The Twins did take a 4-0 lead in the first inning after a Justin Morneau RBI single and a Rondell White 3 RBI double, but Johan coughed up most of the lead in the bottom of the 2nd, and Nick Blackburn struggled in his 5th career major league appearance, giving up 6 runs on 7 hits over 2 innings.
On Tuesday, Torii Hunter gave a radio interview, and though I like Torii a lot, I couldn't help but feel a twinge of disappointment and anger at Hunter once again bashing his teammates by saying this:
"Somebody needs to slap a couple people around and say, 'You've got to play no matter what."
When asked if he was referring directly to Joe Mauer's sitting out a few games once again, he denied that he was pointing out a specific player, but did go on to criticize the toughness of all the younger players by saying:
"It's a different breed. I don't know what's going on in the Minor Leagues, but it's different."
I've always liked Hunter as a player and liked his willingness to speak and provide a quote for the most part, but lately his habit of attacking fellow players in the media has gotten annoying.
On another baseball note, fans voted that Barry Bond's 756th home run ball be branded with an asterisk and then delivered to the hall of fame. That choice got just under half the votes, with the choice to deliver it to the hall of fame intact coming in 2nd, and the idea of blasting it into space coming in a distant 3rd. Apparently, the hall of fame has agreed to accept the ball in whatever condition it gets to them, which came as a surprise to me. Maybe they're planning on repairing the ball somehow once they get it, or maybe Cooperstown has really decided to display the ball with the asterisk as evidence of baseball history and the fans' take on the illegitimacy of the so-called 'steroids era.'