Taylor's Twins Talk

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

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Spring Training Report: Game Twenty-Eight

A Gardenhire was responsible for the Twins win today, but it wasn't Ron -- read on for today's notes on the Twins 4-3 victory of the New York Yankees:

1.) Boof Bonser gave up a couple of solo homeruns today, but overall looked very solid and comfortable against the Yankees. There is still no word on when he's going to next start, but I suspect that the Twins are going to have him open on the second day of the season against the Orioles rather than having him wait until Game 4 against the White Sox. It's just much easier to move Bonser around than to have to move around 3 out of the 5 starters.

2.) Josh Rabe went 1-for-4 and left 4 guys on base today, but still has an excellent shot of making the roster after Mike Venafro and Matt LeCroy were cut this morning (see posts below). Frankly, I wouldn't mind seeing him on the roster -- I'll just be a little sad that J.D. Durbin couldn't pan out.

3.) Toby Gardenhire, Trent Oeltjen, Matt Tolbert, Jose Morales, David Winfree, and Brandon Roberts all got into today's game. Tolbert delivered a solid single to center that scored Jason Tyner to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth, and then scored on a ball up the middle off the bat of Toby Gardenhire that was bobbled by the Yankee 2nd baseman. Nice to see the minor leaguers contributing to a win. By the way, did anyone else think that Tolbert and Gardenhire looked like they were wearing helmets about 4 times too large? They looked like little leaguers, and I wouldn't be surprised if they had trouble seeing out from underneath the helmets . . .

4.) Johan pitches tomorrow in his last tuneup for the spring. I'm looking for him to go 6 solid innings. Carlos Silva is probably in line to start on Thursday so that nobody else has to move around, but he's unlikely to start again until April 8. Ramon Ortiz (Friday) and Sidney Ponson (Saturday) are then likely to start the last two games of the spring.

Today's Big Winner: Matt Tolbert (game tying hit, game winning run)
Runner-Up: Boof Bonser (ready to go)

Today's Big Loser: Justin Morneau (0-3 on a day when no one was that bad)
Runner-Up: Torii Hunter (0-2 with a walk)

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