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Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Brian Duensing and Joe Mauer look to the groiund against the New York Yankees in game 1 of the ALDS at Yankee Stadium in New York



Did anyone think (other than our endless fountains of positivity gravedigger and doc blume) that the Twins had a shot Wednesday night? They played what may have been the greatest baseball game in years on Tuesday night, flew overnight to New York and had to deal with the smell of the city. I don't think our fearless Twins would use that as an excuse,but they also won't have any problems winning three out of four to win the series. Another Carl (Pavano) enforces my beliefs:

"I didn't play [Tuesday], and I'm beat," Twins pitcher Carl Pavano said. "I'm not making excuses for these guys, but they battled today. This day off's definitely going to recharge us. Everyone knows the momentum we had coming into this series, and I don't see how tonight's loss is going to affect any of that."

Let's hear from some of the rest of the team, who also aren't using fatigue as an excuse:

"I'm not going to say anyone was tired," outfielder Denard Span said. "You can't be tired this time of year."

OK, what's on everyone's agenda?

Orlando Cabrera: "Sleep."

Brendan Harris: "I'm sleeping in."

Jason Kubel: "I'm going to bed."

But nobody was tired.

"That's a popular excuse," Harris said. "We're not going to use that."


Does anyone else think the Twins' strategy might involve making Alex Rodriguez feel good about himself, only to pull the rug out from under him? Well, step one of Operation Making A-Rod Feel Good was completed Wednesday night. The setting: the fifth inning, two outs, Jeter on second, Rodriguez at the plate.

"What do you want to do?'' Anderson asked Duensing.

"Let's just go right after him.'' Duensing replied.

Anderson reminded Duensing that first base was open and he didn't have to throw Rodriguez anything too good.

What did Duensing do?

"I missed right in the middle,'' Duensing said, "and he hit it into the gap.''


One other moment of the game that looked to be a possible turning point wound up being another disappointment. With two outs in the seventh and runners on second and third, Orlando Cabrera stepped to the plate to face Phil Hughes. If he could get on, it would bring Joe Mauer to bat.


Hughes fired nine fastballs, several reaching 95 miles per hour, and one slider. Cabrera fouled off five pitches and eventually worked the count full before missing a fastball near the knees for the inning-ending strikeout.

A disgusted Cabrera asked the plate umpire -- St. Paul's Tim Tschida -- if the pitch was a strike. Tschida said it was a little low. Once he heard that, Cabrera wanted the pitch back.

"At-bats like that, they stick with you until the next time you face that guy," he said. "I know the results are going to be different."

Watch out Yankees! The results will be different next time.

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flyball said:

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maybe the Twins just prefer Fridays

gravedigger said:

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Worst team ever.

Umbra said:

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The fact that none of his teammates have stepped forward to defend Carl Pavano speaks volumes.

flyball said:

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trade him

millertime said:

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But shouldn't it matter who the Twins replace Carl Pavano with?

Umbra said:

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Not. At. All.

AndCounting said:

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If we can just get one game in that ridiculous excuse of a new stadium, we can take this series back at our ridiculous excuse of an old one.

Doc said:

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While I think the league needs to step in and require the yankees to make some changes at that new stadium next year, we need to be a little careful in criticizing that stadium while we have a new ballpark that hasn't seen a game yet. It's very likely we will have some issues at that place too. (How am I doing as a Twins fan?)

AndCounting said:

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(Very convincing.)

millertime said:

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You need more of an accent. Go watch Fargo.

"So I tells em, we gots a new stadium too, ya know. And maybe our new stadium might have some of dem same problems as well, ya know. So he ses "I'm going crazy at dis new stadium, I'm losing my freaking mind" only he doesn't say freaking."

AndCounting said:

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Aw gee, you're gettin' me so gosh-dern riled up now. Gosh.

millertime said:

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Oh, Yeah, Frida, sure. She was the oldest living Lutheran. Now she's dead as a doornail. It's them damn Shriner's, won't take down the God damn sign the lazy sons of bitches. Every year, every damn year I tell them, "Take down the God damn Frida sign, you lazy sons of bitches!"

JulieDiCaro said:

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this makes me happy.

flyball said:

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hang out on the east coast, they think all midwesterners talk like that

millertime said:

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Hang out in anywhere in the midwest not called Chicago, and they do talk like that.

flyball said:

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yeah, but I'm from the burbs, I do NOT talk like the mom from Bobby's World no matter what anyone says

gravedigger said:

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Agree. I hate the way most midwesterners talk.

gravedigger said:

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I also hate the way southerners, northeasterners, and californians talk.

flyball said:

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so you only talk to people from Seattle?

gravedigger said:

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And DC. We're not quite south, and not quite north.

flyball said:

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oh, the Jersey friend does a number on the Maryland accent

gravedigger said:

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Ew, Jersey accents might be the worst. Well, after the deep south.

JulieDiCaro said:

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I think Boston and Maine are the worst.

flyball said:

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you both should never hang out with my friends

JulieDiCaro said:

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if you're ashamed of us just say it!

Jeez.

secdelahc said:

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I do NOT talk like that, thank you very much! We Detroiters all sounds like ganstas when we talk, bitch!

gravedigger said:

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I love that movie.

gravedigger said:

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Julie, from your experience, would you say this is about right?

http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2009/10/what_to_expect_when_youre_expe.html

I fucking hate, hate, HATE shots, so I'm leaning against getting the H1N1 vaccine, but I hate sore throats maybe even more.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Eh.

When I could get rid of the BLISTERING HEADACHE THAT MADE ME PONDER THE USEFULNESS OF BREATHING, I slept. The sore throat didn't bother me that much.

I'm always, always ALWAYS hot, so when Max found me in bed with the windows closed in 50-degree weather under all the covers, he knew something was wrong.

thisyearcub said:

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Yay! I mean, boo! I mean, go Cubs ... or something.

thisyearcub said:

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Couple of notes: If you really want to get into the Twins and know their goings-ons, check out this link:

http://www.aarongleeman.com/

Aaron is a pretty good writer.

Also, quick preview for tomorrow night: Nick Blackburn vs. A.J. Burnett. Gleeman says that's the most favorable matchup for the Twins in the five games, where you have to win three.

gravedigger said:

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So, Julie is in ESL class, can't comment, but can be witty by email. FYI.

thisyearcub said:

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Also, it was good to see Lord DeRosa in playoff form last night. And by playoff form, I mean yet another error.

flyball said:

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he plays for the bad team now, this is how he shows his loyalty to Chicago

(julie and sec, that one was for you)

JulieDiCaro said:

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This was my thought, too. He wishes he knew how to quit us!

thisyearcub said:

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Showed it a lot last postseason too. Three times!

JulieDiCaro said:

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everyone makes mistakes, Matt, that's why pencils have erasers!

flyball said:

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last year's post season never happened

Dmband said:

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All the talking heads had the cards as the NL representative...I have them as a first round out. They just dont have the bullpen the dodgers have...that's HUGE in the post season...

Plus they've decided Pujols will not beat them..good strategy...

gravedigger said:

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I also picked them to be out first. But now that I think about it, I'd probably revise my picks to have the Dodgers win the pennant.

flyball said:

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whats really annoying about all that talk about being tired (or denials about being tired) is that once again the Yankees got their way, thats what they were hoping for

thisyearcub said:

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Well, the Twins put themselves in that position.

flyball said:

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and they worked very hard to get there

JulieDiCaro said:

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so. . . our team is off until tomorrow. . . . . what do we do now?

FrankS said:

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Do the Vikings have a bye this week too?

JulieDiCaro said:

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Cat Stevens on Chris Isaak's show. Right on.

JulieDiCaro said:

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uh--why is one the dudes from Nelson playing with Cat Stevens?

AndCounting said:

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Wow. I had totally forgotten about Nelson. Thank you . . . for that.

JulieDiCaro said:

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ha--if I could remember anything they sang, i would quote something. "high enough?" was that nelson?

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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"I can't live without your love and affection. I can't waste another night on my own..."

AndCounting said:

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Ah, no, that's Damn Yankees. I hated Nelson enough I won't even google them.

millertime said:

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Yusuf Islam.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Yes, I am aware.

I still call him Cat Stevens.

gravedigger said:

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I just... CANT work today. Sometimes I say that I'm not doing much but in reality I do get a few things done. Not today. And this is not being helped by the fact that I now have a TV on my desk.

gravedigger said:

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Man there are a lot of teams in the post season I just outright don't like. I'm hoping for a Twins Vs. nobody WS.

gravedigger said:

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Yay, 3-0 Rox.

gravedigger said:

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I guess nobody is interested in this pretty good game going between Colorado and Philly?

flyball said:

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don't tell the Phils fan this, but go Phillies!

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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I'd be much more interested if I could watch it.

gravedigger said:

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Oh, yeah, that doesnt help.

I have a TV at work now, so I can. Yay tax dollars!

flyball said:

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Scottie Eyre in for relief

gravedigger said:

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I did not realize he was still around

flyball said:

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yep, plus its the phillies, next to jamie moyer he's like 5

gravedigger said:

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Jason Giambi plays for the Rockies?

Man, I haven't been paying attentiont his season.

Dmband said:

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It figured Eyre would be lights out for the Phillies and win a world series.

Oh, and Im pretty sure Chad Gaudin (sp?) is starting for the Yankees at some point....Unreal.

JulieDiCaro said:

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is the game still on?

JulieDiCaro said:

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EEEEEEK! Mark DeRosa has a cut on his finger!!!!!

tomas21 said:

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Shoot, I posted this in the wrong thread before. It's so hard to learn a new blog.

Julie, why is my profile picture a dunce cap? Are you behind this?

Also, why does Jim Hendry want to send Milton and money to Tampa for Burrell? I thought we wanted someone who was nicer AND better than Bradley. The second part is just as important as the first, imo.

JulieDiCaro said:

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ha--it's a traffic cone, you dolt. you can change it in your profile. you should put up a photo of Matt Damon.

Pat Burrell is old and bad at baseball and looks like Stretch Armstrong.

flyball said:

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hey, its tomas! hi

JulieDiCaro said:

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isn't he so cute? i just want to pinch his cheeks!

tomas21 said:

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how do you reply to a comment?

JulieDiCaro said:

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click 'reply' in the lower right corner. it might not work if you're in an older browser.

kiwibob said:

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Good work on selling our affections to the Twins, Julie...
I've been hectically busy but I'm hoping to catch the next few games in company with you guys as the Twinks come back and march past the Evil Empire

JulieDiCaro said:

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Oh, I've missed you so much!!!! Glad you're back!

gravedigger said:

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yeah but he needs to be drunk.

kiwibob said:

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I'll get drunk just to keep you happy GD

gravedigger said:

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much appreciated, bob

gravedigger said:

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you know what would be super cool? If I didn't have to constantly re-log in all the time.

JulieDiCaro said:

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you know what i'm going to say about that, right?

gravedigger said:

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to tell jimmy?

baturkey said:

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The Cards are collapsing in the bottom of the ninth!

thisyearcub said:

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And that, my friends, is WHY defense matters.

That last 10 minutes was very Cub-esque.

AndCounting said:

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Just saw the recap. If that Holliday line drive to the gut thing had happen to the Cubs *cough* I mean the Twins, I would have destroyed my living room. And I'd have spent the next week bitching about what a joke it is that they start all these freaking games at or around dusk. The most important damn games of the season and they schedule them smack in the middle of the hardest time of day to see. Or they start them at 9:30 in Chicago. It's a such a load of idiot crap I have to hurl just thinking about the possibility of that happening to our beloved Twinkies.

gravedigger said:

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I love seeing the cards embarassed

JulieDiCaro said:

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What happened? I missed the whole game!

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