June 5 – This Day in Twins History

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Twins record on June 5 games is 


2012 – The Twins get shut out by the Kansas City Royals 1-0 in Kauffman Stadium. Twins starter Francisco Liriano who is having a miserable season ties a major league record when he strikes out four Royals (Mike Moustakas, Jeff Francoeur who reaches on a wild pitch, Eric Hosmer, and Brayan Pena) consecutively in the fourth inning, all swinging. Liriano is only the 2nd Twins pitcher to strike out four batters in a single inning. The Twins only get five hits, with Brian Dozier getting two of them, against three Royals pitchers. Bruce Chen gets the win for KC and Liriano’s record drops to 1-6 with the loss. Box Score

2009 – Target Field’s structural construction is complete.

2001 – Four Cleveland Indians pitchers shut out the Twins 5-0 at the Metrodome holding the home-town Twins to just six hits, two of which belonged to Twins DH Quinton McCracken. J.C. Romero started for Minnesota and was relieved by Hector Carrasco and Johan Santana. Seems backwards doesn’t it? Box Score

Quinton McCracken (Credit Getty Images)

The Minnesota Twins had to look no further than their own backyard to find the first overall pick in Tuesday’s 2001 First Year Player Draft, catcher Joe Mauer. The three-sport star from Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul, Minn., was selected over USC pitcher Mark Prior, Georgia Tech first baseman Mark Teixeira and Middle Tennessee State pitcher Dewon Brazelton. 

Twins owner Carl Pohlad with Joe Mauer

1994 – In Detroit, the Twins’ Chuck Knoblauch leads off the game with a homer off Mike Moore, then adds a second long ball in the 7th. Not to be outdone, the Tigers’ lead-off hitter, Tony Phillips goes deep against Scott Erickson in his first at-bat, and also add a second homer, in the 8th inning. It is the first time in major league history this has happened. A 3-run Tigers eighth does the Twins in and they lose by a score of 5-3 at Tiger Stadium. Knoblauch hit two home runs and Pedro Munoz added one home run in a losing cause. Scott Erickson was the losing pitcher and Mike Moore pitched a complete game for the Tigers win. Box Score

Chuck Knoblauch

Pedro Munoz






1970 – Staked to a 1-0 lead against the Washington Senators in RFK Stadium in his major league debut, Bert Blyleven gives up a home run to the first batter he faces in the big leagues, Lee Maye, but that is the only run that Bert gives up as he pitches 7 innings of 5 hit ball while striking out seven and notching the first of his 287 career wins in a 2-1 Twins win. Ron Perranoski retires the final six batters to preserve the victory. Box Score

Bert Blyleven as a rookie in 1970

Ron Perranoski



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