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It's been a really long time since I posted on this site, but yesterday's game offered two topics for me to riff on, so without furthur ado, I'd like to get back in the swing of things.

First, K-Slow and his seven no-hit innings. I can't argue with Ron Gardenhire taking him out of the game: no-hitters are awesome and everything but you play to win the games, not to throw no-hitters, and at that point Slowey didn't give them the best chance to win: his pitch count was high and he was coming off an elbow injury. Plus, Slowey wasn't exactly cruising along - only five strikeouts and three walks, 10 fly balls to six ground balls, and he beaned the penultimate hitter he faced. Going to Rausch, who yes, almost blew it, was the best move for the team - and for Slowey - at the time. Good managing, I say.

(Cue Bert Blyleven saying something about today's pitchers being coddled and how he and Cy Young used to throw 600 innings a year).

Now, on to my favorite part of yesterday's game, James Thome's seventh-inning home run on a 3-0 count off Jerry Belvins. That was just pure awesome on Thome's part, and pure stupid Belvins' part. The home run on the 3-0 fastball is quite the "eff-you" (copyright Bill Simmons) statement. Clearly Belvins thought he could sneak one by the 39-year-old Thome, which was a huge mistake, because Jim Thome eats fastballs for breakfast.

Thanks for reading, go Twins.


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