June 8 – This Day in Twins History

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2014 – The Houston Astros beat the Twins 14-5 at Target Field and Twins pitchers give up four home runs, two of them grand slams (Chris Carter and Jon Singleton). This is the third time in Twins history an opponent has hit two grand slams in the same game against Minnesota. Each of these two grand slam events have occurred in a different Twins home ballpark. The Twins were only down 5-3 after six innings but then the Twins bullpen was rocked for 9 runs in the last three innings. Eduardo Nunez led the Twins attack with a 3 for 5 day including a home run. Box Score

Eduardo Nunez

Prior to the Twins – Astros game, the Twins organization unveiled their eighth statue at Target Field. The club revealed mascot T.C. Bear, who will join Rod Carew, Calvin Griffith, Carl and Eloise Pohlad, Tony Oliva, Kirby Puckett, Harmon Killebrew and Kent Hrbek, each already crafted in bronze. Of course, the ever-popular giant glove is still outside the gates for fans to photograph and enjoy.

TC Bear statue at Target Field

1999 – With the Twins leading the Cincinnati Reds 4-2 in the bottom of the 8th inning at the Metrodome, Reds pitcher Dennys Reyes beans Twins outfielder Matt Lawton. Lawton who was 2 for 4 ends up with an orbital fracture to his right eye and a concussion and misses the next 42 games and does not play again until July 18th. When he returned, Lawton wore a face mask on his helmet but quickly got rid of it because it interfered with hitting. What he couldn’t shake for the rest of the season was the uncomfortable feeling against left-handed pitchers. Reyes ends up pitching for the Twins from 2006-2008. The Twins win the game 5-2 but they made it harder than necessary by going 4 for 18 with RISP and leaving 14 runners stranded. Catcher Javier Valentin was 3 for 4 with 2 RBI. Brad Radke evened his record at 5-5 with 8 solid innings of five-hit baseball while allowing just two earned runs. Box Score

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Brad Radke

Javier Valentin (Credit Getty images)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1995 – The 12-28 Twins pound the Tigers 9-2 at the Dome. Scott Leius, Pedro Munoz and Rich Becker all hit home runs and Leius gets 3 hits, scores 3 times, drives in 2 and steals a base. Twins starter Kevin Tapani goes 8 innings gives up 2 runs but none earned and strikes out seven Tiger batters on his way to the win. Box Score

Kevin Tapani

Scott Leius

 

 

 

 

 

The Twins move first baseman Dave McCarty, a Twins first round pick (third overall) in the 1991 draft to Cincinnati and receive pitcher John Courtright. Courtright never puts on a Twins uniform.

Dave McCarty

John Courtright

 

 

 

 

 

1978 – Twins Dave Goltz and White Sox left-handed knuckleballer Wilbur Wood are locked in a scoreless pitchers duel before the mighty whitey’s break through for a run off Goltz in the top of the seventh. The Sox score another run in the top of the eighth and the Twins finally score on a home run by DH Jose Morales who gets his first home run in a Twins uniform and his third hit of the game but when the smoke clears the White Sox have a 2-1 win at the Met. Box Score

Jose Manuel Morales

Bob Horner, the College Player of the Year, is selected first in the free-agent draft by the Braves. The Twins who pick 16th selected high school shortstop Lenny Faedo. Kent Hrbek lasts until the 17th round. Of the 17 players that the Twins signed out of the draft, only Hrbek and Faedo played in the major leagues.

Lenny Faedo

Kent Hrbek

 

 

 

 

 

1965 – The first place Twins up their record to 32-16 when Camilo Pascual wins his eighth straight game to up his record to 8-0 with a complete game effort in a 6-2 win over the Indians at Met Stadium. Harmon Killebrew and Earl Battey each hit home runs to power the Twins to victory. The Indians score their two runs with home runs by Rocky Colavito and Max Alvis. Box Score

Camilo Pascual

Harmon Killebrew

Earl Battey

 

 

 

 

 

The first ever free agent draft for high school and college age players takes place. The Twins pick in round one is ninth overall and they select University of Arizona shortstop Eddie Leon but Leon doesn’t sign. The Twins use their second pick which is 29th overall to take outfielder Del Unser who also refuses to sign with Minnesota. The Twins 4th round selection Graig Nettles had a nice 22 year MLB career but the Twins traded him to Cleveland after he played briefly for Minnesota between 1967-1969.

 

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