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1970 Rewind: All-star Game


Date:  Tuesday, July 14.

Twins:  Harmon Killebrew started at third base and went 1-for-2 with a walk.  Tony Oliva was a reserve outfielder and went 1-for-2 with a double and a walk.  Jim Perry struck out three in two innings, giving up one run on one hit and one walk.

The game:  Neither team got a man to third base for five innings.  In the sixth, Ray Fosse led off with a single, was bunted to second, and scored on a Carl Yastrzemski single to give the Americans a 1-0 lead.  It went to 2-0 in the seventh, as Brooks Robinson hit a one-out single, Oliva walked, Dave Johnson got an infield single, and Fosse hit a sacrifice fly.

The Nationals got on the board in the bottom of the seventh.  Bud Harrelson singled, Cito Gaston walked, and Denis Menke was hit by a pitch, loading the bases with none out.  Willie McCovey hit into a double play, but a run scored to make it 2-1.

The Americans took what looked like a commanding lead in the eighth.  Yastrzemski and Willie Horton singled, and Robinson hit a two-out triple, scoring them both and making the score 4-1.  In the bottom of the ninth, however, Dick Dietz led off with a home run.  Harrelson singled, Joe Morgan hit a one-out single, McCovey had an RBI single, and Roberto Clemente hit a sacrifice fly, tying it 4-4.

It stayed 4-4 until the twelfth.  With two out, Pete Rose and Billy Grabarkewitz singled, putting men on first and second.  Jim Hickman then delivered an RBI single to win the game for the Nationals.

WP:  Claude Osteen,

LP:  Clyde Wright

S:  None.

Notes:  As you probably know, the game ended on the famous (or infamous) play in which Rose ran over Fosse.  It's not really accurate to say the play ended Fosse's career--he was a starter for two more seasons and a part-time catcher for five seasons after that.  It clearly affected his career, of course.  People have debated endlessly whether what Rose did was a hard-nosed play or a cheap shot.  To a large extent, it depends on what you think of Pete Rose.

There were four pitchers who pitched three innings in this game and four more who pitched two innings.  Someone pitching two innings in the all-star game is rare these days.  Three is unheard of.  We could debate whether that's a good thing or a bad thing.  Subjectively, though, I think the game was more fun when the starting pitcher threw three innings.

Rod Carew clearly would have been an all-star had he not been injured.

Two players for the Americans played the entire game:  Luis Aparicio and Yastrzemski.  Dave Johnson played ten innings, coming out as part of a double switch.

As these rewinds are for the Twins, we usually have just American League players.  I thought it might be fun to do the all-star game, to hear some great National League names again, too. I hope you enjoyed it.

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