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Happy Birthday–February 17

Pat Pieper (1886)
Nemo Leibold (1892)
Wally Pipp (1893)
Ed Brandt (1905)
Red Barber (1908)
Rod Dedeaux (1914)
Roger Craig (1930)
Cliff Gustafson (1931)
Dick Bosman (1944)
Dave Roberts (1951)
Jamie Easterly (1953)
Mike Hart (1958)
Michael Jordan (1963)
Scott Williamson (1976)
Cody Ransom (1976)
Juan Padilla (1977)
Josh Willingham (1979)

Pat Pieper was the public address announcer for the Chicago Cubs from 1916-1974.  For the first sixteen of those years, he made the announcements with a megaphone.

Rod Dedeaux and Cliff Gustafson were highly successful college baseball coaches, Dedeaux with USC and Gustafson with Texas.

Already known as a basketball star, Michael Jordan played one year of minor league baseball for AA Birmingham in the White Sox organization before returning to the less-challenging sport.

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Game 108: Twins 4, Red Sox 6

The Twins missed a series sweep at Fenway by one game. According to someone, they last swept the BoSox in Boston in our World Championship year of 1991. They managed only 6 hits but recorded 3 runs in the top of the 9th (HR's by Willingham (28!) and Doumit (11)) to make the finale interesting.

Revere extended his hitting streak to 19 games with a single leading off the first - the longest hitting streak since ii made it to 23 games in 2007. He's currently batting .323/.354/.383 and is a staple in the lineup since being recalled from AAA, playing in 73 games for the Twins this season and starting in center on Sunday. He also had a really nice over-the-shoulder catch and completed a double play with his throw to second.

In other news, Blackburn wasn't very good - pitching 5 innings and allowing 9 hits and 4 earned runs while striking out 4.

Before the game, the Twins traded Danny Valencia to the Red Sox for outfielder and 21-year-old prospect Jeremias Pineda. Juicy was immediately sent to AAA Pawtucket. There are rumors that Nishioka has been recalled. I didn't really care to confirm.

Game 100 recap: Twins 12 Cleveland 5

For the most part, the offense has been good the season. Sure there was that no hitter, and the team has been shutout several times. But all and all, good. But, the Twins are throwing out pitchers you would only recognize if you read the JeffA's minor league recaps on a regular basis: Samuel Deduno, Tyler Robertson, Luis Perdomo, the list goes on.

Tonight, Deduno was effectively wild: giving up 2 hits, walking 5, striking out 6 in 7 innings. Is he a long term solution to the pitching staff? Probably not. But it sure if fun to watch batters flail at his nasty curveball.

After hitting (what seemed like) a million groundballs to Jason Kipnis, Josh Willingham mashed a homer in the 4th to get the Twins on the board and take a 2-1 lead. Willingham is having quite a season: that was HR number 27 and 2 RBI gives him 78 and its not even August. Dick Bremer said he going to hit right around 35 HRs'. More like 40-45 and 120ish RBI. And surprisingly, is only 1 walk behind Mauer for the team lead.

Alex Casilla pulled a rabbit out of his hat and had a double and a triple and knocked in 4 (first 4 RBI game since Oct 2 2010) and the Twins breezed to a 12-5 win. Luis Perdomo made his Twins debut and looked shaky and the Tribe scored some run to make the box score look better.

The Twins are now in FORTH PLACE in the AL Central and only 8.5 games back of Cleveland for 3rd. The Twins will try to go for a sweep Sunday 1:10pm. Join the game log, because they have been rocking lately.