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Happy Birthday–April 9

Doc White (1879)
Hippo Vaughn (1888)
Vic Sorrell (1901)
Fred Frankhouse (1904)
Claude Passeau (1909)
Zip Payne (1909)
Joe Brinkman (1944)
Peter Gammons (1945)
Nate Colbert (1946)
Kirk McCaskill (1961)
Hal Morris (1965)
Graeme Lloyd (1967)
Rudy Hernandez (1968)
A. J. Ellis (1981)
David Robertson (1985)
Luis Arraez (1997)

Cecil "Zip" Payne was a long-time minor-league player and manager, collecting 2,179 hits.

Joe Brinkman and Derryl Cousins hold the record for most games umpired together, 2,123.

Rudy Hernandez was an infielder in the Mets organization from 1987-1991, reaching AA.  With the exception of 2004, he has been a manager or coach in the Twins' organization since 2001.  He is currently a batting coach for the major league team.

We would also like to wish a happy birthday to Mama MagUidhir.

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2021 Game Log 4: Minnesota Twins at Detroit Twins Tigers

Well, the Twins basically got the series sweep, if not technically (I forget what happened at the end of that first game). I'd call it a decent start to the year.

They hop over Lake Michigan for a three game set with Tigers, all DAY GAME ALERTs. Looks like we'll be spending our lunch breaks with the Twins this week.

A lot of familiar faces in the other dugout this series, including Akil Baddoo who cranked a donger on the first major league pitch he saw. I have a feeling he won't be offered back to the Twins this year...

Shoemaker makes his Twins debut facing off against Jose Urena in a battle of the righties. Nelson Cruz also debuts in his natural position, so hopefully the Boomstick can start to get into a groove. It's a nice, warm day to enjoy some afternoon baseball.

2003 Rewind: League Leaders

Twins in the top ten in the American League in various categories:

POSITION PLAYERS

Defensive WAR

  1. Hank Blalock, Tex, 3.0

10.  A. J. Pierzynski, 1.5

Batting average

  1.  Bill Mueller, Bos, .346

8.  Pierzynski, .312

OBP

  1.  Manny Ramirez, Bos, .427

9.  Doug Mientkiewicz, .393

Triples

  1.  Cristian Guzman, 14

4 (tie).  Luis Rivas, 9

Hit by pitch

  1. Jason Giambi, NY, 21

6 (tie).  Pierzynski, 15.

Sacrifice hits

  1.  Ramon Santiago, Det., 18

3. Guzman, 12.

9 (tie). Rivas, 8

Sacrifice flies

  1.  Jeff Conine, Bal., 12

6 (tie).  Corey Koskie, 9.

Intentional walks

  1.  Ramirez, Bos., 28

5 (tie).  Pierzynski, 12.

GIDP

  1. Paul Konerko, Chi, 28

6 (tie).  Rivas, 20.

Caught Stealing

  1.  Alex Sanchez, Det., 18

5 (tie). Guzman, 9.

AB per strikeout

  1. Deivi Cruz, Bal., 11.2

9 (tie).  Doug Mientkiewicz, 8.9
Pierzynski, 8.9

PITCHERS

Walks per nine innings

  1. David Wells, NY, 0.85

3. Brad Radke, 1.09

6.  Kyle Lohse, 2.02

Games

  1.  Trever Miller, Tor, 89

5. LaTroy Hawkins, 74

6 (tie).  J. C. Romero, 73

Saves

  1.  Keith Foulke, Oak., 43
  2. Eddie Guardado, 41

Strikeouts

  1. Esteban Loaiza, Chi, 207

8 (tie).  Johan Santana, 169

Starts

  1. Roy Halladay, Tor, 36

8 (tie).  Radke, 33
Lohse, 33

Complete games

  1.  3 tied at 9

7 (tie).  Radke, 3

Shutouts

  1. 5 tied at 2

6 (tie).  Rick Reed, 1
Lohse, 1
Radke, 1

Home runs allowed

  1.  3 tied at 34

4. Radke, 32.

Hits allowed

  1. Halladay, Tor., 343

3 (tie).  Radke, 242

8 (tie).  Kenny Rogers, 227

K/BB

  1.  Halladay, 6.38

5. Radke, 4.29

10.  Lohse, 2.89

Earned Runs allowed

  1. 2 tied at 123

4 (tie).  Radke, 106

Wild pitches

  1. Victor Zambrano, TB, 15

6 (tie).  J. C. Romero, 9

Hit by pitch

  1. Zambrano, TB, 20

8 (tie).  Rogers, 11.

Games finished

  1.  Foulke, Oak, 67

3.  Guardado, 60.

Adjusted pitching runs

  1.  Pedro Martinez, Bos., 49

8.  Santana, 27.

Adjusted pitching wins

  1. Martinez, Bos., 5.1

8. Santana, 2.7

Base-out runs saved

  1.  Martinez, Bos., 52.61

6.  Santana, 33.22

WPA

  1. Loaiza, Chi, 5.3

7.  Hawkins, 4.1

9.  Santana, 3.7

Sit. Wins Saved

  1. Tim Hudson, Oak, 4.8

8.  Santana, 2.7

Championship WPA

1. Martinez, Bos, 5.5

3.  Hawkins, 4.7

8.  Santana, 2.5

Base-out wins saved

  1.  Martinez, Bos., 5.5

6.  Santana, 3.3

2003 Rewind: ALDS, Game Four

NEW YORK 8, MINNESOTA 1 IN MINNESOTA

Date:  Sunday, October 5.

Batting stars:  Torii Hunter was 3-for-4.  A. J. Pierzynski was 2-for-4.

Pitching star:  Eric Milton pitched 3.1 scoreless innings of relief, giving up two hits and striking out two.

Opposition stars:  David Wells pitched 7.2 innings, giving up one run on eight hits and no walks and striking out four.  Derek Jeter was 2-for-4 with a home run and a walk.  Jason Giambi was 2-for-4 with two doubles.  Alfonso Soriano was 2-for-5 with two RBIs.  Jorge Posada was 2-for-5.

The game:  Well, it was good for three innings.  The Twins got a man to second in both the second and third, but could not get him farther.  The Yankees had only one hit, and did not advance the man past first.

Then came the fourth.  Jeter struck out, but Giambi and Bernie Williams hit back-to-back doubles to get New York on the board.  Posada singled to put men on first and third.  Hideki Matsui hit a ground-rule double to make it 2-0.  Aaron Boone popped up and Juan Rivera was intentionally walked to load the bases.  It backfired, as Nick Johnson doubled home two and Soriano singled home two more.  It was 6-0 Yankees, and the game and the series were pretty much over at that point.

They played the remaining five and a half innings, of course.  The Twins got on the board in the bottom of the fourth on consecutive singles by HunterPierzynski, and Michael Cuddyer.  The Yankees scored in the eighth when Boone singled, stole second, and scored on a bunt single-plus-error by Rivera.  The Twins got a pair of two-out singles in the eighth to drive Wells from the game, but did not score.  Jeter homered leading off the ninth.

WP:  Wells.  LP:  Johan Santana.  S:  None.

Notes:  The Twins used their standard lineup with the exception of Cuddyer at DH.  Shannon Stewart was in left and Jacque Jones in right.  There were no in-game lineup substitutions.

Santana was dealing with a hamstring issue, which is likely why he could not keep it going after three innings.  His line was 3.2 innings, six runs, six hits, one walk, and three strikeouts.

The Twins were outscores sixteen to six in the series.  Six runs over four games, and three in the last three, is not likely to get the job done.

Little did we know the string of post-season futility this series began.

Record:  The Twins lost the best-of-five series, three games to one.

2003 Rewind: ALDS, Game Three

NEW YORK 3, MINNESOTA 1 IN MINNESOTA

Date:  Saturday, October 4.

Batting stars:  A. J. Pierzynski was 1-for-3 with a home run.  Shannon Stewart was 1-for-3 with a walk.

Pitching stars:  Kenny Rogers struck out three in 1.1 scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk.  J. C. Romero pitched 1.1 scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk.  Juan Rincon pitched 1.1 scoreless innings, giving up a walk and striking out one.

Opposition stars:  Roger Clemens pitched seven innings, giving up one run on five hits and a walk and striking out six.  Juan Rivera was 3-for-4.  Bernie Williams was 2-for-3 with a double and two walks.  Hideki Matsui was 2-for-4 with a two-run homer.  Mariano Rivera struck out three in two perfect innings.

The game:  Williams doubled leading off the second and Matsui hit a one-out two-run homer to give the Yankees the early lead.  It went to 3-0 in the third on singles by Rivera, Derek Jeter, and Williams.  A. J. Pierzynski led off the bottom of the third with a home run to cut the lead to 3-1.

And that's where it stayed.  The Twins got a pair of two-out singles in the fifth, but pinch-hitter Michael Ryan struck out to end the inning.  Doug Mientkiewicz led off the sixth with a single-plus-error but was stranded on second.  Mariano Rivera again came into the game at the start of the eighth inning and the Twins could again do nothing against him.

WP:  Clemens.  LP:  Kyle Lohse.  S:  Rivera.

Notes:  The Twins again used the same lineup.  Ryan pinch-hit for Luis Rivas in the fifth.  Denny Hocking went in to play second base.  Lew Ford pinch-hit for Hocking in the eighth.  Chris Gomez went in to play second base.

Lohse started and pitched five innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks and striking out five.  He threw 105 pitches in those five innings.  The Yankees of that era made you work, as have the Yankees in many eras.

The Twins were 0-for-6 with men in scoring position.

The Twins had held New York to eight runs over the three games.  The trouble was the Twins had only scored five, and had scored just one in each of the last two games.  The record of teams scoring one run is better than that of teams scoring zero, but it's still not very good.

The Twins would send Johan Santana, who was still dealing with an injured hamstring, to the mound to try to save the season the next day.  He would face David Wells for New York.

Record:  The Twins were 1-2 in the best-of-five series.

2003 Rewind: ALDS, Game Two

NEW YORK 4, MINNESOTA 1 IN NEW YORK

Date:  Thursday, October 2.

Batting starsShannon Stewart was 2-for-3 with a walk.  Torii Hunter was 2-for-4 with a home run.  Those were the only hits the Twins had.

Pitching stars:  Brad Radke pitched 6.1 innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks and striking out four.  Juan Rincon pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk.

Opposition stars:  Andy Pettitte struck out ten in seven innings, giving up one run on four hits and three walks.  Alfonso Soriano was 3-for-4 with a stolen base and two runs.  Jason Giambi was 2-for-4 with two RBIs.  Mariano Rivera pitched two perfect innings and struck out one.

The game:  Singles by Soriano, Derek Jeter, and Giambi loaded the bases for the Yankees with none out in the first.  All the Yankees could do, though, was get a sacrifice fly from Bernie Williams to take a 1-0 lead.  The Twins got a man to second with two out in the third and New York had a man on second with one out in the fourth, but the score remained 1-0.

Hunter led off the fifth with a home run to tie it 1-1.  An error and a single put men on first and third with two out, but the Twins could not take the lead.  The Yankees had men on first and second with two out in the fifth and the Twins had men on first and second with two out in the sixth, but the score remained tied.

But New York took control in the seventh.  Nick Johnson was hit by a pitch and was bunted to second.  Soriano delivered an RBI single to give the Yankees the lead.  Jeter then reached on an error, putting men on second and third, and Giambi hit a two-run single to make it 4-1 New York.  Rivera came in and the Twins could do nothing with him, so there is where the score ended.

WP:  Pettitte.  LP:  Radke.  S:  Rivera.

Notes:  Stewart was in left and Jones in right.  The Twins made no in-game lineup substitutions.

LaTroy Hawkins had a great year, but he couldn't get it done in this game.  He entered in the seventh with the score tied, a man on second, and one out.  He gave up the Soriano single, made the error on Jeter's grounder, and gave up the Giambi single.  J. C. Romero got the side out after that, but the game was gone.

Hunter and Stewart were batting .500 over the two games.  Corey Koskie was batting .250.  No other Twin was over .167.

Still, the Twins were even in the series, and were coming home for the next two games.  It seemed like they had a good chance to win the series.  At the risk of revealing a spoiler, it didn't quite work out that way.

Record:  The Twins were tied with the Yankees 1-1 in the best-of-five series.

2003 Rewind: ALDS, Game One

MINNESOTA 3, NEW YORK 1 IN NEW YORK

Date:  Tuesday, September 30.

Batting stars:  Corey Koskie was 2-for-4 with a double.  Shannon Stewart was 2-for-5 with a double.

Pitching stars:  Johan Santana pitched four shutout innings, giving up three hits and two walks and striking out three.  J. C. Romero pitched 1.1 scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk and striking out one.  LaTroy Hawkins struck out four in two shutout innings, giving up one hit.

Opposition stars:  Derek Jeter was 2-for-3 with a walk.  Aaron Boone was 2-for-4 with a double.  Bernie Williams was 2-for-4.  Alfonso Soriano was 2-for-5 with a double and a stolen base.  Mike Mussina pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and three walks and striking out six.

The game:  Stewart opened the game with a ground-rule double, but was stranded at third base.  The Twins got on the board in the third, however.  One-out singles by Cristian Guzman and Stewart put men on first and third, and Luis Rivas hit a sacrifice fly, putting the Twins up 1-0.

The Yankees got a pair of two-out walks in the third but stranded them.  The Twins loaded the bases with two out in the fourth but also stranded them.  New York got a two-out double in the fifth but again could score.

The Twins added to their lead in the sixth.  Matthew LeCroy led off with a single.  With one out, Torii Hunter circled the bases on a triple-plus-error, giving the Twins a 3-0 lead.  The Yankees had men on first and second with none out in the seventh and did not score.  The Twins had men on first and second with one out in the eighth but were also turned aside.  It was still 3-0 going to the ninth.

New York did not go away quietly.  Williams led off with a single.  With one out, Boone doubled, putting men on second and third and bringing the tying run up to bat.  Ruben Sierra flied out, but Soirano singled, making it 3-1, putting the tying run on base, and bringing the deciding run up to bat.  But Nick Johnson grounded to third and game one belonged to the Twins.

WP:  Hawkins (1-0).  LP:  Mussina (0-1).  S:  Eddie Guardado (1).

Notes:  No spring training lineup here.  All the regulars played the whole game.  It was Stewart in left, Jacque Jones in right, and LeCroy at DH.

Santana had a hamstring injury which limited him to four innings.  The bullpen stepped up and came through.  Rick Reed was the first man out of the pen, and while the Twins might have hoped he would fill up some innings he pitched to just three batters, retiring the first two before giving up a double to Soriano.  First Romero and then Hawkins picked up the slack.  Closer Eddie Guardado had the worst game of any of the pitchers, but managed to get the job done.

Mussina had gone 2-0, 1.20 against the Twins in two starts (15 innings).  For his career he was 22-6, 3.09.  The Twins didn't exactly knock him all over the park, but they scored enough runs to win.

The Twins stranded 8 and were 1-for-6 with men in scoring position.  The Yankees stranded 10 and were 1-for-10 with men in scoring position.

Ah, those wonderful, innocent days of youth, when we actually thought the Twins had a chance to beat the Yankees in a playoff series.

Record:  The Twins were 1-0 in the best-of-five playoff series.

Happy Birthday–March 13

Frank "Home Run" Baker (1886)
Patsy Gharrity (1892)
Alejandro Oms (1895)
C. Arnholt Smith (1899)
Doug Harvey (1930)
Bill Dailey (1935)
Steve Barber (1948)
Randy Bass (1954)
Terry Leach (1954)
Yoshihiko Takahashi (1957)
Luis Aguayo (1959)
Mariano Duncan (1963)
Will Clark (1964)
Jorge Fabregas (1970)
Scott Sullivan (1971)
Johan Santana (1979)
Mike Aviles (1981)
Robinson Leyer (1993)

Outfielder Alejandro Oms was a star in Cuba and in the Negro Leagues.

C. Arnholt Smith was the original owner of the San Diego Padres.

Doug Harvey was a National League umpire from 1962-92.

Infielder Yoshihiko Takahashi has the longest hitting streak in Japanese professional baseball.

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2003 Rewind: Game One Hundred Sixty-two

DETROIT 9, MINNESOTA 4 IN DETROIT

Date:  Sunday, September 28.

Batting stars:  Chris Gomez was 2-for-3 with a home run.  Michael Ryan was 2-for-3 with two doubles.  Matthew LeCroy was 2-for-3 with a double.

Pitching stars:  Kyle Lohse pitched three innings, giving up one run on three hits and no walks and striking out one.  Juan Rincon pitched a perfect inning.  Grant Balfour struck out two in a scoreless inning, giving up two hits.

Opposition stars:  Dmitri Young was 3-for-4 with a hit-by-pitch.  Bobby Higginson was 2-for-4 with a home run (his fourteenth), a double, and two runs.  Brandon Inge was 2-for-4 with a double.  Ramon Santiago was 2-for-4 with a stolen base, his tenth.  Craig Monroe was 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, his twenty-third.  Mike Maroth pitched six innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and a walk and striking out two.

The game:  The Twins loaded the bases with one out in the top of the first but did not score.  It cost them, as the Tigers got on the board in the bottom of the first on Higginson's home run.  Detroit had a man on third with one out in the third but did not score.  The Twins got a two-out double from Ryan in the fourth but did not score.  So, it was still 1-0 going to the fifth.

With two out in the fifth, Gomez homered and Justin Morneau and LeCroy hit back-to-back doubles, giving the Twins a 2-1 lead.  In the bottom of the fifth, Shane Halter walked and scored from first on Inge's double to tie it 2-2.

Then came the sixth.  The Twins brought in Adam Johnson to pitch.  It would be the last appearance of his major league career, and let's just say he did not go out on a high note.  Higginson doubled and scored on Young's single.  Monroe hit a two-run homer.  Carlos Pena popped up, but Shane Halter, Inge, and Santiago all singled to bring home another run.  Kenny Rogers then came in and gave up a run-scoring double to Alex Sanchez and an RBI single to Warren Morris.  It was 9-2 and Johnson was charged with six runs in a third of an inning.

The Twins got a couple runs back in the eighth when Alex Prieto reached on an error, Michael Cuddyer doubled, and Michael Restovich and Lew Ford had RBI singles.  But the Twins never threatened to get back into the game.

WP:  Maroth (9-21).  LP:  Johnson (0-1).  S:  None.

Notes:  It was another spring training game for the Twins.  LeCroy was behind the plate in place of A. J. Pierzynski.  Denny Hocking was at short in place of Cristian Guzman.  Dustan Mohr was in left, Ford in center, and Cuddyer in right, with Ryan at DH.

There were also numerous substitutions.  Justin Morneau pinch-ran for Mientkiewicz in the third and stayed in the game at first base.  Gomez replaced Luis Rivas at second base in the fourth.  Prieto came in for Corey Koskie in the fifth.  Prieto went to second, with Gomez moving to short and Hocking to third.  Rob Bowen replaced LeCroy behind the plate in the seventh.  Restovich pinch-hit for Ryan in the eighth.

Ryan ended the season batting .393.  Ford was at .329.  Mientkiewicz was 1-for-3 and was at .300.  Bowen was 0-for-2 and ended at .100.

The Twins' bullpen was Brad ThomasJohnsonRogersRincon, and Balfour.  Thomas had an ERA of 7.71.  Johnson's ERA was 47.25.

Detroit avoided equaling the Mets' expansion era record for losses, ending the season at 43-119.

Record:  The Twins ended the season at 90-72, in first place in the American League Central, four games ahead of Chicago.  They would play the Yankees (101-61) in the American League Divisional Series.

2003 Rewind: Game One Hundred Sixty-one

DETROIT 9, MINNESOTA 8 IN DETROIT

Date:  Saturday, September 27.

Batting stars:  Michael Ryan was 4-for-4 with a two-run homer (his fifth) and two runs.  Cristian Guzman was 2-for-3 with two RBIs.  Jacque Jones was 1-for-3 with a home run, his sixteenth.

Pitching star:  Brad Radke pitched five innings, giving up one run on eight hits and one walk, striking out three.

Opposition stars:  Craig Monroe was 4-for-5 with a double and three RBIs.  Warren Morris was 2-for-5 with a double and three runs.  Carlos Pena was 2-for-5 with four RBIs.  Brian Schmack pitched three shutout innings of relief, giving up three hits and no walks and striking out one.

The game:  The Twins again treated this like a spring training game and it cost them in the end, although they may not have cared.  It looked good early.  Shannon Stewart reached on a two-base error, went to third on a passed ball, and scored on a sacrifice fly, giving the Twins a run before they had a hit.  The Twins had men on second and third with one out in the third but did not score, so it was 1-0 through three.

The Twins appeared to take control in the fourth.  Consecutive doubles by Corey KoskieTorii Hunter, and A. J. Pierzynski made it 3-0.  Singles by Ryan and Guzman plated two more runs to make it 5-0.  The Tigers left the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth, and the Twins added some more runs in the fifth.  Jones led off with a home run, Koskie walked, and Ryan hit a two-out two-run homer to give the Twins an 8-0 lead.  Detroit got on the board in the bottom of the fifth, when Morris doubled and scored on a Monroe single, but it was still 8-1 and the game appeared to be well in hand.

It didn't work out that way.  In the seventh Morris singled, Bobby Higginson reached on an error, Monroe doubled home one, and Pena singled home two to cut the lead to 8-4.  In the eighth, four walks brought home a run, Monroe had an RBI single,  and Pena brought home two with a single, tying the score 8-8.

The Twins got a leadoff double from Justin Morneau in the ninth but left him on third.  With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Alex Sanchez walked, stole second and third, and scored on a wild pitch.  The first Twins run and the last Tigers run scored without a hit, but the last one decided the game in favor of Detroit.

WP:  Fernando Rodney (1-3).  LP:  Jesse Orosco (2-2).  S:  None.

Notes:  It was essentially the regular lineup, with Stewart in left and Ryan in right.  As yesterday, however, most of them came out a little over halfway through the game.

Michael Restovich pinch-ran for Stewart in the third inning and stayed in the game in left field.  Lew Ford pinch-ran for Hunter in the fourth inning and stayed in the game in center field.  Michael Cuddyer pinch-ran for Koskie in the fifth and stayed in the game at third base.  Denny Hocking pinch-hit for Luis Rivas in the sixth and stayed in the game at first base.  Justin Morneau pinch-hit for DH Jacque Jones in the sixth inning.  Alex Prieto replaced Doug Mientkiewicz in the batting order in the sixth inning and went to second base.  Rob Bowen replaced Pierzynski behind the plate in the sixth inning.  Chris Gomez pinch-hit for Guzman in the seventh and stayed in the game at shortstop.

Ryan was batting .379.  Ford was 0-for-3 and was batting .319.  Pierzynski was 1-for-3 and was batting .312.  Stewart was 1-for-2 and was batting .307.  Jones was 1-for-3 and was batting .304.

Bowen was 1-for-2 and was batting .125.  Prieto was 0-for-1 and was batting .111.

After Radke was done the Twins went with the B bullpen:  Carlos PulidoJuan RinconJ. C. Romero, and Orosco.  Orosco's ERA went up to 7.68.

Gary Knotts started for Detroit.  He pitched 3.2 innings, giving up five runs (four earned) on eight hits and no walks and striking out two.

This was the only year Brian Schmack would be in the majors, and this was the last game of his career.  At least he got to end on a high note.  He was 29 and had spent three years in AAA.  He had been in AA before the Tigers brought him up in late August.  He was 1-0, 3.46, 1.39 WHIP in 11 games (13 innings).

The walk Radke gave up was the only walk he allowed in the month of September (35 innings).

Detroit would not set an expansion era record for worst record.  They could still tie the record for most losses with a loss in their last game.

Record:  The Twins were 90-71, in first place in the American League Central, five games ahead of Chicago.  The White Sox had clinched second place.