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Squeezed between a freeway and a garbage burner

Posted at 9:39 AM on July 24, 2006 by Ben Tesch

Ideas sprout for new ballpark
When the ballpark authority met on Friday, stadium design wasn't formally on the agenda. But it drew a brief, lively discussion, as members looked ahead to weighing the highly delicate issue of how to allow the public a formal voice in the stadium's design, while also honoring the terms of the law, which let the Twins organization take charge of that.

Nothing like stating the obvious

Posted at 11:15 AM on July 24, 2006 by Ben Tesch (4 Comments)

Twins could use Lee's power
The Twins have long coveted Lee, and now there is talk in baseball circles that the Milwaukee Brewers will move him if they continue losing before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

A left fielder, Lee is a free agent at season's end. He is batting .284 with 27 home runs and 79 RBI.

He would give the Twins a righthanded cleanup presence between Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau, allowing Michael Cuddyer to move into the No. 6 slot.

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Sideburns! Get yer free sideburns!

Posted at 1:35 PM on July 24, 2006 by Ben Tesch

It's already starting to be promoted during Twins games, but you may want to take this time to mark your calendar in case you forgot: The August 10 home game against the Toronto Blue Jays is Joe Mauer Sideburn Night, where the first 10,000 lucky fans will receive a pair of replica Joe Mauer sideburns that you can wear.

No word yet on whether the entrants of Batgirl's First Annual Joe Mauer Sideburn Contest will just keep their real ones for 12 more days so they won't need the replicas.

Chicken soup for the baseball soul.

Posted at 10:25 PM on July 24, 2006 by Josh Lee

Some days, you come home late from work, tired and cranky and annoyed to realize that you've missed the first few innings of the Twins-White Sox game. And you decide that you don't even mind, because after a long, stressful day at the office, the last thing you need is the stomach-clenching worry that is the first two innings of any Brad "Rad or Bad?" Radke start. And then you see Radke give up two runs on two homers in the 4th and 5th innings, mutter a few unprintable words under your breath, and consider turning the radio off and doing something more relaxing than following the big game. Like origami. Or margaritas.

But then Michael "Swiffer" Cuddyer hits a two-run homer in the 6th -- off a right-hander, no less. And in the next at-bat, Justin "Bam-Bam" Morneau bangs out a solo shot of his own. And in the 7th, Joe "Overachiever" Mauer shows off with a three-run homer. (Mauer also sacs in a run in the 9th, but that's not particularly dramatic). And before you know it, you've cast off all your worries and are basking in the glow of a Twins victory. Who knew that the long ball was so therapeutic?

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