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Thread: Spring Training Game Thread: Twins v Pirates, 3/26/14 @ 12:05pm CT

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    Spring Training Game Thread: Twins v Pirates, 3/26/14 @ 12:05pm CT

    Getting this up EARLY today because my day later on is a mess! But I love my job! I just wish I could watch baseball while I'm working. Thanks to SampleSizeOfOne for posting a game thread yesterday ... it was great!

    Pirates:
    SP, Cumpton

    Josh Harrison (R) LF
    Travis Snider (L) RF
    Andrew McCutchen (R) CF
    Travis Ishikawa (L) 1B
    Neil Walker (S) 2B
    Gaby Sanchez (R) DH
    Tony Sanchez (R) C
    Jordy Mercer (R) SS
    Clint Barmes (R) 3B

    Twins:
    SP, Nolasco

    Brian Dozier (R) 2B
    Joe Mauer (L) 1B
    Jason Kubel (L) LF
    Josh Willingham (R) DH
    Oswaldo Arcia (L) RF
    Trevor Plouffe (R) 3B
    Kurt Suzuki (R) C
    Aaron Hicks (S) CF
    Pedro Florimon (S) SS

    Since I'm not Brian, I haven't quite as much to think about. I was at the game last Friday when Nolasco pitched, and the Mets scored 7 runs in the first. I just hope Nolasco does better.

    And this lineup ... I don't hate it; I think it's about as good as it can get with what we have. I'd swap Suzuki and Hicks, though, but at this point, whatever.

    Okay, chatter it up ... and play ball! (in a few hours)

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    Thanks Chi Town
    I'd bat Hicks 9th because I think he'd have a better chance of being on base when the top of the order comes up than Suzuki or Pedro will. However, I'm not sure any order they pick will help much with this bunch.
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    Came in here to hide out. The forum threads are getting a little nasty. Can't wait for the season to start so we can argue about facts instead of projections.

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    Yeah, the forums often lack humor.

    I've claimed Pirates as my second team since they signed Mientkiewicz to a minor league deal in '08, and he told them how they'd turned it around while he was in Minnesota.

    I just took a walk down memory lane, and dug up one of those articles:

    http://old.post-gazette.com/pg/08049...id=pirates.xml

    He has something to say about "accountability" there...

    Anyway, i'm lookin' forward to a good game either way!

    "Play Ball!"
    "You have no idea how often I contemplate the wavefunction of baseballs. I've
    lost whole days to the subject.

    Sorry, not a joke,"
    ++(a pro physics friend)

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    1st inning turned out better than it started.

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    Yup, Nalasco got those two breaking balls by McCutchen with the runner at second with three balls.

    Nice to see.
    "You have no idea how often I contemplate the wavefunction of baseballs. I've
    lost whole days to the subject.

    Sorry, not a joke,"
    ++(a pro physics friend)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sampleSizeOfOne View Post
    Yeah, the forums often lack humor.
    I could run over to the Accountability thread and try to come up with a Carnac routine on "Vance Worley" if you think it would help.

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    If you think they'd appreciate it, sure. But don't do it just for me.

    But i'm not entirely accurate. There is humor in them, it is just less prevalent.

    I guess it goes with the territory of taking things seriously.

    And i still enjoy reading them. I just read them a bit less thoroughly sometimes.
    "You have no idea how often I contemplate the wavefunction of baseballs. I've
    lost whole days to the subject.

    Sorry, not a joke,"
    ++(a pro physics friend)

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    Plouffe with a double to right - what he needs to do, if he wants to see pitches where he needs them for homers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sampleSizeOfOne View Post
    If you think they'd appreciate it, sure.
    Oh, well then. Consider it done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winston Smith View Post
    Wasted here. Bring this to the "Will this team be the worst of the last four years?" thread and cheer everybody right up.

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    Going a lot better today for Nolasco than his last outing. Hope it means that whatever he was working on last time came together.

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    One hit for each side after four. This may be how good games go this year.

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    Only 4 innings for Nolasco, in his final tuneup. Is that a bit short? I guess we should expect no more than 6 next Monday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
    Only 4 innings for Nolasco, in his final tuneup. Is that a bit short? I guess we should expect no more than 6 next Monday.
    I wondered the same thing about Pelfrey's 4 yesterday. Correia seems more stretched out.

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    Finally Swarzak nails 'em.

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    Does Willingham look done like last year and his spring ave. seem to indicate?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Winston Smith View Post
    Does Willingham look done like last year and his spring ave. seem to indicate?
    It's hard to be optimistic, but I do think we need to give him a lot of time before giving up on him.

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    For some reason Gardy is down at the minors in the tower watching the AA game closely.

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