June 17 – This Day in Twins History

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2017 – The Cleveland Indians took two from the Twins at Target Field, 9-3 in game one and 6-2 in the nite-cap. In game one Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez single-handedly beat the Twins by going 3 for 5 with two home runs and a double, two runs scored and four RBI. This was the first time in his career that Ramirez hit home runs from both sides of the plate in one game. Adam Wik lasted just 3.1 innings and took the loss dropping his record to 0-2. In the late game the Twins lost 6-2 when they could only scrounge up five hits, one of which was a Brian Dozier home run. Meanwhile on the other side, the Indians hit four home runs, two by Lonnie Chisenhall. The Twins were only down 2-1 in the top of the fifth when a shower caused a 1 hour and 15 minute rain delay but after that it was pretty much all Cleveland. Adalberto Mejia who started for Minnesota did not come back after the delay and was assigned the loss.

Royce Lewis, the No. 1 overall pick in last week’s MLB Draft, has signed a $6.725 million contract with the Minnesota Twins, the largest deal ever signed by a high school baseball player, according to MLB.com. While the team has not confirmed the value of the deal, the Pioneer Press reported the same $6.725 million figure, noting the club-record signing bonus was below the $7.77 million slot approved under the collective bargaining agreement.

Royce Lewis

2012 – Denard Span had an RBI single with two outs in the 15th inning and the Minnesota Twins rallied to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 in the longest game played at Target Field to that point. Jamey Carroll had four hits for the Twins, who rallied from a three-run deficit. Minnesota’s bullpen pitched nine shutout innings. Anthony Swarzak (1-4) worked a perfect 15th for the win in a game that lasted 4 hours, 50 minutes. Trevor Plouffe led off the 15th with a single off Tim Dillard (0-2), and went to second on a single by Brian Dozier, two batters later. Carroll then lined a single to right field. Plouffe ran through a stop sign by third base coach Steve Liddle and was tagged out in a rundown. Dozier advanced to third base during the play. Left-hander Juan Perez came in to face Span, who hit the third pitch he saw between the first and second basemen for the winning RBI. The game was delayed for 42 minutes between the 11th and 12th innings. We were there and stayed for the entire game. The Twins longest game at Target Field took place on May 28, 2017. Four hours and 50 minutes of baseball. Box Score

Denard Span

Jamey Carroll

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2008 – Twins starter Livan Hernandez and Nationals starter John Lannan put on a pitching duel at the Metrodome as each goes 7 innings giving up just five hits but Lannan gave up two runs and Hernandez only one as the Twins come from behind for a 2-1 win on a Joe Mauer single and a Justin Morneau home run. Cheer on those M&M boys. Box Score

Livan Hernandez

Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer

 

 

 

 

 

Cecil Cooper (Astros) and Ron Gardenhire (Twins) become the first two managers to be fined by Major League Baseball for failing to comply with pace of game regulations during contests played over the weekend. Last month, clubs were told to help enforce existing rules in an effort to speed-up the time it takes to complete a game.

Ron Gardenhire

 

1993 – The Yankees came back with two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning and held on to beat Minnesota 6-5 at Yankee Stadium II. Twins reliever Larry Casian who ended up with the loss gave up a sac fly to Wade Boggs to tie the game and then a single by Don Mattingly scored Bernie Williams with the winning run. Twins third baseman Chip Hale was 3 for 3 in the game with 2 runs scored. Box Score

Chip Hale

Baseball owners voted 26-2 in favor of expanding the playoffs for the first time in 25 years, doubling the teams that qualify to eight starting in 1994. The wild card has been in effect since 1995, although it was first intended to be used in 1994 when the playoffs were canceled due to the players strike. The wild card was expanded to two wild cards per league in time for the 2012 season.

 

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