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There are 13 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Jul 6, 2010, titled Twins hit three homers, beat Jays on Denard Span's eighth-inning si.... In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

The power went out in Toronto on Monday evening. It came back on Tuesday. The Twins and Blue Jays combined for six home runs Tuesday, and Minnesota rallied to win 7-6 on Denard Span's run-scoring single up the middle in the top of the eighth front of 15,072 at Rogers Centre.

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Justin

Burnsville, MN

#1 Jul 6, 2010
Thome did not double in Cuddyer. He was held at third and Span walked on a 3-2 pitch to score Cuddyer. Gotta check your scorebook boys.
RealityAMS

Burnsville, MN

#2 Jul 6, 2010
I hope this is the beginning of a big turnaround, especially for Mauer.
WOW

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Jul 6, 2010
15,000 people??????????
Zeke

Minneapolis, MN

#4 Jul 6, 2010
Pavano was hanging his curve, but luckily the Twins offense bailed him out.

Mijares & Crain looked great...between the two of them they threw 17 pitches...16 of them strikes!

This is the type of game that can send them on a run...just in time before the break.
hardyboy

Eden Prairie, MN

#5 Jul 6, 2010
Justin wrote:
Thome did not double in Cuddyer. He was held at third and Span walked on a 3-2 pitch to score Cuddyer. Gotta check your scorebook boys.
Don't worry, they will be right back in the tank tomorrow night. They will be lucky to win 2-3 games on this road trip.
Mauer

Plymouth, MN

#6 Jul 6, 2010
knew he had to get a hit today to keep his average above .300, thanks for playing (insert joke).
TC Florida

United States

#7 Jul 7, 2010
Just saw ESPN's top ten plays showing a remarkable efort by Cuddyer at third - so, you posters who endlessly 'claim' he cannot play third need to realize you're overly critical of this move by Gardy. Admit it, you're just plain wrong.

Since: Jul 08

St. Paul

#9 Jul 7, 2010
TC Florida wrote:
Just saw ESPN's top ten plays showing a remarkable efort by Cuddyer at third - so, you posters who endlessly 'claim' he cannot play third need to realize you're overly critical of this move by Gardy. Admit it, you're just plain wrong.
Nope- sorry. Kubel in right and Cuddyer at 3rd is a weaker fielding team than Cuddyer in right and Valencia at 3rd. The move is perplexing and smacks of desperation at best, but it's what I would expect from the most over-rated manager in baseball..
CzarInMpls

Forest Lake, MN

#10 Jul 7, 2010
Lucky win. Twins will lose the next two to Toronto and lose 2 of 3 to Detroit. Go Tigers!

“Obamacs at it's finest!”

Since: Mar 09

Anytown, Minnesota........

#11 Jul 7, 2010
Falstaff1962 wrote:
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Nope- sorry. Kubel in right and Cuddyer at 3rd is a weaker fielding team than Cuddyer in right and Valencia at 3rd. The move is perplexing and smacks of desperation at best, but it's what I would expect from the most over-rated manager in baseball..
the move reflects the Twins total screw up of not signing a REAL 3rd baseman prior to the season starting. Bill Smith totally blew this move..or lack there of.. and now it it shwoing up...Cuddyer at 3rd base, although I like it for the fact it gives Thome a chance to play but Cuddyer is not a 3rd baseman although he is probably as good as anyone we have...
brachiosaurus

Warwick, RI

#12 Jul 7, 2010
Winning on the road is critical. In hitters' ballparks like Toronto, the Twins' power should help the team win ballgames. The essential thing, however, is to get good starting pitching. If the bullpen falters too badly, the Twins have a few options, particularly Slama and Waldrop in AAA. If the Twins can win this series, once again, they've got their fate in their hands when they travel to Detroit, which could decide who's in first at the all-star break.
brachiosaurus

Warwick, RI

#13 Jul 7, 2010
There's no real reason to play Cuddyer at third. He has the second most at-bats on the team, but his offensive numbers don't warrant all his playing time. Furthermore, out of the entire mix, only Thome is older. Cuddyer might play better if he could get a rest occasionally. It might even be nice to have good right-handed power off the bench sometimes, which the Twins don't have. Cuddyer can give Morneau a break, too. If he wasn't a near gold glove caliber right fielder, the move might make a little bit more sense. Cuddyer still gets plenty of at-bats even if he doesn't play third.

The Twins should thoroughly test Valencia at third--what does he have, 48 at-bats? He has fanned a few times in critical situations, but Cuddyer has fanned or hit into double-plays with runners on base a lot this season. It's a hunch, but could it be that Valencia ignored a sign and is being punished for it? Punishment is warranted, but there's a point where a lesson is learned, too.
Scott in Orlando

Orlando, FL

#14 Jul 8, 2010
Falstaff1962 wrote:
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Nope- sorry. Kubel in right and Cuddyer at 3rd is a weaker fielding team than Cuddyer in right and Valencia at 3rd. The move is perplexing and smacks of desperation at best, but it's what I would expect from the most over-rated manager in baseball..
You're way off on this one! As TC Florida mentioned, the evidence that Cuddyer can place very well at third is on tape! Valencia is an intriguing prospect, but he is hardly proven. Gardy is doing well at getting him worked in enough to continue to develop. Plus, most people are sadly ignorant of what even drives this decision - Young's improvement. He, Kuble, and Cuddyer need to be in the line up most every game and Thome's home runs per at bat are the best on the team, so he needs to DH often.

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