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Twins get a break

Posted at 10:03 AM on August 25, 2006 by Ben Tesch

Hamstring strain likely to keep Thome out of Twins series
Jim Thome is expected to miss the Chicago White Sox's key weekend series with the Minnesota Twins because of a strained hamstring.

Thome was hurt during Wednesday night's win in Detroit and was not in the lineup for Thursday afternoon's series finale.

30 is old news, let's go for 40...

Posted at 10:23 AM on August 25, 2006 by David Zingler

Last night, in the Twins 11-2 stomping of the Orioles, Justin Morneau hit his 32nd homerun of the season. Only Harmon Killebrew has had a 40 homerun season in a Twins uniform (which he did 7 times). In the 60 seasons the franchise called our nationís capitol home, Killebrew (42, 1959) and Roy Sievers (42, 1957) were the only players to reach the milestone.

The Twins have 36 games remaining this season which means Morneau must hit one homer every 4.5 games to reach 40. So far this season, the Canadian has hit one out about once every 3.8 games, so itís definitely doable.

The 25-year-old has played in 121 out of the teamís 126 games and hasnít had an off day since May 19, so barring injury heíll be in the line-up everyday the rest of the way. On July 10, I predicted a 41 homerun season for Morneau, Iíll stand by that....

An exciting one-third of a game.

Posted at 10:51 PM on August 25, 2006 by Josh Lee

There's nothing worse than having to work late on a Friday night. Unless it's working late on a Friday night, and coming home to discover that Brad Radke only lasted two innings into the Twins-White Sox game. Or realizing that you've missed Nick Punto's first home run of the year, as well as Torii's 20th.

But in the Biggest Series of the Year (Until the Next One), there's plenty of excitement to be had, even if you can only catch the last three innings of a game -- especially when there's a tie that doesn't get broken until the 9th inning on a Bartlett RBI. Or when Joe Nathan decides to treat us to a heart attack of a save. A win that ends on a fan interference call is still a win, though, and the Twins now lead the Wild Card race by a whopping ½ game. And it's the weekend, so I won't even have to work through the rest of the series!

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