REGGIE TALES Minnesota Twins
I recently stopped being mad about the Twins loss to the Yankees in the playoffs. Recently. And while it took a couple months longer than normal to get over it, I finally realized something: The Twins... Posted on 3/9/11 at 11:51 AM
Former All-Star Joe Nathan will take over the closer's job for the Minnesota Twins, replacing the struggling Matt Capps. Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire announced the switch before Saturday's game against the Kansas City Royals.
"Pitchgate" got another day in the news cycle Saturday when Twins manager Ron Gardenhire called a brief team meeting to "clear the air" over a public dispute over pitch selection between left-hander Jose Mijares and catcher Joe Mauer.
Trevor Plouffe got the message Twins manager Ron Gardenhire sent out through the media last week, which was that the manager wasn't pleased with the shortstop's passive play or his reaction to being out of the starting lineup because of that passive play.
"It's nice not finishing second, I can tell you that. So I have that off my back," said Ron Gardenhire, who finished second in balloting five previous times. "And (reporters) won't ask me about finishing second anymore, so that's off my back. Now, if we can just go out and whack the Yankees and get that off our back."
Ron Gardenhire appeared to be very grumpy before Tuesday's game against the Indians. All this talk about a potential division-clinching celebration didn't sit well with him. I don't know why. Even Gene Mauch couldn't have flubbed this lead.
There are lots of people who think the guy’s a managerial genius, a consistent winner with inspiring passion and a deft touch in the clubhouse.
There also are a sizable number who think he’s a complete dunce, a strategic disaster who mishandles his pitching staff and plays misplaced favorites.
Joe Rauch made his season debut for the Minnesota Twins with a perfect ninth inning to earn his first AL save, securing Blackburn's 5-3 victory over Joe Saunders and the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.
Hideki Matsui drove in the go-ahead run in the fifth and added an eighth-inning homer in his dynamic Angels debut, and Jered Weaver pitched six strong innings for Los Angeles in a 6-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night.
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