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Gardy Loses His Cap Again

I’m guessing the Royals love playing the Twins. They always seem to make us look like complete amateurs out there, and play their best baseball against Minnesota, despite struggling in recent weeks. Then again, when you put up Brian Buscher, Delmon Young, and Nick Punto in the seventh, eighth, and ninth spots, you’re hardly going to put the fear of god in opposing pitchers. Kansas City won 4-2 this evening.

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photo: AP/Yahoo!

Nick Blackburn didn’t pitch too badly at first, but the Twins never really got going until the eighth inning, when Justin Morneau’s two-run homer made the scoreline seem a little more respectable, but it was too little too late. The best moment of the game was probably Ron Gardenhire’s temper tantrum that got him ejected. A pitch that Jason Kubel clearly batted onto his foot bounced to Billy Butler who tagged first base and it was called an out. Gardy (rightly) got super-pissed when the home-plate umpire refused to ask the third-base umpire for his view on the play so he got ejected for the third time this year.

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photo: AP/Yahoo!

Fortunately, the A’s did the Twins a bit of a favor by beating the Tigers 7-1, so Minnesota is still only four games back. But with the White Sox playing good baseball, and the Twins barely able to get above .500 (I get tired of writing that), they’re going to have to play a lot better to remain in touch, temper tantrums notwithstanding.

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