Pitching Matchups for Twins

VS. MINNESOTA TWINS

 

Friday: 7:11 p.m. CDT, CSN

RHP R.A. Dickey (5-8, 5.21) vs.

RHP Jose Contreras (7-6, 4.54)

 

Saturday: 3:05 p.m. CDT, FOX

LHP Francisco Liriano (0-1, 5.14) vs.

RHP Bartolo Colon (4-2, 3.92)

 

Sunday: 1:05 p.m. CDT, CSN+

RHP Nick Blackburn (0-0, 7.20) vs.

LHP Mark Buehrle (0-0, 3.60)

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The good, the bad and the (perhaps) ugly from Opening Day ’09…

The good, first… The anthem, the fly-over and the respect that Ozzie showed to Billy Pierce… top drawer, each and every one… I don’t care how many times I say it…like Scott wrote… there’s just something about Opening Day that is special… no matter how many we go through…

Also, on MY “good”… the performance of Mark Buehrle… The so-called “experts” say that he struggled…

Well, folks, compared to last year’s opening start in Cleveland… 1.2 IP, 7 ER, 2 HR’s… Yesterday was a MASTERPIECE… because he kept the team in the game…
BOTTOM DAMNED LINE !!!
The bullpen?… Very, very good… Richard, Dotel and Manchild to finish it up…

The winning rally? How was it started?… by the newest weapon in the arsenal… A GOOD BUNT SINGLE by Fields…
Who knows, maybe the art of bunting ISN’T dead…
The hit and run followed…
And then… at 3:29 PM by my watch, against a former Cub(fitting, isn’t it?) named Kyle Farnsworth (BTW, read Phil Rogers’ column in the Trib today…)…
BANG, ZOOM !!!
I LOVE THAT OLD MAN !!!
The flair for the dramatic he has is unparalled…
Other than the fist pump, he acted like he had done it before… which he had… 541 times before yesterday…

Now for the “bad”…
The base running… absolutely BRUTAL !!!
The decision by Cox NOT to send Thome early on, and the decision TO send J Dye… I think that the scouting report on De Jesus’s arm should be revised… at times, it isn’t that bad…
Also, AJ trying to stretch a single into a double in his last AB… that’s like me trying to take Jennifer Garner away from Ben Affleck…

The “ugly” ? (I mean, besides the temperatures)…
The fans reaction to Dwayne Wise, in his FIRST Opening Day starting assignment…
Give him a break, will you guys?… Think what YOU would do if you were in the same boat…
Knowing # 13… Wise will be back in the lineup, and in the leadoff spot tonight…

Also, somewhat ugly… The decision by the schedule makers to make the game AT NIGHT,tonight…
The hot chocolate and coffee concessions are gonna be BUSY tonight…

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