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Saturday, May 10, 2008

Lamb earns his stripes, Neshek falls

The Twins pulled of an amazing come from behind victory in the bottom of the ninth inning last night against the Red Sox thanks to Mike Lamb's 2 RBI single. Here's the game winning hit.

It was great to see such a good win against a team like Boston. Mike Lamb came up with the big hit that will hopefully get the struggling third baseman going at the plate. Carlos Gomez showed surprising patience at the plate drawing a big two-out walk and then stealing second base for his 15th stolen base of the season which leads the American League.

However, despite the good news, on this particular day I think I would have rather taken a loss than the bad news the Twins received. Relief pitcher, Pat Neshek, got his MRI results on Friday revealing an acute partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. What does that mean you ask? Well, I'm not doctor, but it means that Neshek will very likely miss the rest of the season. A disaster for the Twins bullpen.

Neshek, who had the started the season slowly, was just returning to his usual self and was playing a big role for the Twins bullpen. For this young Twins team it was crucial having Neshek in the 8th inning and Joe Nathan in the 9th inning to close out victories. Not only will Neshek be missed on the field, but he's one of my personal favorite players to watch and a local fan favorite from Twin Cities suburb, Brooklyn Park.

The injury is certainly hard to swallow especially since the Twins bullpen is a team strenght. Hopefully Dennys Reyes can continue his hot streak and the trio of righthanders: Matt Guerrier, Juan Rincon, and Jesse Crain will have to step it up.

Another local favorite, University of Minnesota grad Glen Perkins, makes his first appearance of 2008 as he starts against Dice-K tonight. Should be a great game and let's hope the Twins can keep up their hot streak.

MLB NEWS, one of my favorite players in the game and a member of my favorite National League, Hanley Ramirez and the Florida Marlins agree on a 6-year $70 million deal. A huge move for this great franchise.

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