Taylor's Twins Talk

Focusing on the Twins, with a few ramblings on other things that catch my attention

Friday, March 16, 2007

Spring Training Report: Game Eighteen

Apparently there's a mercy rule in Spring Training games - the Twins beat the Orioles 16-2 today, and the game ended after 7.5 innings. Guess there was no reason to prolong the pain. Alright, so it was rain-shortened, I just found out. The mercy rule explanation was a whole lot more fun. Here are today's notes:

1.) Alright, so Sidney Ponson didn't want to give up a place in the rotation so easily. His 4 inning performance was pretty solid, as he allowed just 3 hits and 1 unearned run while walking 1 and striking out 2. I know that most fans probably don't want to hear this, but I would assume that this puts him back in the driver's seat for the last spot in the rotation, despite the fact that Matt Garza put up 2 solid innings today as well, allowing just 2 hits. I just expect that the Twins are going to give Sidney a chance at the Major League level before they discard him. File it under "sad, but true."

2.) J.D. Durbin gave up a run on two hits in his 1 inning today. That's not enough to keep him from getting the 25th spot on the roster if the Twins want to give it to him, but it also doesn't do him any favors. I'd call it a neutral performance, with the Twins likely much more concerned about how he actually looked on the mound than with his giving up a run. Besides . . . it's one run . . . it happens.

3.) On a day when the Twins put up 16 runs, and the Orioles pitching obviously wasn't that good, Matt LeCroy went 0-3 with a walk and an RBI. Garrett Jones, on the other hand, who has no chance of making the team, finally got sick of being made fun of for his low, low batting average and went 4-5 with 4 RBI's and 4 runs scored. Brad King got into the game as well, and in typical Brad King style he got hit by a pitch in his lone plate appearance. Seriously, the man gets on base. A lot. In any way possible.

4.) Sometime in the next couple of days I'll post something on who the Twins would remove from the 40-man roster if they carry Sidney Ponson and/or Mike Venafro, who would have to be added.

Today's Big Winner: Sidney Ponson (The 5th starter position keeps getting more complicated)
Runner-Up: Garrett Jones (Look at that line! Great game for Jones)

Today's Big Loser: Matt LeCroy (0-3 doesn't cut it when the opposing pitchers were bad)
Runner-Up: Josh Rabe (0-2, 4 men left on)

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