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The April gauntlet revisited

Posted at 12:57 PM on May 1, 2006 by Ben Tesch (1 Comments)

A few weeks ago, the predictions and hopes were given, and the gauntlet was then dropped, bobbled, and overthrown past the first baseman into the visiting team's dugout. The Metrodome osmosis seemed to be in effect, with the Twins sweeping the A's and taking 2 from the Yankees. Then there's the road trips, where the Twins get swept clean by Cleveland, Chicago, and Detroit, and also lose one to Kansas City.

In the gauntlet of 21 games, the Twins come out with 8 wins, quite handily predicted by Dave and sbg. Does May look any better? Seattle and Kansas City are beatable (by most teams), but we all know about Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, and Anaheim... and Texas and Milwaukee are no pushovers. Care to predict May? Right now I might say 4 or 5.

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International Workers Day.

Posted at 10:05 PM on May 1, 2006 by Josh Lee

Today was a "Day Without Immigrants", during which thousands of immigrants took the day off of work to demonstrate the impact they have on America's economy. Tonight was also German Heritage Night at the Metrodome, during which the Twins marked the impact that German immigrants have had on Minnesota's history. Coincidence? Hard to say.

The player of the day in Minnesota's 2-8 loss to Seattle was, perhaps coincidentally, also an immigrant: Mariners catcher Kenji Johjima had a single, a double, and a homer as he racked up two runs and three RBIs. Johjima, a "rookie," spent nine years with the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks before signing a deal with Seattle. He hit 100 RBIs in 2003, but I have no idea whether that means the same thing in the Pacific League that it does in the MLB. He looked pretty good tonight, though, as did Richie Sexson, who got his 1000th career hit, a homer off of Scott Baker.

In the Twins' dugout, things looked a little less bright. I'm not exactly ready to call the season over and blow everything up yet; on the other hand, any time I see that Batista is at the plate and White is on deck, I think to myself, "now might be a good time to go get another drink, or perhaps some quaaludes." Not all of the gloom belongs to the hitters, though: Baker, Crain, Eyre, and Guerrier combined to give up 19 hits, which actually makes you look at the eight runs that the Mariners scored and think, "wow, it actually could have been worse." Maybe that will be the theme of the new month.

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