Archive - 2006

July 25th

Twins 4 White Sox 3

Fun game tonight. Santana was pretty good against the American League's best-hitting line-up. Then the relievers came in and did their usual slamming of the door.

In the field, Michael Cuddyer was a plus, throwing out a runner at third from right field and making another diving catch. Jason Bartlett made a spectacular play at shortstop at an important time. All in all, another nice game. The Twins unbelievable streak of quality baseball continues.

July 24th

Twins vs. White Sox

Jim Souhan of the Star Tribune shares my view that Ron Gardenhire has shown signs of becoming a manager lately. He choses a different incident than I to illustrate his point, but both came in the same game--the fourth and fifth innings of Silva's last start.

July 23rd

Twins roll on

After losing 11-0 last night to end yet another long winning streak, this one eight games, the Twins came back today with Liriano and won 3-1. Just as impressive as Liriano striking out 10 in five innings of work was the bullpen which utterly shut down the Indians for the final four innings.

Heron poses



The heron has been standing out on the swamp all evening, striking various poses.



For a full five minutes, he stood like this--sort of cross-winged, as if in the heron lotus position.


July 22nd

Harvest begins



The air is heavy with grain dust. Harvest has started. It feels like Labor Day. Although the drought is taking its toll on the crops, the colors are striking.



The days are getting a little shorter, but even so, this sunset happened just after nine p.m.


July 21st

Neshek

For those of you who watched the Twins game to the end tonight, you got to see new pitcher Pat Neshek with his unusual, and apparently impossible-to-hit pitching delivery. Added bonus: He writes a weblog.

July 20th

World Affairs

This article poses what to me is the relevant question of the moment: Are we in much the same place as the world was in 1914?

July 18th

Hobbled Twins roll behind Liriano

Francisco Liriano was back in form tonight, pitching eight and two-thirds innings without giving up an earned run. He gave up only three hits. He would have pitched a complete game shutout had not substitute first baseman Terry Tiffee dropped a ball at first base.

Will

Sensible conservative George Will weighs in on the Mideast.

July 17th

Celosia



The celosia need heat to do their thing. This year, they are thriving.