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  1. Travis Snider wasn’t in the minors because he was hitting badly (which he definitely was), but to work out his swing without the pressure of the MLB. It took a lot of time, but now his swing seems to be “healthy” again. AA knows the Jays aren’t competing, that’s not why they sent Travis (or Brett Cecil) down.

    Comment by woodman — July 5, 2011 @ 10:07 am

  2. If you have the time to check out Soriano’s big single in CHC-WAS, you should. It’s quite impressive, but probably not for whatever reason you are thinking right now.

    Comment by Person — July 5, 2011 @ 10:12 am

  3. Joe, I had the exact same prediction as you when I was watching Francisco pitch in the 9th. I was so sure he would blow it. Couldn’t believe it when he struck three batters in a row.

    Comment by Vin — July 5, 2011 @ 10:26 am

  4. You credit V-Mart with moving the needle via GIDP (negative WPA). Perhaps when the biggest swing is not from the hitter’s positive performance, you could also note who was on the mound. (I’m guessing you’d also mention the defense if it wasn’t a routine turn.)

    Comment by PXF — July 5, 2011 @ 10:46 am

  5. Lets give it to non-All Star Tommy Hanson! I hope he gets his 11th win on Saturday, watches the AS game from home, and then continues taking it out on the NL the rest of the season.

    Comment by Ethan — July 5, 2011 @ 11:47 am

  6. Last year Brian Duensing was 1.2 better than his FIP, this year he is 0.6 worse. But that was a seriously lucky game for the Twins.

    Twins at the plate: 7 hits, 2 walks = 7 runs
    Rays at the plate: 6 hits, 4 walks = 0 runs

    Now granted, the Twins hits included to long balls and a pair of doubles while the Rays iso for the day was 0.000.

    Comment by Barkey Walker — July 5, 2011 @ 1:34 pm

  7. It was pretty cool that Dunn rolled with the pinches when he tipped his helmet to a standing ovation after he singled to right (on a ball Frenchy could have caught). The big guy was chuckling a bit.

    Also cool that Paulie refused to get in the box until Dunn tipped his helmet again for another ovation after Dunn’s homer.

    You can tell the fans and players like Dunnkey and want him to do well. The fans seemed to be having some fun with Dunn on the first ovation and he went with it. Good for him.

    Comment by CircleChange11 — July 5, 2011 @ 3:25 pm

  8. According to Bud Black, Richard was pulled because he was feeling tightness and they wanted to play it safe health wise.

    Comment by Drakos — July 5, 2011 @ 4:33 pm

  9. And now he’s on the DL.

    Comment by Drakos — July 5, 2011 @ 9:50 pm

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