May 20 – This Day in Twins History

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2012 – A tought day for the Twins at Miller Park when they get trounced 16-4 and their 2012 record drops to 14-27. Joe Mauer is 4 for 5 with a double but it is not nearly enough. Twins starter Jason Marquis last just 1.2 innings and gives up 8 earned runs and reliever Jeff Gray gives up 5 more and can’t retire a single batter. Zach Greinke is credited with the win. Things got so bad that skipper Gardenhire brought in catcher Drew Butera to pitch the 8th inning. Butera became the sixth position player in Twins history to take the mound although this was actually the ninth time this situation has occurred for the Minnesota Twins as outfielder Dan Gladden pitched twice for the Twins and outfielder John Moses did it three times. Butera did not allow a hit or a run and walked one batter while striking out one batter (former Twin Carlos Gomez). Butera threw 17 pitches and several were over 90 MPH and one pitch hit 94 on the radar gun. Drew and his father Sal, become the first father-son position player combo to pitch in a major league game. Sal Butera, also a former Twins catcher pitched a scoreless inning for Montreal in 1985 and again for Cincinnati in 1986. Box Score

catcher Drew Butera pitching

Joe Mauer






2011 – The funeral for Harmon Killebrew was held at Christ’s Church of the Valley in Peoria, Arizona. Several hundred mourners, including past and present members of the Minnesota Twins, attended the service on a gorgeous sunny morning. The Twins just happened to be in town because they were scheduled to play the Arizona Diamondbacks in their first inter-league play of 2011. Current Twins Joe Nathan, Michael Cuddyer, and Justin Morneau, as well as manager Ron Gardenhire, were pallbearers, along with ex-Twin Paul Molitor and Killebrew’s former teammates Rod Carew, Tony Oliva and Frank Quilici. Bert Blyleven, now a Twins broadcaster, was the only non-family member other than the pastor to speak at the service. A private burial is planned for Monday, May 23 in Killebrew’s hometown of Payette, Idaho.

On the field the Twins lost to Arizona 8-7 at Chase Field after a gallant come-back with two runs in the 8th inning and three more in the ninth but they came up short. Trevor Plouffe, Michael Cuddyer and Danny Valencia all hit home runs and Brian Duensing was the Twins starting and losing pitcher. Box Score

2005 – In an amazing pitching performance, Carlos Silva beats the Brewers 7-1 at the Metrodome with a 74 pitch (54 strikes) complete game win in a game that lasted 2 hours and 27 minutes. The Twins hot hitter that day was Nick Punto who was 4 for 4 with a double, RBI, and run scored and shortstop Juan Castro chips in a home run.. Box Score

Carlos Silva

Nick Punto – Credit Getty Images

Juan Castro






1995 – Minnesota Twins outfielder Marty Cordova ties a rookie home run record by hitting home runs in five consecutive games including this 10-6 loss to Seattle at the Dome. Future Hall of Fame Mariners pitcher Randy Johnson ends his home run streak the next day. Box Score

Marty Cordova – Courtesy of the Minnesota Twins

1994 – The Twins are hot having won 9 out of their last 10 games and are beating the Boston Red Sox 10 to 1 after 4 1/2 innings at the Metrodome. Then in the bottom of the fifth the Twins send up 16 batters, get 10 hits (8 singles, 1 double, and 1 home run), 2 walks, a hit batter, score 11 runs and leave 2 on base against three Red Sox pitchers and take a 21 – 1 lead and they hold on for a 21-2 victory. Now that is a fun inning if you are a Twins fan. Kirby Puckett was 3 for 3 with 7 RBI and Carlos Pulido was the winning pitcher. Fourteen Twins batters had at least two PA’s and the only player to not get a hit was future Hall of Famer Dave Winfield who was 0 for 3 as the teams DH. Only three of the 14 batters failed to cross the plate at least once. Box Score

Kirby Puckett

Carlos Pulido










1989 – Danny Gladden ties a major league record when get gets 7 official at bats against the Texas Rangers in a 9 inning game. Randy Bush ties a Twins record with 8 RBI’s when he goes 3 for 4 with two home runs and Al Newman goes 2 for 3 with three walks and scores four times in a 19-3 win at Arlington Stadium. Twins starter Roy Smith gets the win. Box Score

Randy Bush

Al Newman

Dan Gladden






1986 – The Twins acquire pitcher Keith Atherton from the Oakland A’s for a PTBNL that turns out to be pitcher Eric Broersma.

Eric Broersma

Keith Atherton






1984 – Boston’s Roger Clemens strikes out 7 batters in 7 innings en route to his first ML victory, 5-4 over the Twins at the Metrodome. This was the second big league game for Clemens, he had started against the Indians five days earlier and had no decision. Clemens gave up 363 career home runs, Tom Brunansky hit the very first one in this game. Twins center fielder Darrell Brown had a good game going 3 for 4 with a double, scored twice, and stole a base. John Butcher took the defeat. Box Score

Darrell Brown

Roger Clemens






1970 – Second baseman Rod Carew becomes the first Twins player to hit for the cycle when he accomplishes that rare feat by hitting a triple in his final at bat in a 10-5 win over the Royals in Kansas City. Dave Boswell got the win and Tommy Hall got the 3 inning save. In addition to Carew’s homer, Rich Reese, Leo Cardenas and Paul Ratliff also contributed home runs to the win. The win was their seventh in a row and upped their record to 25-10. Box Score

Rod Carew

Tommy Hall






1962 – The Twins split a double-header at Yankee Stadium losing the first game 4-3 and winning the second game 4-2. In game one the Twins trailed 3-2 going into the ninth inning but tied it up on a sac fly by George Banks after a Bernie Allen triple. The Yankees however; came back in the bottom of the inning with a Clete Boyer single, Yogi Berra walked, Bobby Richardson got an infield single and that brought up Tom Tresh who hit a walk-off single and Ray Moore and the Twins lost the game 4-3. Box Score

George Banks

Bernie Allen

In the nite cap Jim Kaat and Rollie Sheldon hooked up in an honest to goodness pitching duel and the game was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation play. The Twins scored one in the tenth but so did the Yankees and the game went on. In the top of the 13th the Twins scored two runs and the Twins brought in Dick Stigman who earned the save and the win went to the loser of the early game Ray Moore. Lenny Green and Zoilo Versalles each had three hits in the game. Box Score  And that ladies and gentlemen is how Twins reliever Ray Moore became the first Twins pitcher to lose and win a game in the same day.

Jim Kaat

Ray Moore

Zoilo Versalles






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