomorrow when we report on "Games of November 16", which is what it actually was.

Anyway, there are still six teams in the ABL, although there has been some talk of expansion.  They play ten "rounds", a round being a four-game series that usually runs from Thursday through Sunday.  Monday through Wednesday are off-days unless they need to make up a rainout.

Each team, then, plays forty games, eight against each of the other five teams.  They are all in one league--no divisions--but there are still playoffs.  The second place team takes on the third place team in what appears to be a three-game series.  The winner then takes on the first place team in what appears to be another three-game series.

There are usually a few Twins who play in this league.  It's fun to follow.  I hope you enjoy it.

2002 Rewind: Game Forty-three


Date:  Friday, May 17.

Batting stars:  Bobby Kielty was 4-for-7 with a double and three runs.  Brian Buchanan was 4-for-7 with a double and a stolen base, his second (he had nine stolen bases for his career, six of them with San Diego in 2003).  Denny Hocking was 3-for-7 with three RBIs.

Pitching stars:  Bob Wells pitched a perfect inning.  J. C. Romero pitched 1.2 scoreless innings, giving up one hit while lowering his ERA to 0.37.  Jack Cressend struck out five in three shutout innings, giving up four hits.

Opposition stars:  Never mind.

The game:  It was tempting to just skip over this one entirely.  If you were a Twins fan in 2002, you remember this game.  If you weren't, well, take it from me that you don't want to know.  If you really must know more, you can find the information here.

Record:  The Twins were 25-18, in first place by 1.5 games over Chicago.


Happy Birthday–November 16

Mike McGeary (1850)
Joe Quest (1852)
Paul Foytack (1930)
Frank Bolling (1931)
Harry Chiti (1932)
Minnie Mendoza (1933)
Don Hahn (1948)
Herb Washington (1951)
Glenn Burke (1952)
Curt Wardle (1960)
Dwight Gooden (1964)
Chris Haney (1968)
Pete Rose (1969)
Julio Lugo (1975)
Juan Centeno (1989)

Sprinter Herb Washington played for Oakland for two seasons as a pinch-runner.  He appeared in 105 games but did not play in the field and did not bat.  He stole 31 bases in 48 attempts and scored 33 runs.

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