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2003 Rewind: Game Twenty-one

KANSAS CITY 2, MINNESOTA 1 IN KANSAS CITY

Date:  Thursday, April 24.

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

Pitching star:  Brad Radke pitched an eight-inning complete game, giving up two runs on four hits and one walk and striking out four.

Opposition stars:  Chris George pitched six innings, giving up one run on five hits and two walks and striking out three.  Jason Grimsley pitched two shutout innings, giving up one hit and striking out one.  Carlos Febles was 2-for-3 with a stolen base.  Mike Sweeney was 1-for-2 with a home run (his fourth) and a stolen base.

The game:  The Twins got a pair of one-out singles in the first but did not score.  Neither team threatened after that until the fourth, when Sweeney hit a two-out home run to put the Royals up 1-0.  The Twins tied it in the sixth with a two-out rally:  Bobby Kielty walked and singles by Corey Koskie and Hunter plated the run.

Kansas City went back in front in the bottom of the sixth.  Febles led off with a single and scored from first on a one-out double by Joe Randa.

And that was it.  The Royals did not get a man on base after the sixth, but it didn't matter.  The Twins got a couple of singles, but never advanced a man past first base.

WP:  George (3-1).  LP:  Radke (1-3).  S:  Mike MacDougal (9).

NotesMichael Cuddyer was again in right field.  Kielty was again the DH.  There were no in-game lineup substitutions.

Kielty was 1-for-3 with a walk and was batting .340.  Cuddyer was 0-for-3 and was batting .193.

Radke lowered his ERA to 6.28.  This was the first of three complete games Radke had in 2003.  He had 37 for his career.  By game scores this was his second-best game of the season, topped only by a complete game shutout on August 26.

After a lowpoint of .111 on April 11, Hunter finally climbed above the Mendoza line to stay at .216.  It seems like he was pretty hot-and-cold in 2003, posting averages by month of :.217, .269, .273, .229, .233, and .284.  On thinking about it, though, I wonder just how unusual that really is.  Everyone bounces up and down over the course of a season--how much variance is "normal" and how much is "unusual"?  I don't really know.

I kind of remember Joe Randa as a Twins killer, but he really wasn't.  He batted .275/.315/.404 for his career against the Twins and .264/.293/.431 against them in 2003.  His overall career numbers are .284/.339/.426, so he actually was worse against the Twins than against the rest of MLB.  Maybe I just remember a few big hits he got or something.

I didn't actually go through his whole career to check, but this has to be one of the best games Chris George ever pitched.  By game scores it was the second-best of the season, topped only by his first game of the season, when he pitched 6.2 innings and also gave up one run on five hits.  He made eighteen starts in 2003 and had an ERA of 7.11 with a WHIP of 1.75.  Somehow he went 9-6, which is probably why he was allowed to make 18 starts.  It's not like this was just a bad year--for his career he was 14-20, 6.48, 1.66 WHIP in 237.1 innings (47 games, 44 starts).  His "best" season was his first one, 2001, when he went 4-8, 5.59, 1.37 WHIP in 13 starts.  In his defense, he was rushed to the majors at age 21 on the strength of 18 AA starts in which he went 8-5, 3.14, but with a WHIP of 1.47.  He was on the Omaha/Kansas City shuttle from 2001--2004, spent all of 2005 in Omaha, then became a free agent.  He was with several organizations after that, but never made it to the majors.  Would more time in the minors when he was younger have helped?  It's hard to say.  It wouldn't have hurt, but at the same time, his career AAA numbers are 66-73, 4.95, 1.52 WHIP in 1223 innings.  It seems more likely that he just was never that good in the first place.

This made six losses in a row for the Twins, and was the seventh series sweep they'd been involved in at the start of the season.

Record:  The Twins were 9-12, in third place in the American League Central, eight games behind Kansas City.

2003 Rewind: Game Nineteen

NEW YORK 15, MINNESOTA 1 IN MINNESOTA

Date:  Monday, April 21.

Batting stars:  Matthew LeCroy was 2-for-4.  Dustan Mohr was 1-for-4 with a home run, his second.

Pitching star:  Tony Fiore struck out five in 3.2 innings, giving up one run on three hits and three walks.

Opposition stars:  David Wells pitched a complete game, giving up one run on seven hits and a walk and striking out three.  Erick Almonte was 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, and three runs.  Raul Mondesi was 3-for-4 with a double and a hit-by-pitch.  Nick Johnson was 3-for-5 with two home runs (his second and third), a walk, three runs, and four RBIs.  John Flaherty was 2-for-5 with two runs.  Alfonso Soriano was 1-for-5 with a grand slam (his seventh homer) a walk, and two runs.  Bernie Williams was 1-for-5 with a two-run homer (his fifth) and a walk.

The game:  I see no need to give play-by-play of all fifteen of the Yankees' runs.  Johnson hit a two-run homer in a three-run third.  Soriano hit a grand slam in the fourth to make it 7-0.  A walk and five singles in the fifth made it 11-0.  Johnson homered again in the seventh to make it 12-0.

The Twins avoided the shutout when Mohr homered leading off the eighth.  Williams hit a two-run homer in a three-run ninth.

WP:  Wells (3-0).  LP:  Rick Reed (1-3).  S:  None.

Notes:  Tom Prince was behind the plate in place of A. J. PierzynskiLeCroy was at first base in place of Doug Mientkiewicz.  Chris Gomez was at third in place of Corey Koskie.  Mohr was in left field in place of Jacque Jones.  Bobby Kielty was in center in place of Torii Hunter, who was the DH.  Michael Cuddyer was again in right field.

Denny Hocking came in to play third base in the seventh inning.  Gomez moved to second and Luis Rivas came out of the game.

Gomez was 0-for-4 and was batting .391.  Kielty was 1-for-4 and was batting .356.  Prince was 1-for-3 and was batting .333.

Mohr raised his average to .125.  Hocking was 0-for-1 and was batting .133.  Hunter was 1-for-3 with a walk and was batting .179.

By game scores, this was Reed's worst game of the season.  He lasted 4.1 innings and surrendered 11 runs (10 earned) on 10 hits and 3 walks.  He struck out four and had a game score of 2.  His ERA went up to 7.52.  The good news, if you want to call it that, is that this is as high as his ERA would ever go this season.

Fiore got his ERA down to 6.39.

This was the only three-hit game of Erick Almonte's career.  He was the Yankees' starting shortstop from the start of the season until early May, due to an injury to Derek Jeter.  It was the only time he was a starter in his career.  Of his 133 career at-bats, 100 of them came in 2003--he had 4 in 2001 and 29 in 2011, when he was with Milwaukee.  He was in the Yankee organization through 2003, was in the Rockies' chain in 2004, was in Japan in 2005, played independent ball in 2006, was in the Detroit organization from 2007-2008, was with the Brewers from 2009-2012, and played in Mexico in 2013.  His AAA numbers are .283/.361/.424, not bad numbers at all.  In the majors, however, he batted .233/.282/.331.  I don't know about his fielding, but he batted well enough in the minors to think he could've helped someone in the big leagues.  This was his only chance to do it, though, and while he batted .260/.321/.350 he wasn't going to beat out Derek Jeter no matter what he did.

So the Twins have now begun their season with six series sweeps.  They won three, lost six, won six, and now have lost seven.  We'll see if another series sweep awaits when they head to Kansas City.

Record:  The Twins were 9-10, in third place in the American League Central, six games behind Kansas City.

 

2003 Rewind: Game Seventeen

NEW YORK 4, MINNESOTA 2 IN MINNESOTA

Date:  Saturday, April 19.

Batting stars:  Torii Hunter was 2-for-3 with a walk.  Jacque Jones was 2-for-5 with a stolen base, his fourth.

Pitching stars:  J. C. Romero struck out two in 1.1 innings, giving up two walks.  LaTroy Hawkins pitched a perfect inning and struck out one.

Opposition stars:  Andy Pettitte pitched 7.1 innings, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks and striking out seven.  Alfonso Soriano was 2-for-5 with a stolen base, his fourth.  Bernie Williams was 1-for-4 with a two-run homer, his third.  Raul Mondesi was 1-for-4 with a home run, his fifth.

The game:  Soriano led off the game with a single and Nick Johnson followed with a walk.  The next two batters went out, but Hideki Matsui had an RBI single to put the Yankees up 1-0.  The Twins got the run back in the bottom of the first.  Jones singled and stole second, and with two out Hunter delivered an RBI single to tie it 1-1.

The Twins took the lead in the fourth.  With two out Bobby Kielty doubled and scored on an A. J. Pierzynski single to put the Twins up 2-1.  In the sixth, however, Jason Giambi walked and Williams followed with a two-run homer to put New York in front 3-2.  Mondesi homered in the seventh to make it 4-2.

The Twins threatened in the late innings, but to no avail.  They put two on with one out in the eighth, but a pair of strikeouts ended that inning.  They put two on with two out in the ninth, but again, a strikeout ended the inning and this time the game.

WP:  Pettitte (3-0).  LP:  Joe Mays (2-2).  S:  Juan Acevedo (3).

Notes:  Michael Cuddyer was again in right field.  Kielty was the DH.

Matthew LeCroy pinch-hit for Luis Rivas in the ninth.  Denny Hocking then pinch-ran for LeCroy.  Dustan Mohr pinch-hit for Cristian Guzman in the ninth.

Kielty was 1-for-4 and was batting .368.  Jones was batting .354.  Guzman was 0-for-4 and was batting .304.

Mohr was 0-for-4 and was batting .111.  Hunter raised his average to .180.

Mays wasn't terrible, but he wasn't particularly good, either.  6.2 innings, four runs, six hits, two walks, and four strikeouts.  His ERA was 5.96.

Romero lowered his ERA to 2.16.  Hawkins continued to have an ERA of zero through seven innings.

The Twins still had a chance to be involved in their sixth series sweep to open the season.

Record:  The Twins were 9-8, in third place in the American League Central, 4.5 games behind Kansas City.

2003 Rewind: Game Fifteen

MINNESOTA 6, DETROIT 0 IN MINNESOTA

Date:  Thursday, April 17.

Batting stars:  Chris Gomez was 3-for-4.  Torii Hunter was 2-for-3 with two doubles and a walk.  Michael Cuddyer was 2-for-3 with a triple, a walk, and two runs.  Bobby Kielty was 2-for-4 with two home runs, his second and third.  Corey Koskie was 1-for-4 with a home run and two runs.

Pitching stars:  Kenny Rogers struck out nine in eight shutout innings, giving up seven hits and no walks.  Tony Fiore pitched a perfect inning.

Opposition stars:  Eugene Kingsale was 2-for-3.  Omar Infante was 2-for-4.

The game:  The Twins did not have a big inning, but just eased out to a comfortable lead.  In the first, a single by Cristian Guzman and a double by Hunter led to a run.  Kielty homered leading off the second to make it 2-0.  Koskie homered with one out in the third to make it 3-0.  In the fourth, Cuddyer led off with a triple and scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-0.

I don't know if there's ever been a game in which a team scored exactly one run in each inning, and sadly this would not be one.  The score remained 4-0 until the eighth.  The Tigers had a threat in the fifth when Infante led off with a double and Kingsale had an infield single with one out.  A strikeout and a ground out ended the threat, and Detroit would not threaten again.

The Twins got their final two runs in the eighth.  Kielty again lead off the inning with a home run.  With one out Cuddyer walked, went to third on a Gomez single, and scored on a sacrifice fly.

WP:  Rogers (2-0).  LP:  Jeremy Bonderman (0-3).  S:  None.

Notes:  Gomez was at second base in place of Luis Rivas.  Kielty was in center field, with Hunter at DH.  Cuddyer was in right field.  The Twins made no position player substitutions.

Gomez was batting .467.  Kielty was batting .387.  Guzman was batting .347.  Jacque Jones was 0-for-4 and was batting .333.  Koskie was batting .306.

Rogers lowered his ERA to 3.50.  That was as low as it would get all season.  By game scores this was his second-best game of the season, topped only by a game in Kansas City in mid-August.

Six of the Tigers' starters had batting averages below .200:  Eric Munson (.175), Infante (.167), Carlos Pena (.167), Dean Palmer (.118), Brandon Inge (.091), and Hiram Bocachica (.045).

Jeremy Bonderman started for Detroit.  He pitched six innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on ten hits and a walk and striking out four.

This was the fifth consecutive series sweep the Twins were involved in at the start of the season.  They had been on the winning end of three and the losing end of two.  I don't know what the record is.  Of course, the year the Orioles started 0-21, they must have been on the losing end of several sweeps.

Record:  The Twins were 9-6, tied for second in the American League Central with Chicago, 2.5 games behind Kansas City.

2003 Rewind: Game Fourteen

MINNESOTA 4, DETROIT 2 IN MINNESOTA

Date:  Wednesday, April 16.

Batting stars:  Corey Koskie was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.  Cristian Guzman was 2-for-3 with a double, a hit-by-pitch, and two runs.  A. J. Pierzynski was 2-for-4 with a double.  Jacque Jones was 2-for-4 with a stolen base, his third.

Pitching stars:  Rick Reed pitched six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk and striking out five.  Johan Santana retired all four batters he faced, striking out one.  Eddie Guardado pitched a perfect inning.

Opposition stars:  Wil Ledezma retired all seven batters he faced, striking out three.  Bobby Higginson was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk.

The game:  The Tigers put a man on second with two out in the first and did not score.  The Twins put men on second and third with one out in the first and did not score.  The Twins got on the board in the second when Bobby Kielty and Pierzynski started the inning with back-to-back doubles, putting Minnesota up 1-0.  They got one more in the third.  Guzman was hit by a pitch and Koskie singled, putting men on first and third with none out.  Torii Hunter then hit into a double play which scored a run and made it 2-0.

The Twins put together a two-out rally in the fourth.  Jones and Guzman singled with two down and Koskie hit a two-run double to increase the lead to 4-0.  The Tigers cut the lead in half in the fifth.  Eric Munson singled and scored on a one-out double by Matt Walbeck.  With two out, Bobby Higginson hit an RBI single and it was 4-2.

And there it stayed.  Detroit did not get a hit after the fifth inning.  They did get a pair of two-out walks in the seventh, but Santana came in to retire Carlos Pena on a fly ball.  Detroit did not get a baserunner after that.

WP:  Reed (1-2).  LP:  Adam Bernero (0-3).  S:  Guardado (6).

Notes:  Kielty was at DH in this game.

The Twins made no in-game lineup substitutions.

Kielty was 1-for-3 and was batting .370.  Jones raised his average to .358.  Guzman raised his average to .341.  Koskie raised his average to .311.

Dustan Mohr was 0-for-4 and was batting .125.  Hunter was 0-for-4 and was batting .137.

Juan Rincon pitched two-thirds of an inning without giving up a run.  He and Santana each had an ERA of zero.  Guardado lowered his ERA to 1.35.

Tiger players with a Twins connection are Walbeck and Munson.  Craig Paquette was drafted by them but did not sign.

Bernero pitched 5.2 innings, giving up four runs on ten hits and two walks.  He struck out none.  Detroit had a 1-12 record at this point in the season.

The Twins had won three, lost six, and now had won five.  They would go for the series sweep the next day.  If they got it, it would be the fifth consecutive series sweep they had been involved in to start the season.

Record:  The Twins were 8-6, tied for second with Chicago in the American League Central, 3.5 games behind Kansas City.

2003 Rewind: Game Twelve

MINNESOTA 9, TORONTO 3 IN TORONTO

Date:  Sunday, April 13.

Batting stars:  Cristian Guzman was 3-for-4 with two doubles and three runs.  Tom Prince was 2-for-4 with a stolen base (!).  Doug Mientkiewicz was 2-for-4.  Matthew LeCroy was 1-for-4 with a three-run homer.  Michael Cuddyer was 1-for-4 with a home run.

Pitching stars:  Joe Mays pitched six innings, giving up three runs on three hits and four walks and striking out two.  Johan Santana struck out two in two shutout innings, giving up one hit.  Juan Rincon pitched a perfect inning, striking out one.

Opposition stars:  Eric Hinske was 1-for-2 with a double and two walks.  Josh Phelps was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.

The game:  Carlos Delgado led off the second with a walk, went to second on a wild pitch, and scored on Hinske's one-out double.  Orlando Hudson hit a two-out RBI single to put the Blue Jays up 2-0.  The Twins came right back in the top of the third.  With one out, Prince got to second on a bunt single-plus-error.  He then stole third and scored on a ground out.  Jacque Jones singled, went to second on a passed ball, and scored on Guzman's double.  Corey Koskie followed with an RBI single and the Twins had a 3-2 lead.

Toronto got a pair of one-out walks in the fourth, but a double play took them out of the inning.  In the fifth Guzman doubled, went to third on a ground out, and scored on a sacrifice fly to increase the Twins' lead to 4-2.  Cuddyer homered in the fifth to make it 5-2.

The Blue Jays got a run back in the seventh.  Phelps doubled and Hinske walked, putting men on first and second with none out.  The next two batters were retired, but Chris Woodward singled to cut the Twins lead to 5-3.  But the Twins put the game away in the eighth.  Jones was hit by a pitch and Guzman singled.  The next two batters struck out, but Mientkiewicz hit an RBI single and LeCroy delivered a three-run homer, making the score 9-3.  The last seven Toronto batters went out to end the game.

WP:  Mays (2-1).  LP:  Mark Hendrickson (1-2).  S:  None.

Notes:  Prince was behind the plate in place of A. J. Pierzynski.  Cuddyer remained in right field.

Dustan Mohr pinch-hit for Jones in the ninth.

Jones was 1-for-3 and was batting .364.  Prince raised his average to .333.

It's still very early in the season, of course, but the Twins started three players with averages below .200.  Torii Hunter was 0-for-3 and was batting .116,  Cuddyer and LeCroy each raised their averages to .188.

Prince created a run in the third in Rickey Henderson-like fashion.  A bunt single, moving to second on a wild throw, stealing third, scoring on a ground out.  This was the last of nine stolen bases Prince had in his career.  It was also the last stolen base attempt in his career.  He was 9-for-17 in stealing bases.  His season high was three, in 2001.

Hendrickson pitched 6.1 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits and no walks.  He struck out seven.  This was his first full season.  Hendrickson pitched a really long time for someone who wasn't very good.  If you throw out his rookie year, when he pitched just 36.2 innings, he had only two seasons in which his ERA was under 4.50 and six seasons in which it was over five.  He had only one season in which his WHIP was less than 1.40 (1.39) and four seasons in which it was over 1.50.  For his career he was 58-74, 5.03, 1.46 WHIP.  Yet, he was in the big leagues for ten years, appeared in 328 games (166 starts) and pitched 1169 innings.

This was quite a start to the season.  Four three-game series.  Swept Detroit.  Swept by Toronto.  Swept by New York.  Swept Toronto.  Now, they would go home to play Detroit.  Would there be another series sweep?  We shall see.

Record:  The Twins were 6-6, in third place in the American League Central, four games behind Kansas City.  The Royals finally lost a game, making their record 9-1.

2003 Rewind: Game Eleven

MINNESOTA 9, TORONTO 6 IN TORONTO

Date:  Saturday, April 12.

Batting stars:  Luis Rivas was 3-for-4 with two runs.  Jacque Jones was 3-for-5 with a double.  Doug Mientkiewicz was 2-for-5 with a home run (his second), a double, and three RBIs.  Bobby Kielty was 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs.

Pitching stars:  Brad Radke pitched six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and five walks and striking out three.  LaTroy Hawkins struck out two in 1.1 scoreless innings, giving up one hit.

Opposition stars:  Pete Walker pitched six innings, giving up one run on four hits and two walks and striking out three.  Vernon Wells was 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, and two runs.  Eric Hinske was 1-for-3 with a home run.  Frank Catalanotto was 1-for-5 with a home run, his second.

The game:  Hinske hit a one-out home run in the second to put the Blue Jays up 1-0.  The Twins tied it in the third when Rivas hit a two-out single and scored from first on Jones' double.  Toronto put two on in the third, but the score remained 1-1 until the fifth, when Catalanotto homered to give the Blue Jays a 2-1 advantage.

The Twins loaded the bases with one out in the sixth but did not score.  Toronto put men on first and second with two out, also in the sixth, but did not score.  In the seventh, Mientkiewicz and Kielty led off with back-to-back home runs to give Minnesota  3-2 lead.  That lead lasted until the bottom of the seventh.  Wells walked, Carlos Delgado singled, and with two out Tom Wilson delivered a two-run double to make it 4-3 Blue Jays.

The Twins tied it back up in the eighth.  Corey Koskie led off with a double, but was still on second with two out.  But Kielty came through with an RBI single, and it was 4-4 going to the ninth.

In the ninth, Rivas and Jones led off with singles and Denny Hocking walked, loading the bases.  Koskie hit into a fielder's choice with no out recorded, giving the Twins a 5-4 lead.  Torii Hunter then hit a two-run single and Mientkiewicz followed with a two-run double, putting the Twins up 9-4.

Toronto did not go away quietly.  Stewart led off with a double and scored on Wells' one-out single.  Walks to Delgado and Josh Phelps loaded the bases.  That brought Eddie Guardado into the game.  A force out brought home one run, but Dave Berg then struck out to end the game.

WP:  Hawkins (1-0).  LP:  Kelvim Escobar (0-1).  S:  Guardado (4).

Notes:  Hocking was at shortstop in place of Cristian Guzman.  Michael Cuddyer was again the right fielder.  Kielty was the DH.  There were no lineup substitutions during the game.

Kielty raised his average to .375.  Jones raised his average to .366.

Hocking was 0-for-3 and was batting .091.  Hunter was 1-for-4 to raise his average to .125.  Cuddyer was 1-for-4 to raise his average to .179.

This was the second consecutive game in which Rivas had three hits.  He had five three-hit games in 2003.  Two of the others would also come in succession, in late June.

The score was 2-1 after six and ended up 9-6.  That's baseball.

So far, each series the Twins had been involved in was a three-game sweep.  They swept Detroit, were swept by Toronto, and were swept by New York.  They now had a chance to sweep Toronto.  Would they be able to?  We shall see.

Record:  The Twins were 5-6, in third place in the American League Central, six games behind Kansas City.  The Royals still had not lost a game and were 9-0.

 

2003 Rewind: Game Six

TORONTO 8, MINNESOTA 1 IN MINNESOTA

Date:  Sunday, April 6.

Batting stars:  Jacque Jones was 2-for-4 with a double.  Chris Gomez was 2-for-4.  Bobby Kielty was 2-for-4.

Pitching stars:  Juan Rincon struck out six in five shutout innings of relief, giving up one hit.  Tony Fiore pitched a perfect inning.

Opposition stars:  Cory Lidle struck out seven in seven innings, giving up one run on six hits and a walk.  Frank Catalanotto was 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs.  Carlos Delgado was 2-for-4 with a home run (his second), two runs, and four RBIs.  Chris Woodward was 2-for-4 with two runs.  Shannon Stewart was 2-for-5 with a double and two runs.

The game:  In the first inning Catalanotto singled and Delgado hit a two-run homer, giving the Blue Jays a 2-0 lead.  Not to worry:  Brad Radke was pitching, and we expect him to give up a couple of runs in the first, then settle down.  Unfortunately, this day he did not settle down.

He got Toronto out in order in the second.  In the third, however, the Blue Jays started the inning with singles by Woodward, Stewart, and Catalanotto, loading the bases.  Vernon Wells walked to force in a run.  Delgado delivered a two-run single.  The next two batters went out, but Greg Myers singled home a run to make it 6-0.

The fourth was no better for Radke.  Woodward singled, Stewart doubled, and Catalanotto hit a two-run double to put Toronto up 8-0.  At that point, Ron Gardenhire pulled Radke and brought in Rincon, who brought some order to the game.  He actually pitched very well, but it was simply too late/

The Twins did little offensively.  Their lone run came in the sixth, when Jones doubled and Gomez singled him home.  The Twins had two on with none out in the seventh and loaded the bases with one out in the eighth, but could not dent the plate either time.

WP:  Lidle (1-1).  LP:  Radke (1-1).  S:  None.

NotesGomez was at shortstop in place of Cristian Guzman.   Kielty was in left, with Jones at DH.  Dustan Mohr was in center in place of Torii Hunter.  Michael Cuddyer was in right.

Denny Hocking went to third base in the seventh inning in place of Corey Koskie.

Koskie was 1-for-3 and was batting .462.  Kielty was batting .375.  Jones was batting .360.

On the other end of the scale, Luis Rivas was batting .143.

Radke allowed eight runs on ten hits and a walk in just three innings.  He struck out two.  By game scores it was his worst game of the season.

On the other hand, Rincon pitched really well.  This was easily his longest outing of the season.  He had been a starter in the minors, though, and that's mostly where he had been prior to this season, so a five-inning appearance would not have been that strange to him at the time.

He didn't make a big deal out of it, but I think Herb Carneal really enjoyed saying the name "Frank Catalanotto".

After sweeping the Tigers on the road to start the season, the Twins were swept at home by Toronto.  Not to worry, though.  Their next series would be on the road against the Yankees.

Record:  The Twins were 3-3, tied for second with Chicago in the American League Central, 2.5 games behind Kansas City.