Whew…That Was Close
Whew…the Twins managed to avoid a sweep today at the hands of the Tigers thanks to another solid outing from Carl Pavano and some much-needed clutch hitting (that didn’t produce too many double plays).
With pretty much the entire rotation struggling at this point, Pavano took the rotation on his back and turned in 7.2 IP while allowing just three earned runs. Heck, he even managed to keep Miguel Cabrera from completely destroying us!
Multi-hit games from Young, Cuddyer (who is finally starting to hit the ball again), and Kubel allowed the M&M-less offense to come out on top.
This was a big win for the Twins, as heading into the break three games back is much better (if only psychologically) than five.
-Justin Morneau, due to his lingering concussion symptoms, will not start in the All-Star game (or play whatsoever) on Tuesday night. Cabrera will start the game, while Paul Konerko of the White Sox has been added to the roster.
-Sad news today in hearing that longtime Yankees PA announcer Bob Sheppard passed away today. I know that he hadn’t been doing the PA for a few years now, but his recorded broadcast still introduces Derek Jeter to this day. Younger fans may not remember the name, but the voice will likely be familiar.
Preview: Home-Run Derby! Here are this year’s participants:
National League: Chris Young (Diamondbacks), Corey Hart (Brewers), Matt Holliday (Cardinals), Hanley Ramirez (Marlins)
American League: David Ortiz (Red Sox), Nick Swisher (Yankees), Miguel Cabrera (Tigers), Vernon Wells (Blue Jays)