Minnesota Twins Daily Dip, September 22nd, 2017
Welcome to the September 22nd edition of the Daily Dip, your daily piece of news and notes here on Puckett’s Pond. You’ll find the scores and a quick summary of every level of the Minnesota Twins organization and links to any information you need to know to follow the Minnesota Twins here every morning!
You will be seeing some changes begin to filter in now that the minor league affiliates have finished playoffs, and the Daily Dip will begin to implement looks around the league as well at happenings in the game of baseball as a whole.
News and Notes
- Mauer turning back the clock
- Sano continuing rehab
- Fort Myers selling shirts, hats to aid in Hurricane Irma relief
Minnesota Twins 12, Detroit Tigers 1
Adalberto Mejia continued his successful return from injury and the Twins offense exploded in the later innings, bringing a win. Mejia went 4 2/3 innings, allowing a run on 4 hits and a walk, striking out 5. Dillon Gee, Ryan Pressly, and Matt Belisle combined for 4 1/3 scoreless innings of relief, allowing only 2 hits, striking out 5. Joe Mauer had a big game, with a double, two singles, and a walk. Jorge Polanco had three singles and a walk. Eduardo Escobar had a double, single, and a walk. Jason Castro had a double and two walks. Byron Buxton and Robbie Grossman each had a single, walk, and a stolen base. Max Kepler had a double and a single.
September 22nd Probable Starter: Kyle Gibson @ Detroit Tigers, 6:10PM CT
Wild Card Standings
- New York Yankees, 85-67, +6.5
- Minnesota Twins, 79-74, —
- Los Angeles Angels, 76-76, -2.5
- Texas Rangers, 76-76, -2.5
- Kansas City Royals, 75-77, -3.5
- Seattle Mariners, 74-79, -5.0
- Tampa Bay Rays, 74-79, -5.0
- Baltimore Orioles, 74-80, -5.5
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Notes from around baseball
- Cubs finish big in exciting game vs. Brewers
- Indians streaking again, win 5th in a row
- Dodgers magic number down to 1
- Cardinals sweep Reds to keep pace in NL Wild Card
- Rangers continue surge, now tied with Angels behind Twins for 2nd AL Wild Card spot
- MLB encouraged by teams’ plans with extending netting
- Rockies drop 4th straight, maintain NL wild card lead
- Braves ball boy flashes leather
- Cano makes history with 300th home run
- Puerto Rican MLB players eager to help island after second hurricane batters PR
- Nats/Braves game delayed by lineup confusion
One Last Thing
Forty-nine years ago today, Cesar Tovar played all 9 positions against the Oakland Athletics in what can only be considered one of the most impressive feats undertaken on the baseball field. He was the second player to have accomplished the feat at the time he did it. Since, two players have also shown the same versatility, both in the 2000 season.
The most unique thing about Tovar’s version in comparison to any other done, at least at the major league level, is that Tovar followed the traditional positional numbering order, starting with 1 – pitcher, opening the game by throwing a scoreless first inning before moving to catcher, then first base, then down the numerical scoring position list in order by inning.
Not only did he move around the diamond without committing an error, but Tovar also went 1-3, drew a walk, stole a base, and scored a run in a 2-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics, so his feat was not a matter of spectacle, but simply a side story in a hard-fought win for the Twins that day.