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BREAKFAST LINKS: Hicks, McGee, Hamm, Sturgill Simpson

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Read these links in the voice of Chuck Bass from Gossip Girl and they are 39% funnier.

Jon Hamm's John Ham
Jon Hamm's John Ham
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Soundtrack: "Turtles All the Way Down," Sturgill Simpson

  • Aaron Hicks has been the most discussed Twin of the last day or so.  First, he was the overly laid back guy who didn't know who that day's starting pitcher was until he got to the park.  Then, he was the hero of the Twins 4-3 victory over the Red Sox on Thursday afternoon.  The Pioneer Press' Mike Berardino caught up with him after the game to talk to Hicks about the rumpus.  Key quote:

“If you get hits, your on-base (percentage) is going to go up,” he said. “You get walks, your on-base is going to go up. A walk is the same thing as a hit. You’re getting on base and you’re being able to allow yourself to be able to score a run. A walk or a hit, there’s really no difference.”

A million SABR dudes just fell head over heels for you, Aaron.  More stuff will be written about him later today.

  • Although he didn't get the win yesterday, Phil Hughes is 4-0 with a 1.95 ERA in his last five starts.  That's, like, good and stuff.  Kevin Correia's still really bad at ball-throwing, though.
  • Josh Willingham and Mike Pelfrey begin their rehab assignments today in Rochester.
  • Spencer Hall never writes about baseball.  But when he does, I will link to it because he is the best.  Here he is on Willie McGee:  "In summary, Willie McGee looked like a man with 300-year-old joints running downhill in a hailstorm."
  • The All-Star Game, which as TwinkieTown first reported is being held at Target Field in 2014, will have a celebrity softball game.  Participants include Jon Hamm (!), Andrew Zimmern, Zach Parise, Adrian Peterson, Kevin Love, and some dingus from Desperate Housewives.