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Twins win May 13, 2010

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The Twins beat the White Sox today in a solid win that leaves the club up 2.5 games in the division. The game was essentially a pitchers duel between Carl Pavano and the White Sox’s John Danks. The low scoring affair (3-2 was the final score) was typical of Twins-White Sox games over the past few years, and just like the last few years, the Twins won.

Like I’ve said before, it just feels so good to beat the White Sox, it never really gets old. I’ve been impressed by the team thus far and I think we could have a very successful season if they stay on track. Let’s just hope it happens.

It’s always nice April 11, 2010

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It’s always nice to beat the White Sox.

And apart from the obvious implications it has on the central division standings, it’s mostly nice because it makes Sox fans unhappy. And everybody knows the only thing worse than the White Sox are White Sox fans.

So I was very happy to see the Twins take the series from the Sox, even if they couldn’t complete the sweep this afternoon. The club is now 5-2 after winning their first two series (they beat the Angels 3 games straight after dropping the opener) and are showing the power the line-up is capable of.

I’ve been impressed by what I’ve seen so far, and I think this could be a good year for the Twins.

But for now, it’s just always nice to beat the White Sox.

From foe to friend January 28, 2010

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With the Vikings loss last Sunday and the ever dismal Timberwolves playing for the top pick in the draft,┬áprofessional┬ásports in Minnesota have seen better days. So it came as a surprise when I found out that Jim Thome, a player with a stark fondness for hitting balls high over the Metrodome’s right-field baggie, would be entering Target Field next year in a Twins uniform. Thome is not the only White Sox player in recent years to come over to the good side of the force. Last year Joe Crede joined the squad, a player for whom I must admit I had a strong hatred when he wore black and white (probably because he always seemed to have his best games against the Twins). And while I have never felt the same kind of animosity against Thome (I have in fact always had a great deal of respect for the guy), it will be nice not having to play against him. So to make this perfectly clear: I like Jim Thome, have always liked him, and now can do so without the fear that I am essentially cheering for the bad guy in the movie.

And yet, I wonder if the addition of an aging power-hitter will be enough to propel the Twins from a franchise that always has to play better than their payroll would predict, to a team with true talent. I have heard the rumors about possibly acquiring Orlando Hudson, and let me say I am all for it. But watching last season I noticed that power was not exactly the team’s weakness. Where I, and most likely anyone else who saw us play, think we really need to improve is our starting rotation. Our pitchers were hardly average, and not to mention the our bullpen’s struggle with consistency. I applaud the Bill Smith’s efforts to add big-name players, but how about some pitchers?