June 2 – This Day in Twins History

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Twins record on June 2 games is 

 

2017 – The Twins take on the Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim and come up winners of an 11-5 game when they have two four-run innings. The Twins hit three home runs including one by Joe Mauer who went 4 for 5 with a run scored and 3 RBI. My friend Randy Rosario made his major league debut going the final two innings and giving up three runs. Box Score

Joe Mauer

Randy Rosario

 

 

 

 

 

The Twins trade Jason Wheeler to the LA Dodgers and receive cash in return.

Jason Wheeler

2016 – Eduardo Nunez’s lead-off inside-the-park homer was a sign of things to come for the Twins, as they pounded out a season-high 15 hits in a 6-4 win over the Rays at Target Field. Twins starter Phil Hughes did not have his “A” game and lasted but four innings so Twins reliever Taylor Rogers came in to pitch two hitless innings of relief to earn his first big league win. Brian Dozier also chipped in a home run and DH Byung Ho Park went 3 for 2 with two doubles. The bad news? The win upped the Twins record to a pathetic 16-37. The Nunez inside the park home run was a first for a Twins player at Target Field and the first ever lead-off inside the park home run by a Twin. Box Score

Taylor Rogers

Eduardo Nunez

 

 

 

 

 

1986 – It only took 2 hours and 18 minutes for the Blue Jays to beat the Twins 3-1 at Exhibition Stadium as Toronto starter Jim Clancy went 8 innings for the win and allowed the Twins just three hits along the way. Starter Bert Blyleven pitched a complete game and normally it would probably be good enough for a win but it was not to be today. First baseman Kent Hrbek had 2 of the Twins 3 hits. The Twins lost their third game in a row and their record now stands at a dismal 19-31. Box Score

Kent Hrbek

Officially ending his Hall of Fame career about six months after MLB owners did it for him, Rod Carew announced his retirement. A victim of collusion after the 1985 season, Carew failed to get any suitable offers for what would have been his age-40 campaign. Nine years later, he’d be awarded $782,000 in damages for his lost wages. Carew finished his career hitting .280 in 127 games for the Angels in 1985. It was the only one of his 19 seasons in which he wasn’t named to the AL All-Star team. Carew ended his career with 3,053 hits. Carew hit .328 with 92 homers and 1,015 RBI in 12 seasons with the Twins and seven with the Angels. He was the AL Rookie of the Year in 1967 and its MVP in 1977, when he hit .388 and drove in 100 runs for the only time in his career. He ended up winning seven batting titles and finishing first in the AL in the OBP four times. Both the Twins and the Angels retired his number 29. SABR Bio.

Rod Carew

1961 – A 58 minute rain delay as the game started just postponed the inevitable as Tigers starter Jim Bunning shuts out the Twins 2-0 at Tiger Stadium allowing just four hits and two of those belonged to Zoilo Versalles. Jack Kralick allowed just six hits in seven innings but two of them were home runs by Rocky Colavito and Al Kaline. Bunning was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1996 by the Veteran’s Committee. Box Score

Zoilo Versalles

 

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