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The circus moves on to Long Beach

Posted at 10:38 AM on July 5, 2006 by Ben Tesch (1 Comments)

Canseco seeks trade from Surf Dawgs after one game
Jose Canseco, who played one game in which he struck out a couple times and got hit by a pitch, has asked to be traded from the San Diego Surf Dawgs because of child custody responsibilities that require him to be in the Los Angeles area for more time than he anticipated. The link to the article also includes a photo of him "working" on his "knuckleball".

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The new stadium suggestion box

Posted at 1:19 PM on July 5, 2006 by Ben Tesch

Web site developed for Twins' ballpark
In an effort to keep fans constantly up to date with the new ballpark's progress, the club announced the launch of its new site, www.twinsbaseball.com/newballpark, which will be the home of news, photos and videos as the Twins look toward moving into their new home in 2010.

The ballpark site also includes archived news stories and features, a blog authored by Twins president Dave St. Peter, artist renderings, a virtual tour, ballpark facts and figures, and the ability for fans to make suggestions for the new park.

Liriano Leads

Posted at 1:29 PM on July 5, 2006 by David Zingler

According to an automated e-mail sent out by the Twins, Francsico Liriano has a "slim lead" over A.J. Pierzynski for the final spot on the American League All Star team. The voting period ends tommorow at 5 pm CT.

There is a rumor circulating that Pierzynski has hired former Florida Secretary of State, Katherine Harris, to help count and re-count the ballots if necessary.

Boofed

Posted at 4:02 PM on July 5, 2006 by Ben Tesch (1 Comments)

The news today for the local club is that Boof Bonser has been optioned to AAA, and the Twins will fill his spot in the roster and rotation later tonight. Gardenhire apparently wasn't too happy with Boof's inconsistent mix of good and mediocre starts, which may or may not be tied to the inconsistent starting schedule he was on.

The leading candidate for the 5th spot in the rotation is (ack) Kyle Lohse, with Brooklyn Park product Pat Neshek possibly getting the open roster spot in the bullpen. Neshek is 6-2 with a 2.05 ERA, 13 saves, and 83 strikeouts in 57 innings for the AAA club.

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