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Mags sinks the Twins

Maggio Ordonez’s three-run double gave the Tigers a 7-2 lead in the fifth inning.

There are four innings left in the game, but the Twins appear to be headed for a loss and a three-game deficit in the AL Central.

That’ll pretty much do it for the Twins. They had a heck of a late-season run, though, and made things very interesting at the end.

Gotta wonder what they would have done with a healthy Justin Morneau.

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Sept. 30

The last day of September is also the last day of my vacation.

I’ve had a blast spending so much time with Maisa. Today, for the first time, she took 3 or 4 steps before falling.

I’ve also been fortunate enough to spend a lot of time with friends and family during my vacation. My good buddy Marcos came over to the house last night and we watched the Twins, Braves, Rockies and Dodgers games.

I wish I could say that the last 10 days have been great for the Dodgers. They’ve lost five of their last seven and are sputtering to the finish line.

Los Angeles still needs one win (or one Rockies loss) to clinch the NL West. Hopefully it will come tonight.

Jon Garland takes the mound for the Bums at San Diego. Then it’s an off day followed by three games at home vs. Colorado.

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Win Twins!

Minnesota beat Detroit 3-2 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader today. The Twins got a great pitching effort from Nick Blackburn and went on to win it in the 10th inning.

Minnesota can tie for the AL Central lead with a victory tonight.

I’ll be watching and rooting for the Twins. I can’t stand Jim Leyland, the Tigers manager.

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Raise the Jolly Roger

Those pesky Pirates made life miserable for the Dodgers this weekend, winning 3 of 4 in a series that ended Monday.

The Dodgers sent out most of their “B” lineup on Monday. They played like a “C” lineup and lost 11-1. Ouch.

So our magic number to clinch the NL West remains one. If we win one of our last five games, or if Colorado loses one of its last five games, we win the division.

Sounds like a slam dunk, but you just never know.

Hopefully the Bums can win Tuesday night at San Diego and get it done.

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Meanwhile, Atlanta won again in its quest to catch Colorado in the wild card race.

The Twins and Tigers were rained out and will play a doubleheader Tuesday. That will be great theater. The Twins trail the Tigers by two games in the AL Central, which means Minnesota can tie Detroit by winning 3 of 4 in the series.

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Scary

Click here to read about a frightening accident.

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Maisa’s 1st birthday — and so much more!

Wow, what a weekend.

We celebrated Maisa’s 1st birthday on Saturday with a party at Sunset Park in Ankeny. Almost all of her aunts and uncles were able to attend.

Maisa received so many nice gifts. Everyone is so generous. Thank you!

Aunt Beth and cousin Zoe stayed at the house Saturday and Sunday nights, and Uncle Thomas stayed here Sunday night. We had a great time visiting with everyone.

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Saturday was a heck of a  fun day in the world of sports. The Dodgers had a come-from-behind victory and the Rockies lost, putting our magic number to win the NL West at one.

The Cyclones beat Army in Ames, and USC routed Washington State at the L.A. Coliseum.

But the biggest game of all was in State College, Pa., where unranked Iowa beat No. 5 Penn State 21-10. A terrific game by the Hawkeyes, who moved up to 13th in the AP poll.

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Sunday was a bad day for the Dodgers. The pesky Pirates scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth to win 6-5. We’ll try to split the 4-game series today.

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Flat Stanley

You ever see a Flat Stanley?

I saw one a few years ago, and I saw about 25 of them Friday night.

The Dodgers completely mailed it in during the opener of a four-game series at Pittsburgh. They were flat from the first inning on, and lost 3-1.

F-f-f-f-f-f-f-f-f-f-f-f-f-f-f-f-f-f-f-f-f-f-f-f-f-f-f-f-lat.

Still could have won the game 1-0, though. All three of the Pirates’ runs were unearned.

We’ll try to get on the good side of the scoreboard Saturday. Hoping to see victories from the Dodgers/Iowa/Iowa State/USC.

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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