June 6 – This Day in Twins History

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Twins record on June 6 games is 


2004 – The Twins score three in the sixth and three in the eighth and hold on for the win. Local boy Joe Mauer hits his first major league home run, a 3 run shot off Esteban Yan and the Tigers in a 6-5 win at the Metrodome. Lew Ford and Matt LeCroy also go long. Carlos Silva went 7.2 innings but had no win to show for his efforts as that honor went to J.C. Romero. Box Score

Joe Mauer

Matt LeCroy

Lew Ford







2002 – In Twins on the field action they beat the Indians 8-3 at the Dome. The Twins scored five in the fifth inning after the Indians had scored three in the top of the inning. A three-run home run by Torii Hunter in the inning was the big blow although they had five other hits and a walk in the same inning. Jacque Jones had a 3 for 5 game with two doubles and a stolen base. Kyle Lohse went five innings to up his record to 6-3. Box Score

Torii Hunter

Jacque Jones






The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission agrees to drop its lawsuit against the Twins and Major League Baseball. The deal settles a lawsuit blocking baseball’s contraction plan and removes the Minnesota Twins from consideration for elimination for the 2003 season. 


1987 – The Twins were down 2-1 going into the bottom of the ninth inning. TK decided to have Mark Salas pinch-hit for Greg Gagne and Salas came through with a pinch-hit home-run to tie the game at 2-2. The Twins then walked-off the Rangers 3-2 in the 13th inning at the Metrodome on a Steve Lombardozzi single off Mitch Williams. Twins starter Frank Viola went seven innings but came away with a ND. Box Score

Mark Salas

Steve Lombardozzi






The Yankees trade knuckleballer Joe Niekro to the Twins for catcher Mark Salas and Niekro becomes the Twins first knuckleball pitcher.

Joe Niekro

Mark Salas







1983 – No Game today. 

The Twins have the first overall pick in the June free agent draft and select pitcher RHP Tim Belcher, but Belcher will reject their $125,000 signing bonus offer and pitch for Team USA in the Pan American Games instead. He is the only first-rounder who doesn’t sign. The Reds take Kurt Stillwell with the 2nd pick. Roger Clemens is taken with the 19th pick.



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Top 10 Draft Holdouts of All Time

5 for Friday: Belcher, former No. 1 pick who bucked the MLB system

Yankee’s lose Belcher

1961 – The Twins find themselves in ninth place in the with a 19-30 record to begin the day. Twins manager Cookie Lavagetto is given a week’s “furlough” by owner Calvin Griffith. Coach Sam Mele temporarily replaces Lavagetto but it doesn’t help much as the Twins lose 7-2 to New York at Yankee Stadium I making it 12 losses in a row and 17 losses in their last 18 games. Interim manager Sam Mele was ejected in the second inning and coach Ed Lopat took over, making him the Twins third manager of the day. Yankee starter Whitey Ford was tough, allowing just one hit through the first seven innings before being pulled after allowing two hits in the eighth inning. Two of the Twins three hits were by pinch-hitters Billy Gardner and Jim Lemon. Yankee Roger Maris hit the games only home run and Tony Kubel was 3 for 5. Box Score

Jim Lemon

Billy Gardner






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