Best game I’ve seen all year.
It would be awesome if they switched to the Steve Harvey show right about now.
Top of the order for the Twins next inning, get it!
that just means a mauer walk to get to gomez again.
Better than the 15 inning Sox/Yankees game?
I’d say so, lots more exciting plays
the yank game was better pitched, but this has more drama.
this one matters just a touch more
Not even close. That game was the most boring great game I’ve ever seen. Pretty much nothing happened until Hinske’s liner that Drew caught.
I foresee Mauer becoming a hero here…
I foresee Mauer being walked
well we were both wrong
None of these relievers are really being over worked. I don’t know if this extra innings thing is going to work how I expected it to.
They should make these tie breakers playoff games and only allow the 25 man roster.
I think the only way it hurts is if it goes into Rockies-Padres type length and they have to use playoff starters.
I was thinking the same thing–but, hey, they’re being called on to warm up and facing hitters in high stress scenarios.
So that’s something.
Rodney is at 30 pitches and Nathan went 1.2 innings. We have that at least
Yeah but they won’t be pitching tomorrow anyway. Neither team will need their closer.
Exactly. No point bringing in your closer when you lose Game 1 of the ALDS 28-0. Give him some rest so he’s fresh to also not come in any of the other games during your first round sweep.
Bonus point: You’ll lose Game 3 at home, so there will be no need to book a sad, pathetic flight home after you get eliminated, you can just take a cab home, sobbing all the way.
Who do the Twins have left? Gardy is making alot of bullpen switches.
Wow, nice game going on. Any amazing things happen yet?
nah, pretty boring.
yeah everyone is cheering about nothing..
all the runs were lame.. and Raburn.. ha.. what a terrible outfielder..
I can has 15 innings please?
Or 20? Not to be greedy…
why stop there?
I hope this doesn’t come back to haunt us some way, some how. Like the winner is so on fire coming into the Bronx and the Yanks just assume they’re tired.
Nah, it’s us fans who will behave that way.
This year, the Yankees don’t take anything for granted. They will fucking bunt on a pitcher who just lost a leg in ‘Nam. They’re that intense!
I don’t think the Yanks played 162 games (and won 103) only to assume that their playoff opponent would be “tired.” No worries. If anything, this works to our advantage…IF anything.
Confidence Level: 27
burn the pen burn the pen burn the pen burn the pen…
we can dream?
to every Pen, burn burn burn, there is a (regular) season (game), burn burn burn, and make time for every pitcher under the sun
Can you guys believe this?!? My laptops out for repairs so I can’t enjoy the game chats during the game, but man, I hop this goes on all night…either team will be minced meat tomorrow.
I feel obligated to point out that while the Tigers have a paucity of lefty batters on their 25-man team, there were still opportunities that arose during this game that propelled the Twins to bring in a lefty reliever TWICE. First Mijares, then Mahay.
Keep that little nugget of information in your pocket.
(grins smugly in Tyler Kepner’s direction)
yes, cause we can bank on those extra innings in each game. lol.
I’m just saying. Wouldn’t you rather have a second LOOGY more than a third catcher? I know I would.
Ordinarily, but if Girardi is going to insist on Molina actually playing, that changes the calculus a bit.
No, it doesn’t.
If Molina plays, Posada doesn’t play (because there’s no advantage of playing Posada over Matsui). Posada is Molina’s replacement.
rodney is still out there???
Good, he won’t be available for a few days.
i would forbid the twins from swinging at a single rodney pitch
i still think the 15 inning game was the best all season, but this is number 2 for sure
GOOOOOO BOTH TEAMS GETTING OUTS!
Twins win it here – Rodney gets gassed and gives it up
With the way this game has been going, Rodney probably pitches two perfect innings to (partially) redeem himself.
You’re halfway there. Quick, lay some money down on this.
…and I suck at predictions
Teams have to think about being selective against a guy like Rodney.
Now it gets interesting. To me, if you’re thinking about getting a starter up, you have to think ahead, and get him up early enough for him to get his usual warmup in
If you’re Leyland, do you get Edwin Jackson up?
Damn C-Grand, that’s how you do it.
Hell of a catch, Granderson. You could patrol centerfield for my team any day of the week.
Oh snap, Granderson.
Ron Darling, no Granderson has been getting TERRRRRRIBLE jumps lately.
granderson is incredible
I’d almost forgotten what it feels like to watch live playoff games.
The OC FTL
OC that’s why you don’t curse at the umpire.. lol
Wow brutal call
is rodney even available tomorrow. this shows how little leyland believes in the rest of his bullpen.
You might have answered your own question.
no, just cause he hates the rest of his pen doesnt mean rodney throwing 36 pitches can go tomorrow.
Yeah, I know… I was emphasizing your…
Way to run that out Mauer
On two occasions tonight the announcers have implied that this game hurts the Yankees because “they still don’t know which scouting reports to go over.” That is just frighteningly asinine.
Kind of makes me realize that we’re lucky we have Michael Kay…
You mean scouting reports aren’t kept sealed and locked away until this game is over?!
Ron Darling knows about pitching.
CC can’t focus in on one team, he has to be ready to pitch to two.
Yeah, no chance Girardi has two sets of plans ready to go. None.
I can’t believe they pitched to Mauer
bottom 13 twins walk on span’s hit
20 innings, Twins win on a Mauer Grand Slam.
Bottom 12. Nick Punto hits a mammoth solo shot, proving once and for all that he’s better than Robinson Cano.
No, Cano could do that.
Bottom 12. Punto works a bases loaded walk to win the game and prove how much more value he brings than that free-swinging Dominican.
Gritsters don’t work walks with the bases loaded. They ground into game-winning, run-scoring double-plays (provided there’s no outs.)
19th inning, Curtis Granderson hits one off the ceiling in fair territory and runs it out for an in the park homer
Mauer swinging at the first pitch against Rodney? Does not compute.
keep it going guys
i want verlander to pitch
I think its interesting that we’re seeing two different bullpen strategies at work here tonight.
Detroit has been sticking to a relative few relievers (4) this evening, letting them get work in. Minnesota, on the other hand, has been spreading the damage around and keeping fresh arms on the mound (9).
We’ll see which one works out.
The Tigers don’t have anybody else out there that can make outs though where as the Twins are much deeper
Don’t forget this is a regular season game, so they both have expanded rosters.
Yeah, but they’re using the guys they’ve been using all year. Both teams are pretty much at the end of their ropes. Detroit has little quality left in their ‘pen and Minnesota just flat out has no one else. If this goes longer, we’re looking at starters having to come in.
I’ve shown up in time to let everyone know. I’ve talked with Joe Mauer, and he is in fact about to hit a walkoff
that got him
rodney 36 pitches
Talk about dropoff – Bobby Seay is your next reliever (probably)… or you roll the dice and go with Edwin Jackson
They’ve still got Bonderman out there.
Wow, if your sports fan, this is an absolute treat.
not for my 3 school projects that are due tomorrow…
That’s what happens when you procrastinate, young man!
I’m a senior in high school, the senioritis has kicked in!
I teach them, so I see it firsthand.
Darling was so going to say “You can sleep when you’re dead” but realized it was inappropriate.
He’s saving that for the Angels-Sox series.
Speaking of, am I the only one who thinks that the Angels pouring beer on the jersey of a player who was killed by a drunk driver was wildly inappropriate?
Alcohol didn’t kill Adenhart, an idiot did.
I had no problem with it.
Yeah, but in these cases alcohol played an active role
“‘Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.’
Well, guns help!”
- Eddie Izzard
No a few people talked about it. I had no problem with it, they were just celebrating with him as if he was still there.
No, he was their teammate they decide how to celebrate. They feel he is still a part of the team, they chose to celebrate that way.
That Rox-Padres game was all sorts of awesome
One of the best games i’ve watched that didn’t include the Yankees.
I’d like to think that Sabathia is sound asleep in his bed by now… dreaming of happy things…and strikeouts.
that implies that to CC dreaming of strikeouts is not a happy thing.
Strikeouts, in my scenario, are more of a badass thing.
Like a bear in a cave. He says he sleeps all day on the day he pitches. Then he gets up ravenous to devour people.
quick, pinch run for him. lol.
is thames still on the bench?
wow, blackburn threw a side today so he isnt pitching tomorrow on 3 days rest.
Delmon Young is just all sorts of fail.
That was Melkian.
wow, have to throw to 2nd.
How many dingers would Miguel have had this year if he played his home games at YS
Well he hit 19 in Detroit and he wouldn’t hit much more than that in YSIII. So, no too many more.
Delmon Young FAIL
ha, forgot to mention the worst play in the game to allow the guy to get to 3rd.
23 innings. Please. If it goes 27 innings I’ll begin to believe the hand of Mo is involved.
edwin jackson for the bot 12?
Throwing to the wrong base on that single – more bad fundamentals from the Twins – really has to irk Gardenhire
Bases loaded for Inge
I got a bad feeling about this AB…
Wow…. the ump missed the HBP there completely
Not like it’s an important game or anything.
Nick Swisher will not pitch in this game, will he?
Bad call, ump.
Nothing says “gamer” like pretending your jersey got grazed with the bases loaded.
i dont think he was pretending
tough to pretend when it did hit the jersey…still shouldnt give bases for that.
To be fair, we didn’t really get a definitive angle on it.
That was a hbp. Ump fail
that got inge
Twins lucked out there.
I can’t believe Keppel is the guy to pitch with the season on the line.
My wife just announced that she’s uncomfortable with Chip’s liberal used of the word “fisted.”
Haha, this is cracking me up.
… not gonna touch that one.
It’s probably for the best.
Maybe its because the last time she used Summer’s Eve, she found the watch you lost.
BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM, THAT JUST HAPPENED. IS YOUR MIND BLOWN?
Damn, Mauer gets another MVP vote for that stop.
I bet there are people out there who will not vote for him if the Twins don’t win this game.
the votes were supposed to be mailed by yesterday.
Oh were they? Well if they had to be in tomorrow…
Well, especially if a play he made cost them the game, he could obviously not be the MVP.
If the Twins get out of this unscathed I’ll be shocked.
What a play by Punto.
This game is unreal.
Punto > Coke
That was a hell of a play, Punto. Damn this is a great game. Let’s have another inning of this.
Punto with teh grit!
Miguel wasn’t moving at light speed – but that’s smart baseball
Great play by Punto there. No way he turns the DP
that’s punto’s grittiness showing through. jokes aside, that was a really good play
There’s no way a Dominican can make that play. Their brains are too lazy to think that fast.
Muy, muy, perezoso.
This is sick…I think John Sterling just passed out on his couch.
Finish the sentence, Chip…
can Jose Molina draw the walk?
Here we go…
oh god do NOT walk him in
What’s with the Punto/Cano comps? Did I miss something.
Laird – the suck is strong with that one.
that was BALL FOUR
Exactly what I said.
Thank you come again. Tie preserved
what a pitch. brilliant.
i just clapped so hard
ball 4 there
this is epic
This games going to need it’s own sportscenter
I think we need to talk about how much Brett Favre loves football for an hour first, though, before we mention this game. It’s what the people want.
“That Tigers-Twins game was the most amazing showcase of athletic competition I have seen…
since Favre’s performance Monday night!!!!!!!”
If the Twins don’t walk off, who the hell is left in the ‘pen?
their 3/4 starters I suppose. They won’t need them until the weekend
Who in the hell is Bob Keppel?!
So the old baseball adage proves true again: “ALWAYS underestimate Gerald Laird.”
Why the hell did Nathan throw only 21 pitches in a must-win game at home?
From a Yankee perspective, could this have worked out any better?
First we get a Play in game, then it goes extra innings.
Brawl between Mauer and Verlander?
I stand corrected.
You know who won this game for the Twins? Brett Favre. His childlike enthusiasm during the Vikings-Packers game was perfect motivation for the team.
I’m done with Farve. I take it as a personal affront that he changed his mind about playing this year, like he has every year for the past 4-5 years.
I will always love that Mississippian Man-child!
please never end, game
Fernando Rodney is still in? Good Mo, Leyland has no trust in the rest of his bullpen.
NO SKIP CARAY! the yankees do not have to stay up late to formulate a game plan
Rodney still? Do they want to win?
Yo don’t want to over work a closer. A reliever after 25 pitches is a toss up in terms of effectiveness.
The game should end in a tie, and the Yankees get to choose their opponent.
rodney still??????????????? I bet that is going to cost them
The Yankees have to stay up late formulating their game plan? Yeah right, the game isn’t until 6 tomorrow, you don’t think they could just check the scouting reports in the morning?
There’s what… 2 possible pitchers from each team that could start tomorrow… and pretty much all the same fielders playing today…
It’s insane. And the 3rd time he’s brought it up.
People are going to watch the game, TBS. No need to fabricate a storyline.
There’s no way Rodney makes it through this inning
Teh power of the ex-Mets!
so if the Tigers win, will Rodney be available before game 3?
with the off day prob game 2.
rodney is getting abused
3rd Inning for Rodney??? Nice one Jimmy!
rodney is still in?
Rodney is still in here?
Gomez on Base
Carlos Gomez: .25
This game’s going to end here. Gomez can fly…damn you Leyland!
i would walk him too to pitch to casill
Cmon, double play…give us 3 more innings.
Atleast 3 more!!
I think the Yankees aren’t going to have too much of a problem with either of these teams anyway.
I’m actually pretty shocked that Delmon Young isn’t swinging right now.
I see Leyland really dislikes his pen.
Odds on Young making an out during the IBB?
Say, 5 to 1?
Can’t say i blame Jim for briging Rodney in for a 3rd inning of work.
this is his 4th. 3rd full inning.
suicide squeeze failed attempt….come on!
Casilla 3-5 lifetime vs Rodney?
Wow Jim – wtf?
Why the fuck would you intentionally walk Delmon Young?
I can’t believe he would risk a 3rd inning of rodney in a do or die game
Carlos Gomez, Playoff Hero?
Were Facing the twins
damn. Good game.
There we go. Twins win. We’re playing Mauer and the lefties.
Almost as bad as the Mets collapse.
Good job, Leyland. You really showed your bullpen prowess tonight.
See you tomorrow, Twins.
sabathia vs duensing tomorrow
Well. That’s that. Twinkies Yanks. Yanks in 3 plz.
Ah, The Relentlessness of using your bullpen… nice.
CARL PAVANO! YOUR ASS IS OURS!
Ha, totally forgot about that
Alexi Casilla does not take kindly to disrespect!
Where the hell was the RF?
wow great game
jim leyland is an idiot leaving rodney in for so long
Now they’ll get their asses kicked by the yanks next week.
I’m happy the twins won. They have no pitching besides Nathan.
It didn’t matter which team was gonna win, they’ll fate is the same, which was being destroyed by the team that plays in the Empire State.
nice job jimmy seriously great bp management
Twinkies it is.
Good, now everyone get really, really drunk to celebrate
I would now like to express my gratitude to the Twins, for assuring that the Yankees will face Justin Verlander exactly Zero times in this years ALDS.
That was my very first thought.
Congratulations to the Twins, you have just earned the right to get your asses kicked by the best team in Baseball.
Now the Yanks can finally start scouting their opponent in the ALDS! They need to hurry … there’s no time left! Aaaahh!!!
Are they playing New York, New York?
They should play Jay-Z’s New York State of Mind…
*Empire State of MInd. New York State of Mind is Nas or, I guess, Billy Joel.
Billy Joel’s New York State of Mind>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
New York State of mind by nas
Was the right fielder playing right field.
tip your cap to Leyland and the Tigers? what the hell for?
Heard that too …
Tip your cap to the team that couldn’t hold a seven game lead on September 7th? That’s not something worth tipping your cap to, methinks.
A Stanley Cup finals appearance, and a heartbreaking loss. A Final Four team, crushed like a bug. An 0-16 football team. And now a complete choke by the Tigers…yet more reasons I’m glad I don’t live in Detroit.
It’s like ’28 Days Later’ in Detroit after this.
I like the matchup, but I fucking hate dome baseball.
Alexei Casilla, playoff hero
Leyland really goofed there – I think you HAVE to think about Edwin Jackson there.
Power relievers not named Mo aren’t going to give you almost 4 perfect innings
Beware Carlos Gomez running inside the baseline to try and break Tex’s wrist.
Regardless of who we play after seeing like this you can learn to expect anything… Leyland definitely didn’t manage his bullpen effectively at all. Either team, the Twins or the Tigers is going to be a good matchup. Hopefully the Yankees play as good as they have all year and take the series, tomorrow Yankees Vs Twins, can’t wait.
by the way, who called the twins winning this game in the first game thread by one run?
Dela G did
Great another damn playoff series agains that damn Orlando Cabrera…side bar: WTF is Craig Sager wearing???????
I think it’s that technicolor stuff from the 80′s
He always wearing sum dumb shyt
You have to wonder what time the Twins will get in to NY tonight. Also how much they will have tomorrow against CC
wow that is some suit
Just to tell everyone I called that someone would win in the 12th, now we got game 1 tomorrow
So why do we have to “tip our caps” to Leyland and the Tigers, Caray?
For blowing a lead that’s only been blown 3 times before…
or was it 4 times…
time to break out the instant hangover cheap champagne. and some 40′s.
I hope the Twins are celebrating well into the night tonight
get drunk because tomorrow is reality time dudes.
Quick someone bring in Boomer Wells to make sure they have a real good time tonight. And just for precaution… LT!!
They’re already doing the whole underdog thing. You’re underdogs because your owners pocket the revenue money we pay.
The truth hurts, but no one listens outside of the NYC!
So Blackburn for Game 2, Pavano for game 3?
So I guess this means Marte is on the roster. Can I please please please see Carl Pavano in game 1 or 2???? Its PAYBACK TIME Pussyboy!
I’m telling you, this postseason is fated.
First, we will “thank” Carl Pavano for his years of service to the organization.
Later, the monster shall destroy its creator when we dispatch Joe Torre in the World Series.
And Pasqua said it and his will be done.
easily one the best games I’ve seen all year…
Sabathia v Duensing…Burnett vs Blackburn…Andy vs Baker or Pavano in game 3.
Can someone lay odds on whether Miguel Cabrera is drunk already?
Steaks and blowjobs for Miguel
Then it’s PUSSYTUBING!
Miggy is in the Twins clubhouse gettin crunked.
Hopefully Pavano takes a cab to the airport.
That was Mets pitcher Duaner Sanchez.
Carl was driving his Porche.
Man epic fail by me.
Especially since there’s a commenter named ‘Carl Pavano’s Porche’ who used to post here.
heh the brain just misfired on that one. I don’t know how I confused the two..
He was also driving a model named Gia Allemand:
Wow, she’s hideous…
I’d hit it with gusto
Dead link. In Russian.
Well, from the Tigers perspective at least Miguel Cabrera can get drunk and beat up his wife again tonight without it affecting the team.
Man I hope she stayed in Detroit…because he’s breaking something tonight!
Let the $10 dollar Champagne flow all night boys. I’m actually kinda glad the game ended now…means Tex and the guys can catch some ZZZ’s..except for Jeter I’m sure he’s at 40/40.
In listening to the game, I just kept thinking Verlander was going to come in. Sure, Rodney is a reliever and Verlander just pitched on Sunday, but I just had the feeling that Verlander would have thrown a pitch before the Tigers lost.
Great game. Nice to listen to it on MLB Radio. The Minnesota guys were good. Reminded me a lot of the guys from the White Sox. Homers for the most part, but at they make it fun. Also makes you appreciate some good radio guys, which I’m not sure we have here in New York. A nice change from Sterling and the Suze.
I liked the way Darling and Caray handled the end of the top of the 12th. On that last pitch, just nothing…crowd noise…Laird swings…
That’s because they had botched every other play so far, probably were told to just shut up.
No way the twins get into NY before 2 am.
Thank you Detroit for majorly sucking. Twins, get drunk and be late tomorrow. Thank you. Sincerely, New York
Leyland fell asleep at the wheel there. I know his bullpen is atrocious, but he was going to have Rodney go four innings? Madness. Absolute madness.
I hope Alyssa Milano is blogging from the Stadium tomorrow…she always seems to bring Carl such good luck.
She’ll be too busy with the Dodgers.
Take the shorter series. The Twin’s pitching staff is exhausted. Mauer just caught 12 innings, and he’s exhausted. They’ll have no sleep. They have no fourth starter either. Rivera and Hughes are totally rested, and can pitch 5 times in 6 days.
Don’t give them an extra day off. Take the shorter series.
Pretty sure they already said they’re picking that.
oh…I read what you said backwards, because it’s so absurd. No. so much no.
but doesn’t the shorter series give the Twins the day off tomorrow?
i think the shorter series actually allows them to catch up a little.
The only difference between the “shorter” series and the “longer” series is that the longer series starts on Wednesday and the shorter series starts on Thursday. The other games are on the same days, respectively, in either scenario. Thus, it makes more sense to take the longer series since the Twins played a long game tonight and will have to fly to NY tonight. Make them play tomorrow, don’t give them 2 days to recover before Game 1. Taking the shorter series gives them a day off when they’re tired, not the longer series.
Honestly, I didnt come away impressed with either team. This could easily be called the best game this season or the worst. It was like a contest to see who sucks the most. Tigers WIN.
Still can’t believe Raburn blew that play.
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