Tuesday, April 17, 2007


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Minnesota TWINS (7-5, 1-1 road) at Seattle MARINERS (5-3, 4-2 home), 7:05p, FSNNW/MLB.tv
Ramon Ortiz (2-0) vs. Jeff Weaver (0-1)

This game featuring a starting pitching matchup featuring once-decent pitchers rejected by the Angels could easily be a sequel to the 2005 Rob Zombie-directed flick The Devil's Rejects (this would, in turn, make the game the third in a trilogy with the first film being House of 1000 Corpses). If I went to this game, given the Ortiz/Weaver matchup, if there were any remote chance of seeing Rob Zombie at the game (there isn't), that'd probably be the most eventful thing of the night unless Weaver threw a perfect game, Jose Vidro hit for the cycle (watching him leg out a triple might be painful to watch), or Jose Lopez hit a home run (zing!).

This three-game series with the Twins are also the last three in the homestand before an all-AL West seven-game road trip. The trip wouldn't be so bad if it were just two cities, but it's three, so the math is unkind. It's three with the Angels followed by two each in Texas and Oakland. This also means travel is ugly for the team, and it means for everyone following the team that there won't just be two day games next week, there will be three. There's your Sunday day game, which is old hat, but there are weekday specials untelevised to the northwest on Tuesday (Texas) and Thursday (Oakland). You could make those games a businessperson's special and play hooky for half your shift those days, but you'd only be able to listen to the game or watch it. If weather cooperates, you could crank up your radio headset and mow the lawn or put that addition on your house. If not (forecast says probably not), pay your taxes if you haven't already.

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