Posted at 10:40 AM on May 12, 2008
by Than Tibbetts
The Twins will try to take three of four from the Red Sox tonight, which would give the Twins their first back-to-back wins since Chicago ended a five-game winning streak. While they've managed to maintain their spot atop the Central Division, the Twins lost more players to injury.
Gleeman dissects what Pat Neshek's arm injury means for the Twins. While Neshek's numbers so far this season suggested he had lost some of his brilliance, it will be a tough transition to settle on someone who can gobble up 50+ innings in critical, late-inning situations as consistently as Neshek has.
Meanwhile, over at MNTwinsTalk.com, Drew says the Twins have found their DH in Craig Monroe. A two-dinger day makes for a nice day at the plate, but without the pink bat, Monroe has as many home runs as he now does without the pretty lumber. With Jason Kubel hitting a paltry .222, it's hard to see who else might fit in those shoes, but being that the Twins are the team that penciled "Jason Tyner" next to "DH" on the lineup card. By the way, how's that Free Jason Kubel movement coming?
Despite making great strides in Minnesota's quest to make the Santana deal look better, Carlos Gomez's cringe-inducing misplay of J.D. Drew's double still reinforces the fact that there will be many "learning opportunities" ahead.
To be fair, the Metrodome roof is a fly ball's best friend and with the Twins winning the game it will be overlooked, but the fact that Gomez didn't even get leather on the ball with his cross-footed, and clumsy stab shows how poorly he played it. It's not the first time he's taken bad lines, and hopefully we'll see him steadily improve as the season progresses. (I'm also fairly certain I heard someone -- Joe Mauer, perhaps? -- yell "BACK!" as soon as the ball left the bat.)
And, if you're in the mood for a Monday morning chuckle, Howard Sinker stumbled upon the diaries of a few Twins players.
"Joe Nathan: Dear Diary, I know I gave up two runs tonight, but Manny Ramirez never had a flippin' chance."
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