Happy Birthday–June 13

Jim Mutrie (1851)
Bill Bergen (1878)
Gene Desautels (1907)
Mel Parnell (1922)
Dave Rosenfield (1931)
Tom Cheek (1939)
Marcel Lachemann (1941)
Ernie Whitt (1952)
Darrell May (1972)

A part-time catcher for eleven seasons, Bill Bergen played in 947 major league games, gettting 3,028 at-bats.  In those at-bats, he compiled a batting line of .170/.194/.201.  He must have been a tremendous defender.

There do not appear to be any players with connections to the Minnesota Twins who were born on this day.

Summer Salad Satisfaction

In Friday's CoC, Greek(??) was calling for recipes to up his veggie intake. The specific context was Indian food, but I was determined to have burritos last night, so the Indian recipes will have to wait.

Instead, I'm offering a refreshing, crunchy salad/salsa, easy to make and perfect to accompany something On The Grill (ahem -- consider that a Batsignal, Banjo).

Cucumber-Corn Salad with Chile-Lime Dressing

1 can sweet corn (or 2 ears fresh corn, preferably roasted, and stripped) 1/2 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
1 red bell pepper, roasted, peeled and chopped 1 avocado, diced
1 tbsp chopped cilantro, with stems chile-lime vinaigrette to taste

for the dressing:
1 tsp ground chile (New Mexico or California, or paprika can substitute, 1/4 to 1/2 tsp cayenne
a big pinch of kosher salt and a few grinds of black pepper

1-2 cloves of garlic, smushed into a paste, 1 tbsp honey
juice of 1/2 lime plus grated lime zest, extra virgin olive oil

gently heat the chile, salt and pepper to "bloom" the essential oils (a quick zap in the microwave, or heat briefly in a small frying pan). Put into a small mixing bowl and combine with honey, then the garlic and lime. Whisk in olive oil until you've reached your desired consistency (about 1/3 cup of oil). Check for seasoning. If it needs more acidity, add a few drops of red wine vinegar or more lime juice.

gently combine all vegetables and dress with the viniagrette. Mix in the cilantro and serve. This works as a salad or salsa. Great accompaniment to grilled chicken, ribs, pork, fish, black beans...beer and chips.

Game 65: Rangers at Red Wings

No, this isn't the Stanley Cup Finals. This is a baseball game. And it is an opportunity for the Twins to win their third straight series. I would have to say I would be satisfied with a split giving the minor league nature of the lineup, but a win would sure be sweet.

The mound matchup is Matt Harrison vs. Francisco Liriano. So, another lefty to pitch against the Twins, the third in the series. Probably a good time for Justin Morneau to get a few days off, if there is such a thing. Harrison had little margin for error with a below-average K rate and he doesn't help himself much by walking more than average. His groundball rate is only average, but despite all this he has a shiny 122 ERA+. His stats show that he has gotten a ton of popups and double plays and has allowed few line drives, so it looks like he has had pretty good command despite the excessive walks. FWIW, the Twins have hit him well, but most of those in the lineup today weren't in the lineup the last time he pitched against the Twins. Harrison also has been trying to pass a kidney stone, so don't be surprised if he collapses in pain during the game.

Liriano was solid in his last start and hasn't allowed more than two runs in his previous three starts. Hopefully, he's getting ready to start dominating again. For the Twins to continue this run of good play, the starters will have to lead the way. It's difficult to imagine that this lineup will continue to score runs like they have of late. However, I've got to say, Ben Revere is quickly moving up my list of favorite players. GO WINGS!!

Minor Details: Games of 6/11

Rochester 11, Toledo 5 in Toledo.  The Red Wings scored six in the first and never looked back.  Danny Lehmann had four hits and drove in three.  Jeff Bailey singled, doubled, and homered, scoring three times.  Steve Singleton had two doubles and a single, raising his average to .308. Chase Lambin doubled and homered, scoring three times, Mike Hollimon doubled and tripled, and Toby Gardenhire had two hits.  Glen Perkins pitched a scoreless first inning, allowing one hit.  Kyle Waldrop got the win with two shutout innings of relief, striking out two.

Erie 8, New Britain 2 in New Britain.  The SeaWolves scored five in the seventh to put the game away.  Danny Rohlfing had two hits.  Brett Jacobson gave up two runs on five hits and four walks in five innings.  Deolis Guerra took the loss, surrendering six runs (four earned) on five hits and a walk in two innings. Blake Martin threw two shutout innings of relief.

Bradenton 5, Ft. Myers 4 in Bradenton (11 innings).  Aaron Hicks was 3-for-3 with three doubles and three walks.  Steve Liddle and Ramon Santana each singled and doubled.  Nick Romero hit a home run.  Matt Schuld allowed four runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk in six innings, striking out five.  Andrew Albers threw three shutout innings, giving up just one hit.  Matt Hauser allowed a run on six hits and a walk in 1.1 innings to take the loss.

Beloit 6, Lake County 1 in Beloit.  The Snappers scored three in the third and three in the fourth.  Pat Dean pitched 6.2 hitless innings, giving up just two walks and striking out nine, before being removed due to his pitch count.  Wang-wei Lin doubled and homered and Danny Ortiz doubled and singled.

DSL Padres 4, Twins 3 at Padres.  The Padres scored two in the eighth and one in the ninth to overcome a 3-1 deficit.  Jose Ramirez had two hits.  Felix Jorge gave up one run on two hits and a walk in three innings.  Jose Abreu worked four shutout innings, giving up four hits but no walks.  Ezequiel Zarzuela pitched the ninth and took the loss, allowing a run on three hits in a third of an inning.

Remodeled basement. Same half-baked taste.