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Off Day News: White guarantees he’ll play in all 2nd half games

Posted at 10:46 AM on July 11, 2007 by David Zingler

Despite earlier reports that oft-injured outfielder Rondell White will remain on the Disabled List, the veteran has pronounced himself physically fit and ready to go for the second half.

“I am not only ready to be in the line-up everyday, but I am ready to carry this team in the second half,” White proclaimed. “I feel like Kirby Puckett before Game 6 in ’91 – ‘Just jump on my back’!”

Some in the organization however, aren’t so sure. “That guy can’t even walk from his locker to the shower without pulling something,” a high level Twins official said. “I think most of us have written him off.”

The 35-year-old White played just 3 games, hitting .111 (1 for 9) before going on the DL on April 10. He recently began a minor league rehab assignment, but has been unable to play consecutive games in the field.

Torii Hunter, who seems to be excited about everything these days, shares White’s optimism. “Rondell is the real deal,” Hunter commented. “I can’t wait to see him again. Watch out American League!”

When asked about the skeptics, White simply said, “See you on Thursday and everyday after that.”

I left my heart in San Francisco

Posted at 2:20 PM on July 11, 2007 by Chris Dall

Anyone catch the All-Star Game last night? I dipped in and out, and was fortunate to catch some of the more memorable moments, like Ichiro's inside-the-park home run. It wasn't quite as iconic a moment as Pete Rose running over Ray Fosse, but it's a highlight that we'll be seeing for a while.

I generally think all the hoopla surrounding the event is a bit much, but baseball's "midsummer classic" remains the best of any the major sports league's self-promoting events. There's something about seeing all the different uniforms on the field that's still pretty cool. It's not the same as when I was a kid, but it's the only all-star event I even think about watching.

One person who apparently didn't have a very good time is Albert Pujols, who was left on the bench by Tony LaRussa (for reasons only Tony LaRussa knows) and was not happy about it. Check out Deadspin for their take on LaRussa's decision.

Well, at least we know the Twins will have home-field advantage for the World Series.

Twins have a 6% chance of reaching the playoffs

Posted at 3:26 PM on July 11, 2007 by Tom Scheck

How do I know? Baseball prospectus. They give the odds on every team.

Do the Twins prospects make you sad? Look at the bright side. The Nationals have a .02% chance. The Royals have a .007% chance. The Devil Rays have a .00025% chance.

Imagine being a Devil Rays fan - you have to watch a team with no chance of reaching the playoffs INDOORS!

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