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Angels 11, Twins 5 (with apologies to Clement Moore)

Twas the night 'fore Cabrera, when all through the Dome,

Blackburn nor Santana could stay down in the zone.

Bill Smith bought Alexi a cheap one-way fare,

Knowing that Orlando soon would be there.


The children were nestled all snug in their beds,

Extra innings had come after the Twins led.

A 5-to-2 lead that the hometown 9 had,

Vanished like that, Mike Napoli was bad (bad meaning good here).


Joe Mauer was the Twins' most valuable batter

A 3-run dong rather settled that matter

LNP smacked a triple, Gomez scored in a flash

Span blooped Punto home, Rob Wilfong mustache


The Angels kept coming, they simply wouldn't go

Bullpen kept them in it, 'til Bobby Keppel...(NO! NO!)

When what to my wondering eyes should appear,

Crooked number, Crainwreck, agony and fear.


After the game, both surly and quick,

Gardy sorta resembles Jolly St. Nick,

More rapid than eagles his curses they came,

And he groused and shouted and yelled out by name.


"Now Bret Boone!  Now Monroe!  Now Tony Batista!

Rondell Friggin' White and Luis Ayala!

Used up and worthless, bums one and all,

Now dash away, dash away, dash away all!"


He sprang from his chair, beat writers a'scatter

Away they flew, their deadlines in tatters.

But I heard Gardy say, as he drove out of sight,

"Cabrera's batting seventh on Saturday night."



  • Box score here for all the ugly details.
  • Cuddyer left the game late with an unknown injury.  Will update in the ayem if I see or hear anything.  (UPDATE: it's a lower back strain.  He says that he shouldn't have to miss any time.)
  • UPDATE II: Both Joe C. and Kelly T. make it sound like it might be Buscher who gets sent down, not Casilla.  Nothing official as of 7:30 AM, other than that coffee is delicious, and at least the Tigers lost in extras, too.
  • Morneau hooked a foul ball that might have gone a minimum of 450 feet in two seconds flat.  Tough night for the Canadian.
  • That flashback to 2008 Matt Guerrier was unpleasant.  Did he think it was August already?  (In all seriousness, Napoli was locked in all night, and Guerrier settled down and finished the inning without incident. Still...)
  • If you're not worried about Bill Smith's inability to upgrade the bullpen, you didn't watch the game.