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2015 All-Star Game – Cincinnati

Each year since 2004, in their fall Updates & Highlights release, Topps includes special game-used jersey cards of (almost) each of the participants, which are inserted randomly in packs. In honor of Perk's third AS Game and Dozier's first, here are all the Twins cards made...so far.

2004: Joe Nathan
as 2004

2005: Joe Nathan, Johan Santana
as 2005

2006: Joe Mauer, Johan Santana, Francisco Liriano (not included)
as 2006

2007: Justin Morneau, Torii Hunter, Johan Santana
as 2007

2008: Joe Mauer (starter), Joe Nathan, Justin Jason Morneau
as 2008

2009: Joe Nathan, Joe Mauer (starter)
as 2009

2010: Joe Mauer (starter)
as 2010

2011: Michael Cuddyer
as 2011

2012: Joe Mauer
as 2012

2013: Glen Perkins, Joe Mauer (starter)
as 2013

2014: Glen Perkins, Kurt Suzuki (not included)
as 2014

Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, OH 6PM on FOX
Tonight's starters: Houston Astros first timer Dallas Keuchel vs LA Dodgers 3-time All-Star Zack Greinke

For a safe bet, put your money on neither starter going more than three innings. Will Perk get a second consecutive save?

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Game 83: Orioles 2, Twins 4 (in 10 innings)

Brian Dozier (.260/.332/.517) didn't make the MLB All-Star game off of the fan's ballot, but those of us in Minnesota know what he's meant to the team this year. Last night, with 1 on and 1 out in the 10th inning, he hit his 17th homer to left to walk-off the Orioles, helped the Twins to move to 44-39 (2nd WC spot), scored his league-leading* 63rd run, 41st & 42nd RBI (third place on the Twins roster) and improved his team-leading OPS to .849. Among Second Basemen in the American League, only Jason Kipnis has had a better offensive first half (.340/.416/.503). I'm hoping fans of Major League Baseball make the right choice and Dozier is voted in. It'll be tough, three of the other 4 options are from NY, Bos & Chi-town, and the Royals fans have shown their ability to get out the vote (Moustakas is the 4th option).

Vote here if you'd like to see Brian accompany Glen Perkins to Cincinnati.

Every run last night was scored via the long ball: Solo home runs from Manny Machado & Adam Jones for the Orioles and Torii Hunter & Aaron Hicks for the Twins, followed by the 2-Run shot from Dozier.

Trevor May, pitching out of the bullpen due to the reinstatement of Ervin Santana, racked up the win after throwing 16 pitches in the top-half of the 10th, giving up 1 hit and striking out 1. Tommy Hunter, in a similar spot for Baltimore, took the loss.

*Tied with Josh Donaldson

Photo: Brad Rempel, USA TODAY Sports