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...The more they stay the same.

Posted at 3:42 AM on April 20, 2005 by Josh Lee

The Twins left twelve runners on base tonight en route to a 3-1 loss to the White Sox, hitting into three double plays along the way. Apparently, their homeplateophobia is getting worse. They actually made plenty of contact with the ball, getting 14 hits off of Orlando Hernandez, but he managed to throw enough offspeed junk at the Twins' batters to keep them from getting anyone to cross the plate until the 9th inning, when it was too little, too late. On the plus side, I learned a new word today: "eephus."

And what do Minnesota's hitters have against Brad Radke? Last year, Radke had a pretty good season, or would have if he had received any run support at all. An entire season of bats going cold for a particular starter sounds like a weird fluke. If it goes on for another whole season, though, it's going to seem like more of a conspiracy. Did he short-sheet someone's bed in training camp or something?

Bullpen coach Rick Stelmaszyk had the quote of the night in his postgame interview, when he recited this koan for overeager batters who think too hard with runners on base: "full mind, empty bat." Perhaps the Twins can meditate on that between now and their next game.

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