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Game 62: Twins @ Tigers

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By my California Oregon math, that means 100 games remaining.

Miami Marlins v Detroit Tigers
“Grr, arrgh, everything OK with the dog? It was sneezing a lot, you told me last time. Oh, it’s fine now, that’s good. Let’s make this convincing.”
Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images

Time: 6:10 Central. Vegas Line: -120 MIN / +100 DET

Weather: Practically no wind, start temp 74°

Opponent’s excellent SB site: Bless You Boys

TV: FSN. Radio: Either Gladden’s back tonight or he’s dead and the Twins are hiding it

Detroit has been putting together a rotation out of thimblescraps and bailing wire. Tonight, it will be Actual Veteran (kinda) Matthew Boyd. He throws the usual four, with a fastball in the low 90s and very hard slider. Traditionally gets a lot of strikeouts and doesn’t walk many guys; his nemesis is the long dong, although that hasn’t been the case so far this year. Virtually identical numbers against righties and lefties.

Micheal Pineda returns from the injured list for Minnesota.

Today's Lineups

TWINS TIGERS
Jorge Polanco - SS Niko Goodrum - SS
Mitch Garver - C Christin Stewart - LF
Nelson Cruz - DH Nicholas Castellanos - RF
Eddie Rosario - LF Miguel Cabrera - DH
C.J. Cron - 1B Brandon Dixon - 1B
Marwin Gonzalez - RF Ronny Rodriguez - 2B
Jonathan Schoop - 2B John Hicks - C
Willians Astudillo - 3B Dawel Lugo - 3B
Byron Buxton - CF JaCoby Jones - CF

Gardy career ejections: 80

All-time ranking: Now tied for 6th, behind five retired and/or dead guys in the Hall Of Fame

Next up: Tony La Russa, at 87

Chances Gardy passes La Russa eventually: Pretty good

Chances Gardy passes La Russa tonight: Not unless they play eight games at once

Most Gardy-esque nickname possible for “Gardenhire”: Gardy

61 years ago today, the great musician Prince was born in Minneapolis. This is a neat collection of Prince photos that’s not a clicky-slideshow, they’re all on the same page. Wow, he was skinnier than I remember. Could sing and play guitar with the biggest of them, though.

And here’s Prince, with Tom Petty, covering a song by George Harrison. I’m gonna take time out to cry, now. Catch y’all later for the recap.