Twinsbaseball: 2008

Winter Caravan in Morris

Tuesday, January 15th of 2008
(Old #1 Bar & Grill)

I was able to get off work during lunch break (12noon -1pm) to take one of the clients to see a couple of Twins players in town.

I stand in line anticipating for autographys myself
Michael Cuddyer and Mike Redmond signing autographs

My friend mistakenly calls Matt Redman another player-Michael Cuddhyer

A friend of mine with the Twins Bear

Twins 2008 Season Highlights


  • Morneau's homer, three RBIs power Twins to ninth straight win,

  • "...Morneau went 3-for-4 with a walk and three RBIs. Twins starter Scott Baker also had a big day. Baker (4-2) got his first big league hit and scored his first run while holding the Padres to three runs and six hits in six innings. Joe Nathan pitched a perfect ninth for his 21st save in 23 chances."
    The Twins swept the Washington Nationals, Arizona Diamondbacks and now the Padres. Prior to that, they won two of three against Milwaukee. Minnesota is 12-3 overall against the NL this season going into their final interleague series at home this weekend against the Brewers.
    The Twins have gained six games on the AL Central-leading Chicago White Sox during this round of interleague play. The Twins have outscored their opponents 56-19 during the nine-game winning streak, and their starters are 8-0 with a 2.17 ERA. It's their longest winning streak since taking 11 straight from June 22-July 3, 2006.

    Twins Games I Attended

    Saturday, May 31st of 2008 vs. New York-Yankees at the Metrodome

    Prior to the game, I served as a "volunteer" for the Special Olympics selling raffle tickets. I would find out later that we (Morris team) sold close to 500!
    *see GoodnewsEverybody: Social-Physically Challenged

    Lost 7-6 in 12th

    NY Yankees 0 0 3 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 11 0
    Minnesota 1 1 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 13 1

    Standings thru 5/31/08 | Recap: NYY | MIN | Gameday | Yankees stats | Twins stats
    Damon, LF 5 2 2 1 1 0 1 .291
    Jeter, SS 6 1 1 0 0 1 1 .269
    Abreu, RF 5 1 2 2 1 2 0 .298
    Rodriguez, 3B 5 0 1 2 1 1 3 .288
    Matsui, DH 4 1 1 0 2 0 1 .337
    Giambi, 1B 6 1 1 0 0 1 4 .240
    Betemit, 1B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .265
    Cano, 2B 5 0 1 0 0 0 3 .219
    Molina, C 5 1 1 1 0 1 1 .218
    Cabrera, CF 4 0 1 1 0 1 1 .265
    Totals 45 7 11 7 5 7 15

    2B: Matsui (12, Bonser), Abreu (12, Bonser), Molina (11, Crain).
    TB: Damon 2; Jeter; Abreu 3; Rodriguez; Matsui 2; Giambi; Cano; Molina 2;
    RBI: Abreu 2 (36), Rodriguez 2 (21), Molina (6), Cabrera (24), Damon (25). 2-out RBI: Abreu; Rodriguez 2; Damon.
    Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cano; Matsui; Rodriguez; Giambi 2.
    SF: Cabrera.
    GIDP: Damon.
    Team LOB: 8.

    SB: Rodriguez 2 (6, 2nd base off Reyes/Mauer, 2nd base off Bonser/Mauer), Damon (8, 2nd base off Bonser/Mauer), Abreu (5, 2nd base off Bonser/Mauer).
    CS: Rodriguez (1, 3rd base by Reyes/Mauer).
    Minnesota AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
    Gomez, CF 6 0 1 1 0 2 4 .282
    Casilla, 2B 3 2 1 1 3 0 1 .340
    Mauer, C 5 0 1 0 1 1 4 .315
    Morneau, 1B 6 0 1 1 0 1 4 .305
    Cuddyer, RF 6 1 2 2 0 2 3 .232
    Kubel, DH 6 0 0 0 0 3 4 .241
    Young, LF 6 2 3 0 0 3 2 .264
    Lamb, 3B 6 0 3 0 0 0 2 .255
    Punto, SS 4 1 1 1 1 0 1 .264
    Totals 48 6 13 6 5 12 25
    2B: Young (7, Wang), Lamb (8, Wang).
    3B: Lamb (2, Ohlendorf).
    HR: Cuddyer (2, 7th inning off Ramirez, 0 on, 1 out).
    TB: Gomez; Casilla; Mauer; Morneau; Cuddyer 5; Young 4; Lamb 6; Punto.
    RBI: Morneau (42), Punto (8), Cuddyer 2 (22), Gomez (23), Casilla (13). 2-out RBI: Morneau.
    Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Young; Mauer; Gomez 2; Kubel.
    SF: Punto.
    Team LOB: 12.
    SB: Punto (4, 2nd base off Wang/Molina), Casilla (2, 2nd base off Wang/Molina), Young (9, 3rd base off Wang/Molina).
    E: Punto (2, fielding).
    DP: (Punto-Morneau).

    NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
    Wang 5.1 9 5 5 3 4 0 4.14
    Ramirez (BS, 1) 1.1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0.56
    Veras 1.1 1 0 0 0 1 0 3.86
    Farnsworth 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 4.26
    Ohlendorf (W, 1-1) 2.0 2 0 0 2 4 0 5.97
    Rivera (S, 15) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.36
    Minnesota IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
    Bonser 5.0 5 5 2 3 2 0 5.97
    Crain 1.0 2 1 1 0 0 0 4.05
    Breslow 1.2 0 0 0 0 3 0 2.70
    Guerrier 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.16
    Nathan 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1.59
    Reyes 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2.55
    Rincon (L, 2-2) 1.2 3 1 1 1 0 0 4.38
    Bass 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5.61
    Bonser pitched to 2 batters in the 6th.
    IBB: Punto (by Ohlendorf).
    Pitches-strikes: Wang 92-58, Ramirez 16-11, Veras 20-13, Farnsworth 15-11, Ohlendorf 45-28, Rivera 10-7, Bonser 103-67, Crain 20-15, Breslow 26-20, Guerrier 3-3, Nathan 15-10, Reyes 12-5, Rincon 31-17, Bass 3-2.
    Ground outs-fly outs: Wang 5-7, Ramirez 1-3, Veras 1-2, Farnsworth 1-0, Ohlendorf 0-2, Rivera 1-1, Bonser 7-6, Crain 1-2, Breslow 0-2, Guerrier 0-0, Nathan 2-0, Reyes 1-1, Rincon 3-2, Bass 0-1.
    Batters faced: Wang 28, Ramirez 5, Veras 5, Farnsworth 3, Ohlendorf 10, Rivera 3, Bonser 24, Crain 5, Breslow 5, Guerrier 1, Nathan 3, Reyes 3, Rincon 9, Bass 1.
    Inherited runners-scored: Ramirez 2-1, Crain 2-2, Bass 3-0.
    Umpires: HP: Bill Miller. 1B: Chris Tiller. 2B: Gary Darling. 3B: Jerry Meals.
    Weather: 68 degrees, dome.
    Wind: Indoors.
    T: 4:35.
    Att: 36,441.

    Minnesota falls in extra innings Bonser has up-and-down start as Twins can't pick up big hit By Mike Cook / Special to 06/01/2008 1:36 AM ET
    "MINNEAPOLIS -- Missed opportunities led to a defeat and possibly a demotion. Minnesota was unable to get two key hits in extra innings, setting up Bobby Abreu's heroics, as the Twins fell to the Yankees, 7-6, on Saturday behind the right fielder's RBI single in the 12th.
    Johnny Damon singled with one out and advanced to third on a single by Derek Jeter. Abreu then delivered the third straight single up the middle against Twins righty Juan Rincon (2-2), Minnesota's sixth reliever.
    The Twins, who entered the game hitting a Major League-best .311 with runners in scoring position, had Mike Lamb at third base with two outs in the 10th and Alexi Casilla on second with no one out in the 11th, but they could not get the game-winning hit.
    Minnesota starter Boof Bonser went five-plus innings in what is quite possibly his final start for some time.
    Bonser allowed five runs (two earned), but it may not be enough to keep him in the starting rotation. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire wouldn't speculate on any changes, only saying that he and general manager Bill Smith will have discussions in the "next few days."
    "I'd like to think I made it hard on them," Bonser said, who admitted the pending decision has been weighing heavily on his mind. "At the same time, every time they give me a chance to go out and start, I'm going to keep doing it. Hopefully, I'll get another start in five days."
    In six May starts, Bonser went 0-2 with an 8.60 ERA. Last Saturday in Detroit, the right-hander allowed eight earned runs in three innings. He was 2-4 with a 3.75 ERA in six April starts.
    Bonser was given an extra day of rest before Saturday's start, so Glen Perkins, who lost on Friday, could remain on his normal five-day rotation. It also put Bonser on the same schedule as Scott Baker, who is completing a rehabilitation assignment for a strained right groin at Class A Fort Myers.
    Baker allowed seven hits and three earned runs, while striking out four on Saturday.
    "Baker threw the ball fine down in the Minor Leagues," Gardenhire said. "His groin is fine."
    Bonser, who threw 67 of his 103 pitches for strikes against patient New York hitters, left the contest after walking Hideki Matsui and allowing a single to Jason Giambi to open the sixth inning. Both later scored for a 5-3 Yankees lead.
    "I never think I've done enough," Bonser said. "I'm just glad they ran me back out there with how many pitches I had. It just [stunk] that I couldn't get the first couple of guys out, and I had to be taken out."
    A third-inning error by Nick Punto led to three unearned runs. Leading, 2-0, at the time, Bonser walked Damon on a 3-2 pitch and then Punto booted a ground ball, allowing Jeter to reach first. Abreu doubled to score Damon, and Alex Rodriguez singled on a 3-2 pitch to plate two more runs. A-Rod broke his bat on contact, but the ball just sailed over a leaping Punto.
    "I threw it where I wanted -- a sinker in, a two-seamer in -- and he's just strong enough to get it over the infield," Bonser said.
    Trailing, 6-3, in the sixth, Carlos Gomez singled home Delmon Young, and Punto scored on a groundout. Michael Cuddyer hit a seventh-inning solo home run off Yankees reliever Edwar Ramirez to tie the game at 6.
    "Six runs is enough to win a lot of games," Young said.
    Ross Ohlendorf (1-1) worked out of two extra-innings jams to earn his first big league win, and closer Mariano Rivera picked up his 15th save in 15 tries this season.
    But Minnesota had two quality chances to avoid the New York closer.
    Lamb, who had three hits, just missed putting the ball over the right-field baggy for a home run in the 10th.
    "I thought it was a walk-off," said Young, who also had three hits.
    In the 11th, Justin Morneau flied out, Cuddyer struck out and Jason Kubel flied out, with Casilla, who singled to open the frame, left stranded at second base.
    Gardenhire said patience was not in full bloom during some crucial late-inning at-bats.
    "We chased some pitches out of the zone, and I think a couple of our hitters got excited in those situations and we chased," Gardenshire said. "It's about staying in the zone, and we've talked about that a lot."

    Mike Cook is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

    Wednesday, July 2nd of 2008 vs. Detroit-Tigers at the Metrodome

    Twins Win 7-0

    Detroit 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
    Minnesota 0 0 5 0 1 1 0 0 X 7 14 1

    Standings thru 7/2/08 | Recap: DET | MIN | Gameday | Tigers stats | Twins stats
    Detroit AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
    Granderson, CF 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 .295
    Polanco, 2B 4 0 2 0 0 0 2 .320
    1-Hollimon, M, PR-2B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .222
    Guillen, 3B 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 .295
    Raburn, 3B 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .225
    Thames, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 .276
    Joyce, RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 .194
    Sheffield, DH 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 .227
    Thomas, LF 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .315
    Renteria, SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .268
    Sardinha, C 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .091
    Totals 33 0 5 0 1 6 14
    1-Ran for Polanco in the 8th.
    2B: Raburn (7, Crain).
    TB: Granderson; Polanco 2; Raburn 2; Thomas.
    Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Polanco; Joyce; Thames 2.
    Team LOB: 7.

    E: Guillen (11, fielding).
    Outfield assists: Thomas (Punto at 2nd base).
    DP: (Renteria-Thames).

    Minnesota AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
    Gomez, CF 5 1 3 0 0 1 0 .274
    Casilla, 2B 4 0 1 1 0 0 3 .325
    Mauer, C 4 1 2 2 1 0 2 .326
    Morneau, 1B 4 1 0 0 0 0 4 .310
    Kubel, DH 4 1 1 1 0 1 0 .263
    Young, LF 4 1 3 1 0 0 0 .284
    Buscher, 3B 4 0 1 1 0 0 2 .339
    Punto, SS 3 0 2 1 1 0 1 .278
    Span, RF 4 2 1 0 0 0 4 .293
    Totals 36 7 14 7 2 2 16

    2B: Gomez (14, Bonine), Young 2 (16, Fossum, Fossum), Span (3, Fossum).
    TB: Gomez 4; Casilla; Mauer 2; Kubel; Young 5; Buscher; Punto 2; Span 2.
    RBI: Mauer 2 (36), Kubel (43), Young (29), Buscher (16), Punto (9), Casilla (32).
    2-out RBI: Mauer 2; Kubel; Young; Buscher; Punto.
    Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Span 2; Morneau; Punto; Mauer.
    S: Casilla.
    GIDP: Morneau.
    Team LOB: 8.
    E: Buscher (2, throw).
    Detroit IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
    Bonine (L, 2-1) 2.2 7 5 2 2 1 0 4.30
    Fossum 4.1 6 2 2 0 0 0 8.71
    Rodney 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 9.00
    Minnesota IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
    Blackburn (W, 7-4) 7.0 3 0 0 1 4 0 3.78
    Crain 1.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 2.88
    Bonser 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 6.15

    WP: Rodney.
    Pitches-strikes: Bonine 52-31, Fossum 55-38, Rodney 19-13, Blackburn 104-69, Crain 17-12, Bonser 11-8.
    Ground outs-fly outs: Bonine 4-3, Fossum 4-8, Rodney 1-1, Blackburn 6-11, Crain 0-2, Bonser 1-1.
    Batters faced: Bonine 17, Fossum 18, Rodney 4, Blackburn 26, Crain 5, Bonser 3. Inherited runners-scored: Fossum 3-0.
    Umpires: HP: Tim Welke. 1B: Chuck Meriwether. 2B: James Hoye. 3B: Chris Guccione.
    Weather: 68 degrees, dome.
    Wind: Indoors.
    T: 2:30.
    Att: 30,102.

    Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner

    Punto's dive ignites Twins' offense, win Minnesota follows shortstop's grab with five-run onslaught By Kelly Thesier / 07/02/2008 6:50 PM ET
    "MINNEAPOLIS -- A big offensive inning is often sparked by a key hit or key mistake. But on Wednesday afternoon, it was a key defensive play by the Twins in the top half of the third inning that ignited them to a 7-0 victory over the Tigers at the Metrodome.
    With two on and two out, shortstop Nick Punto made a jaw-dropping defensive snare: a diving stop behind second base, followed by the ensuing flip -- or, more accurately, roll -- of the ball from his glove to second baseman Alexi Casilla for the final out of the inning.
    Casilla was running in the opposite direction and had to stretch away from the base to make the grab, while keeping his foot on the bag just long enough to record the out.
    The Twins have long come to rely on Punto for highlight-reel plays. But it was the degree of difficulty in his latest maneuver that left some of his teammates, including starter Nick Blackburn, nearly speechless.
    "That was unbelievable," Blackburn said. "I didn't think at any point that ball was going to be an out. Even Casilla made a great play to keep his foot on the bag. So, all around, it was one of the best plays I've ever seen."
    Punto said that he just went with his instincts.
    "My intent was to hit him in the chest," Punto said. "But I just had to get rid of it quick. He made a great play on the back end of that and it worked out for us."
    In a still-scoreless game, Punto's nab helped prevent the Tigers from scoring the first run in that inning. And in the process, he sparked his team offensively, too.
    "To make a play like that, he definitely pumped me up," said right fielder Denard Span. "I think it set the tone for the whole day."
    The Twins carried the momentum into the third inning when they put together a five-run scoring drive off Tigers starter Eddie Bonine with two outs in the inning -- a rally that was largely helped by the club's speed.
    With runners on second and third, catcher Joe Mauer got the two-out hitting started by lacing a single to center field. The liner up the middle might not have been able to score two had it not been for the runner on second base -- Carlos Gomez.
    "I've never seen speed like this in the lineup," Mauer said of the club's trio of Span, Gomez and Casilla. "I'm not going to name any names, but somebody else out there might not have scored. But with Gomez on second, you are going to wave him more times than not."
    A fielding error by Tigers third baseman Carlos Guillen one batter later gave the Twins a chance to extend the inning. And boy, did they take advantage: The error was followed by four consecutive singles by the Twins' Nos. 5-8 hitters, leading to three more runs and giving the Twins a 5-0 lead.
    "They make a mistake and we're banging it through somewhere," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "When you do that, you have a chance, [and] you have to take advantage of it. With our lineup, we have so much speed, if we can put pressure on them and make contact, a lot of good things happen."
    The big inning and Punto's key defensive play helped Blackburn ease through seven shutout innings
    Coming off a difficult outing against Milwaukee in which he allowed six runs in fewer than five innings, Blackburn rebounded against a Tigers team that had proved tough against him this year. He held Detroit to just three hits and struck out four on Wednesday.
    "One thing he threw real well was his curveball," Mauer said. "If he needed a strike, he could throw the curveball over. You need to do that against a team like this, change speeds and keep moving the ball around."
    Of course, strong defense behind Blackburn (7-4) throughout the game didn't hurt either.
    Punto's sprawl and flip was just one of a few impressive plays in the third inning. The shortstop also made a nice grab on a line drive hit by Dane Sardinha. But the real gem, on a Curtis Granderson single, may have gone unnoticed.
    Most balls hit into the gaps by the speedy Granderson turn into doubles. But Span got a great read on the ball and whipped it back into the infield to hold Granderon at first.
    "It happened so fast, but I just tried to pick up where my cutoff man was," Span said. "I just tried to use my peripherals and let the ball go as soon as possible and as accurately as possible."
    Early on in the season, Gardenhire seemed puzzled by his team's ineffective defensive play and searched high and low for solutions. But the Twins' execution on Thursday was a sign that things finally have started to turn around.
    "We struggled through it early, trying to figure out the right mix and fits with a lot of injuries," Gardenhire said. "We're better right now than we've been. ... We're not making as many silly mistakes throwing the ball to the wrong bases now. We're throwing the ball to the right bases now and keeping double plays in order. That's what we preached and talked about. When it starts happening, you start winning ballgames."
    That's exactly what the Twins have done in their recent stretch, winning 15 of their last 18 games.

    Kelly Thesier is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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    All Star Game at Yankee Stadium

  • Morneau overcomes Hamilton's stellar show, from

  • "took the 2008 State Farm Home Run Derby crown with a 5-3 victory over Josh Hamilton in the final round, but it was Hamilton who wowed the Yankee Stadium crowd with a first-round record 28 home runs, including three 500-foot blasts...
  • 2008 State Farm Home Run Derby Tracker,

  • "..Josh Hamilton put on a home-run hitting display that would have made Babe Ruth proud, but in the end Justin Morneau emerged as the champion of the 2008 State Farm Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium. The Twins' first baseman outslugged the Rangers' outfielder, 5-3, in the championship round to come out on top. Hamilton settled for second place despite setting a Home Run Derby record with 28 bombs in the first round..."
  • Morneau's mad dash pays off- First baseman's winning run caps Twins' All-Star experience By Anthony Castrovince / 07/16/2008 3:59 AM ET

  • "NEW YORK -- Twins first baseman's Justin Morneau's instant analysis of the situation was not a positive one.
    He did not deem this to be the perfect opportunity for the American League to win the longest of the 79 All-Star Games on Tuesday.
    "One of the slowest guys on the field on third," Morneau said, "and a semi-shallow sac fly."
    The slow guy, of course, was Morneau himself. He was on third after notching a single off closer Brad Lidge to open the bottom of the 15th and advancing on a Dioner Navarro single and a J.D. Drew walk.
    When Michael Young lifted that aforementioned semi-shallow sacrifice fly to right, Morneau knew he would have a chance to put an end to the all-nighter.
    Albeit a slim chance, given Morneau's speed -- or lack thereof.
    But Morneau had momentum. He had heard an AL teammate joke during one of the many extra innings that, "If this game goes any longer, I'm going to have to put eye black on."
    He had also watched the AL squander opportunity after opportunity in extras -- including a bases-loaded, no-out situation against Aaron Cook in the 10th that went nowhere. In fact, Morneau was partially to blame for that 10th-inning freeze-out, as his groundout ended the threat.
    So the analysis didn't matter. Morneau wanted this run too much, and he got it. Once the ball was in right fielder Corey Hart's glove, he charged down the third-base line and slid in -- barely -- ahead of Braves catcher Brian McCann's tag.
    Emphasis on the "barely."
    "It was about as close as you can get," Morneau said. "I thought I was out until I saw him reach across for the ball then have to come back to make the tag. My foot just barely made it in."
    Because it made it in, the AL came out ahead, 4-3, securing a home-field advantage in the World Series that Morneau hopes he and his Twins teammates can take advantage of.
    In the meantime, the three members of the Twins who came here to the Big Apple to represent Minnesota in the final All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium had plenty to enjoy.
    "It was about as close as you can get. I thought I was out until I saw him reach across for the ball then have to come back to make the tag. My foot just barely made it in." -- Justin Morneau

    Whether it was Joe Mauer getting his first All-Star start or Joe Nathan taking in Morneau's Home Run Derby victory with his son Chase, this proved to be a special couple of days for the boys from the Twin Cities.
    "This is definitely more crazy than a normal All-Star Game," said Nathan, who tossed a perfect seventh inning in his third Midsummer Classic. "But it's all for the good. It's been unbelievable."
    Mauer, who drew a walk in the second inning and notched his first All-Star hit with a chopper up the middle in the fifth, could hardly believe he was getting the start amongst the game's elite players.
    "It's pretty cool," Mauer said. "Just looking around at the different lockers and seeing the amount of talent ... to be around some guys who were around when you weren't even playing professionally is pretty special."
    But none of the Twins had a more special experience than Morneau, who had to outlast the unbelievable performance turned in by Josh Hamilton to win the Derby on Monday night and was applauded for the classy way he handled a somewhat awkward situation.
    Clearly, the fans wanted Hamilton to win after he crushed 28 homers in the first round, and Morneau said he could hardly blame them.
    "It was his moment, and it was tough for me to fully enjoy [winning], because I wanted to see him win and everybody in the stadium wanted to see him win," Morneau said. "At the same time, I wouldn't have gotten in it if I didn't want to win."
    Morneau wanted to help the AL win Tuesday night's game, and he gave them a fighting chance when he doubled off Edinson Volquez to lead off the bottom of the seventh. The AL was trailing, 2-0, at the time, but Morneau's double sparked a rally, as J.D. Drew homered two outs later to tie it up.
    But Morneau struggled to come through in the clutch late. After the AL tied it up again at 3 in the eighth, he came up with two outs and Evan Longoria on second but made the last out when he grounded out to pitcher Billy Wagner.
    In the 10th, he came up with the bases loaded and two out and hit a grounder to shortstop Miguel Tejada. Tejada's throw just barely beat Morneau to the bag.
    As the game dragged on into the bottom of the 15th, the AL was in desperate need of a hero. The Junior Circuit's last pitcher, Scott Kazmir, had worked the top of the 15th on one day's rest, and everyone in attendance was getting equally restless, with that dreaded word -- "tie" -- on their lips.
    Morneau delivered with that single. And when he came home with the winning run on a play that made him feel like he was "running through quicksand," it was sweet relief.
    "That was an unbelievably long game," an exhausted Morneau said. "It's good we won it. That would have been a tough one to take a loss."
    Morneau was a winner on all fronts during these All-Star festivities.
    "It's something I'll never forget, that's for sure," he said. "These last couple days were pretty special. You come in here, and hope to do well, and end up scoring the winning run. What happened in the Derby was also pretty special. It was definitely a couple days I'll always remember."

    Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs."


    Scott Baker talking about his faith

    "Scott Baker speaking at KTIS Faith and Family night."
    Twins infielder Adam Everett - Christian Testimony

    "Twins infielder Adam Everett talks about his faith and Christian walk during the KTIS/MLB "Faith and Family" day 9/6/08, prior to the Matthew West concert held after the game. Sorry for the poor picture/sound quality. Gotta get me a new digital camera... "
    Kevin Slowey talking about his faith

    "Kevin Slowey at KTIS Faith and Family night talking about his faith "

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