Twins-Indians, the red-eye edition

Posted on August 27th, 2007 – 4:39 PM
By La Velle

Folks, I had planned to post this morning because I have a bunch of leftover stuff from the weekend, plus some minor league notes. But I’m working on just three hours of sleep.

I was at Camden Yards until 8 p.m., finishing up daily stuff. I called for a cab to take me to a hotel near BWI airport. I discovered that the door I usually exit the stadium through was locked. I had to go out the service entrance, but never found it. Someone directed me through a tunnel and up into that long building beyond the right field wall you used to see when Rafael Palmiero hit some of his B-12 powered home runs.

That door was locked too, so I went behind the security desk and contacted building services, when I was told to look for a small button on the wall to push to release the door out. Meanwhile, the cab was waiting for me on the other side of the stadium. I called the dispatcher to send the cab to the new location.

A few minutes later, there was the cab….with a police car right behind it, lights flashing! I waited 20 minutes for the cabbie to get a ticket for running a red light. I finally arrived at the hotel at 10:30 (the cabbie complained about the ticket most of the way), got a quick bite to eat and tried to go to sleep. I had a 4 a.m. wake up call to catch a 6:15 a.m. flight out, but I was staring at the ceiling at 2 a.m. Going to bed at 3 a.m. Sunday morning after a rain-delayed game, followed by a 4 a.m. wake up call the next morning throws you off.

Does anyone else really care about this? Let’s move on to baseball.

Joe Mauer said the hammy feels a little better today, but I don’t expect him on the field until next week at the earliest.

Kevin Slowey may not be called up Friday after all. It depends if Scott Baker, who’s with his wife and newborn son, can return on Wednesday and throw in the bullpen. Baker didn’t get normal side work in before Sunday’s start and it showed.

The unknown in all this is that the Baker baby is five weeks premature, and Scott has to make sure everything is fine with the family first.


Twins: 1. Casilla, 2B. 2. Bartlett, SS. 3. Torii, CF. 4. Morneau, 1B. 5. Cuddy, RF. 6. Kubix, DH. 7. Redmond, C. 8. Tyner, LF. 9. Punto, 3B. Pitching: Silva.

Indians: 1. Grady, CF. 2. Cabrera, 2B. 3. Hafner, DH. 4. Martinez, 1B. 5. Peralta, SS. 6. Blake, 3B. 7. Lofton, LF. 8. Gutierrez, RF. 9. Shoppach, C. Pitching: Byrd.

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