Game 163 would prove to be a extra-inning thriller in the final regular season ballgame ever to be played in the Metrodome. Alexi Casilla’s 12th-inning hit drove in the winning run as Minnesota took the AL Central Crown. But that barely scratches the surface of the drama and storylines involved with this classic title fight.
After an abysmal start to the season against the Mariners and finding themselves down 5-3, 2 outs in the bottom of the ninth with no men on, those pesky ‘pirhanas’ found a wayspoiling Brandon Morrow’s first appearance in a closing role this season. The Twins are now 1-1 on the season.
Previewing the 2009 AL Central Outfielders: Jermaine Dye, Carlos Quentin, Magglio Ordonez and Grady Sizemore are the class of the AL Central. But who has the best squad? The Chicago White Sox are heads and tails above the rest of the league at the moment, but the Tigers, Indians, and Twins aren’t too far behind.
Previewing the 2009 Major League Baseball season by stacking up each AL Central’s starting rotation. The Twins and White Sox are the class of the league, while the Royals, Indians, and Tigers have some work to do.
A few quick updates from Twins Nation: The Minnesota Twins signed Scott Baker to a 4 year extension. Joe Mauer extension talks are rumored. Chad Cordero is still on the front offices radar and Eric Gagne is officially a bust.
The Minnesota Twins defeated the Puerto Rico National Team yesterday 3-2. Joe Crede had his first hit as a member of the Twins while Jason Kubel continued his hot streak. Today the Twins take on the Pirates. Catch the action on MLB.TV Audio.
Minnesota Twins Spring Training notes from the past week. Who’s Hot? Who’s Not? Lineups for today’s Minnesota – Puerto Rico game, and excerpts from around Twins Nation.
The Classic’s season is underway with Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne set to kick off this Sunday, March 1st in Belgium. Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne is the first major classics race of the season traditionally following the lesser known Ghent-Ghent.
Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Boof Bonser will have to miss the 2009 season due to a torn labrum and rotator cuff. Boof was going to contend for the 8th inning setup role for the Minnesota Twins this season. This could open the door for Phil Humber to make the squad.
Spring Training kicks off tonight as the Minnesota Twins take on the Boston Red Sox at 7pm as Glen Perkins and Tim Wakefield square off. Carlos Gomez and Joe Crede will take the night off. Also, Boof Bonser elects to undergo shoulder surgery; expect him to be placed on the 60-day DL later next week.
Last Saturday Joe Crede signed with the Minnesota Twins. The contract is $2.5M guarenteed plus incentives that could push its value to $7M based on plate appearances. These are the thoughts from the blogs across Twins Nation:
Minnesota Twins Spring Training Preview with complete schedule, ticket information, preview, key battles, and 25 man roster projections.
The Minnesota Twins have done it. Joe Crede is heading to Minnesota. Now the focus turns on our relief pitching search where the Twins have made an offer to reliever Juan Cruz.
2009 Tour de France Schedule, Route, and Course Profiles. The 2009 edition will feature a loaded Team Astana featuring Lance Armstrong, Alberto Contador, and Levi Leipheimer.
2009 Giro d’Italia Route, Schedule, and Television Coverage – Lance Armstrong’s Return to the Grand Tours
The 2009 Giro d’Italia Schedule, Route, Stage Profiles, and Dates. The Giro d’Italia is one of the three major stage races in the world (along with the Tour de France and Vuelta Espana) and marks the first time we will see Lance Armstrong compete in a major stage race since retiring in 2005.