Twins-Royals: Twins nation is going strong

Posted on June 30th, 2009 – 5:39 PM
By La Velle

Twins fans have been visible and audible throughout this road trip. And there’s been no let up here in Kansas City. Several thousand of then Twins fans are here for the series and are enjoying everything the city has to offer.

I ran into four determined Twins fans after Monday’s game at a watering hole in the Country Club Plaza – or they ran into me. They all had marks on their forearms. “Is that a brand or a tatoo?” I asked.

The answer: It was a tally.

These guys have been on the entire road trip and are tracking how many drinks they are consuming- using the traditional four lines and a slash for every five drinks. Their arms looked like coding from The Matrix. Yes, they wash it off at the end of the day but mark themselves up the next morning and continue their imbibing.

I promised I would post their leaderboard, so here are their totals through Monday night (I’m trying to read this man’s handwriting, so bear with me):

Nick Mathewson:  174
Brendan McGabbon: 165
Thrill Shakken: 164
Sam Lehman: 162

Wow. It must be nice be young.

If you know any of these men, make sure they get plenty of rest when they return to the Twin Cities.

Joe Crede is back in the lineup and said he feels great. He knows he’s got listen to what his back is telling him, and yesterday it told him to rest.

Class AAA Rochester coach Riccardo Ingram has left the team to take care of a medical issue and is out indefinitely. Rico is a swell guy and I hope he recovers well. Rich Miller is coming up from Class A Beloit to replace Ingram. The Twins have hired former player Chris Heintz to replace Miller at Beloit.

Heard from a scout that Detroit pitcher Rick Porcello hit 90 mph on the gun just once last night. He threw from 87-89 and his sinker was flat, which is why he gave up five runs on nine hits and two walks over 4.1 innings against Oakland. This is noteworthy because Porcello is scheduled to start against the Twins on Sunday at the Dome.

The matchups: Friday: Kevin Slowey against LHP Luke French. Saturday: Francisco Liriano vs Edwin Jackson. Sunday: Nick Blackburn vs Porcello.

Oh, the lineups!

Twins (39-39)

1. Denard Span, LF
2. Bredan Harris, SS
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Jason Kubel, DH
6. Michael Cuddyer, RF
7. Joe Crede, 3B
8. Carlos Gomez, CF
9. Nick Punto, 2B

Pitching: Scott Baker

Royals (33-42)

1. David DeJesus, LF
2. Willie Bloomquist, RF
3. Billy Butler, 1B
4. Mike Jacobs, DH
5. Mark Teahen, 3B
6. Alberto Callaspo, 2B
7. Miguel Olivo, C
8. Mitch Maier, CF
9. Tony Pena, Jr. SS

Pitching: Brian Bannister 

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