This week’s links assembled as I try to stay out of prison…
- The Twins had a chance to pass Detroit in the Central last night, but faltered in the series finale versus Boston. Johan Santana wasn’t quite himself, allowing four runs (two earned) in five innings, walking as many as he struck out (three). Even the two unearned runs can’t be excused, as they came when, in the second with runners on first and second, Alex Gonzalez attempted to bunt the runners over. Santana first tried to field and go to third, but mishandled the ball, then fired errantly to (or, more accurately, past) first.
- No ground was lost, however. Seattle smoked Chicago, 9-0, and Detroit fell in Baltimore 4-3. Minnesota stays one-half game behind the Tigers (tied in the loss column) and five games ahead of the White Sox.
- From this notebook: Radke has a successful bullpen session, and Gardy wants Punto back at the hot corner next year.
- Not everyone is headed to the playoffs, of course. Jeff Sackman runs down the teams that need to blow it up and start over.
- And finally, I leave you with the work of Minnesota’s finest poet.