First, my notes from Tuesday’s 13-2 shellacking:

  • I had a general idea that Denard Span was fast, but watching him run full speed in person changed my mind into thinking that he’s actually really, really fast. I’m referring to the play in which he didn’t catch a foul ball (it landed out of play) but he ran all the way to the foul fence in right field and even leapt in the air a bit to try and catch it. Seeing him leg out his 5th triple of the year helped me realize his speed, too.

 

  • Kevin Slowey did an outstanding job, lasting seven innings and allowing just two runs on five hits. He clearly kept Oakland off balance by striking out what I believe to be a career-high twelve batters.

 

  • Brian Buscher got things started early for the Twins by jacking a two-run homer, his fourth of the year, in the 2nd inning. It gave Minnesota a lead after Slowey allowed a run in the top of the 2nd.

 

  • The bottom of the order did most of the damage, with eleven of the team’s thirteen RBI coming from the 6-7-8-9 hitters, capped by Buscher’s five. Carlos Gomez launched a two-run homer, his sixth of the season, and Brendan Harris and Randy Ruiz each collected two hits with two RBI.

 

Onto yesterday’s untelevised, afternoon game. Francisco Liriano didn’t pitch as well as Slowey did, unless you want to get super-technical and say Liriano was near-perfect in that he didn’t allow an earned run through five innings.

 

Mike Redmond was the offensive star, with two RBI singles. Justin Morneau also drove in his 98th run of the year.

 

Most importantly, Alexi Casilla has been activated from the disabled list with Brian Bass being shown to the door. It’s. About. Time. He’s not a ML-caliber pitcher, but the good ol’ Twins sure gave him enough chances to try and prove it.

 

Tonight is the start of a crucial road trip, starting off with the red-hot Angels. Game starts at 9:05 and Scott Baker will start for Minnesota.

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