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Happy Birthday–November 30

Mordecai Davidson (1845)
Frank Killen (1870)
Josh Billings (1891)
Firpo Marberry (1898)
Clyde Sukeforth (1901)
Steve Hamilton (1935)
Craig Swan (1950)
Juan Berenguer (1954)
Dave Engle (1956)
Steve Shields (1958)
Bob Tewksbury (1960)
Bo Jackson (1962)
Gary Wayne (1962)
Mark Lewis (1969)
Ray Durham (1971)
Matt Lawton (1971)
Shane Victorino (1980)
Rich Harden (1981)
Luis Valbuena (1985)

Mordecai Davidson was the owner of the Louisville Colonels in the late 1880s.  Under financial pressure, he tried to save money in a variety of ways, including fining players each time the team lost.  As a result, he is credited with inspiring the first baseball players' strike.  Nobody ever seems to name their kid "Mordecai" any more.

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1991 Rewind: Game One Hundred Forty-eight

MINNESOTA 6, TEXAS 4 IN MINNESOTA

Date:  Friday, September 20.

Batting stars:  Chili Davis was 2-for-3 with a walk.  Shane Mack was 2-for-4 with a double.  Kirby Puckett was 2-for-5 with two RBIs.  Kent Hrbek was 2-for-5.

Pitching stars:  Denny Neagle pitched four innings, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks and striking out three.  Rick Aguilera struck out two in a perfect inning.

Opposition stars:  Julio Franco was 3-for-5 with a double.  Dean Palmer was 2-for-4 with two home runs (his eleventh and twelfth) and three RBIs.  Jack Daugherty was 2-for-4.

The game:  Singles by Chuck KnoblauchHrbek, and Davis plated a run for the Twins in the first inning.  While each team missed a good chance, the score stayed 1-0 until the fourth, when Palmer homered to tie it 1-1.  The Rangers took the lead in the fifth when Brian Downing walked, went to third on Franco's double, and scored on a sacrifice fly.

The Twins went back in front in the sixth.  Hrbek walked, Davis singled, Brian Harper had an RBI single, and Mack had a run-scoring double.  A wild pitch brought home one more run to give the Twins a 4-2 advantage.  That advantage lasted until the next half-inning.  Franco singled and Palmer hit a two-out two-run homer to once again tie the score, this time a 4-4.

The Twins finally took the lead to stay in the eighth.  Mack led off with a single, followed by a sacrifice/fielder's choice and a walk to Randy Bush which left the bases loaded with one out.  With two down, Puckett delivered a two-run single to put the Twins up 6-4.  Texas went down in order in the ninth.

WP:  Gary Wayne (1-0).  LP:  Wayne Rosenthal (1-3).  S:  Aguilera (40).

Notes:  Al Newman started at short in place of Greg Gagne.  Paul Sorrento pinch-hit for him in the eighth.  Bush pinch-hit for Dan Gladden in the eighth.  Gagne pinch-ran for him and stayed in the game at shortstop.  Jarvis Brown replaced Sorrento and went to right field, with Mack moving to left.

Puckett raised his average to .322.  Harper was 1-for-4 and was batting .311.  Mack raised his average to .310.

Carl Willis allowed two runs in three innings to raise his ERA to 2.47.  Terry Leach pitched a third of an inning and allowed no runs to make his ERA 3.03.  Wayne retired both men he faced to make his ERA 3.38.  Aguilera's ERA fell to 2.13.

Newman was 1-for-15 and 2-for-26, dropping his average to .197.

The losing pitcher, Wayne Rosenthal, was with Texas for a little over half of 1991 and also appeared in six games in 1992.  That was his entire major league career.  His numbers were 1-4, 5.40, 1.56 WHIP in 42 games (75 innings).  He didn't pitch very well in AAA, either:  7-12, 4.36, 1.45 WHIP.  He was a reliever his entire career and pitched well at lower levels, but topped out at AA.

This would be Wayne's only win in 1991. He would have fourteen of them for his career.

This was the first time in Aguilera's career that he reached forty saves.  He would do it again in 1992, the only two seasons of his career in which he had forty saves.

The White Sox defeated California 3-2 in eleven innings to avoid losing ground, but as we've observed before, time was running out on them.

Record:  The Twins were 88-60, in first place in the American League West, six games ahead of Chicago.

In the East, Toronto lost and Boston won, so the Red Sox cut the Blue Jays' lead to 1.5 games.

1991 Rewind: Game One Hundred Thirty-eight

MINNESOTA 10, KANSAS CITY 4 IN KANSAS CITY

Date:  Monday, September 9.

Batting starsGreg Gagne was 3-for-4 with a double.  Chuck Knoblauch was 3-for-5 with a double.  Brian Harper was 2-for-4.  Shane Mack was 2-for-5 with two stolen bases (his eighth and ninth), two runs, and two RBIs.  Chili Davis was 2-for-5 with two runs.  Lenny Webster was 1-for-1 with a two-run homer, his third.

Pitching stars:  Tom Edens struck out five in five innings, giving up two runs on five hits and three walks.  Gary Wayne pitched 3.1 scoreless innings, giving up one hit and striking out three.

Opposition star:  Brian McRae was 3-for-4 with a triple.

The game:  It was close most of the way.  In the first, McRae tripled and George Brett singled to give the Royals a 1-0 lead.  In the second Brent Mayne led off with a double and scored on a pair of ground outs to make it 2-0.

The Twins got it going in the fifth.  Mack singled and Gene Larkin reached on an error.  With one out, Gagne had an RBI single and Dan Gladden delivered a two-run triple.  Knoblauch then singled in a run to make the score 4-2 Minnesota.  In the sixth, Davis and Harper singled and an RBI ground out followed, increasing the Twins lead to 5-2.

Kansas City came back in the bottom of the sixth.  Bill Pecota led off with a walk, but the next two men went out.  Then, however, Jim Eisenreich, Kirk Gibson, and McRae all singled, plating two runs and cutting the Twins' lead to 5-4.

That was as close as they would come, though, and the Twins put it away in the last two innings.  In the eighth, Harper singled and pinch-runner Jarvis Brown scored from first on a Mack single.  Mack then stole second and scored on a Gagne single to make it 7-4.  In the ninth Knoblauch led off with a double, went to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a sacrifice fly.  Then Davis singled and Webster hit a two-run homer to bring the final score to 10-4.

WP:  Edens (1-1).  LP:  Mike Boddicker (11-11).  S:  Wayne (1).

Notes:  Larkin was at first base in place of Kent HrbekHrbek pinch-ran for Larkin in the fifth and stayed in the game at first base.  Paul Sorrento pinch-hit for Hrbek in the eighth and stayed in the game at first base.  Brown pinch-ran for Harper in the eighth and was replaced by Webster, who went behind the plate.

Puckett was 0-for-3 and was batting .328.  Harper raised his average to .318.  Mack raised his average to .311.  Webster was now batting .368.  Carl Willis was charged with two runs in two-thirds of an inning to raise his ERA to 2.48.

Sorrento was 0-for-1 to drop his average to .158.  Edens lowered his ERA to 6.00.

Boddicker pitched 5.1 innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits and no walks and striking out three.  This was Boddicker's last full year as a starter.  He wasn't bad, going 12-12, 4.08, 1.37 WHIP.  He would make eight starts and twenty-one relief appearances for the Royals in 1992 and ten starts for Milwaukee in 1993.

This was one of four career saves for Wayne.  He had one in each of 1989, 1990, 1991, and 1993.

Hrbek was being given some time off, presumably due to a minor injury.  This was the only game he would play between September 7 and September 12, and he didn't finish this one.  Larkin presumably came out of the game due to a minor injury as well.  He would not start a game again until September 15, although he would make two pinch-hitting appearances in that time.

The White Sox defeated Oakland 7-1, so the distance between them and the Twins remained the same.

Record:  The Twins were 84-54, in first place in the American League West, 8.5 games ahead of Chicago.