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EndScore Report: Jim Thome Hits His 600th Home Run, Who Else Will?

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Athletes, Kudos, MLB, News,

Jim Thome hits his 600th home runIn this edition of EndScore Report, we speak on Minnesota Twins' Jim Thome joining an elite club by hitting his 600th home run of his career. There are only seven other players that have achieved the feat - Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Ken Griffey, Jr., Alex Rodriguez, and Sammy Sosa. Who else will be able to reach this great MLB milestone? After the St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols, we don't see anyone else joining the group for a long time. LISTEN UP!

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Carl Pavano, Minnesota Twins starting to get hot

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB,

Carl PavanoStatistically, Carl Pavano’s career has been nothing short of a wild rollercoaster ride. The Minnesota Twins’ starting right-hander has been unpredictable from year to year. Pavano’s no stranger to rough stretches, and clearly he’s learned a lot from his low points in order to be most effective when he turns it around. The only problem for Pavano is that nobody seems to know how long it will take him to improve; or even how long before it gets worse again.

 

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Tsuyoshi Nishioka trying to become the next Ichiro

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB,

Tsuyoshi NishiokaEverybody knows the legend that is Ichiro Suzuki. As a 27-year-old in 2001, he made his debut for the Seattle Mariners and proceeded to define what it meant to be a Japanese-born athlete being successful in MLB. His career accolades already suggest he’s Hall of Fame material and this past weekend he became the career leader in hits for the Mariners. The search to find the next great Japanese player is on, yet less than a dozen position players have cracked the big leagues.

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Jose Bautista blasts first homer of 2011

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB,

Jose BautistaIf you are a fan of the Toronto Blue Jays, you probably found a thing or two to enjoy about their home opener against the Minnesota Twins on Friday night. While the highlight package for the game could take up an entire segment of SportsCenter, one of the standout events of the evening was 2010 Home Run King Jose Bautista’s fifth inning blast off Carl Pavano to pick up right where he left off last season.

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EndScore Report: American League Predictions

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Athletes, MLB, Playoffs,

Adrian Gonzalez joins the Boston Red SoxDV and Chris make their bold predictions for the American League, choosing the eventual winners of the A.L. East, A.L. Central, A.L. West, and the A.L. Wild Card. They also make their choices for the A.L. Most Valuable Player and A.L. Cy Young. Will the offensively charged Boston Red Sox with the acquisitions of Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez overcome the New York Yankees? Will the wild card once again come from the second place team in the A.L. East? Can Joe Nathan and Justin Morneau get back to being healthy in order for the Minnesota Twins to defend their A.L. Central crown? Will the Texas Rangers make another run for the World Series by first winning the A.L. West? All this and more are talked about in the latest EndScore Report, which you can listen to here!

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Is Jim Thome bound for Cooperstown?

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB,

Jim ThomeIn past baseball eras, certain statistics virtually guaranteed a player admittance to the Hall of Fame. 300 wins for a pitcher is a benchmark, but many have started to question whether the time of the 300-win pitcher is over. Similarly, but getting less attention is the 500-home-run plateau for hitters. Only 25 players in history have reached that mark, and every one of those eligible have a place in the Hall of Fame. Three of those 25 are currently active.

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Injured Twins poised for Opening Day return

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, Injuries, MLB,

Joe MauerWhen the Minnesota Twins arrived in Florida in mid-February, they put a new spin on the purpose of the preseason. The point of Spring Training is to get back into shape after the winter, but for the Twins, it was an opportunity to recover from some serious injuries to key players. All of catcher Joe Mauer, first baseman Justin Morneau and closer Joe Nathan are back in action and look like they’ll be ready to play come Opening Day.

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Plethora of closers in Minnesota Twins bullpen

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB,

Matt CappsNo Nathan? No problem. The Minnesota Twins thought they might have a problem when it was discovered before the season began that closer Joe Nathan needed Tommy John Surgery and was going to miss the entire year. The Twins record holder for saves in a single season was gone, and the organization was going to need a replacement quick if they wanted to keep stable one of the most solid bullpens in the game and return to the postseason.

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Yankees, Rays, Rangers, and Twins struggling to win games at the end

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: MLB, Playoffs,

Carl PavanoThe American League playoff teams are hardly proving their worth. All of the Yankees, Rays, Rangers and Twins have limped their way through the final week of the season. Not a single team has played as good as their record suggests they are, and in some cases, considerably worse. Some of them have rested their better players since clinching a playoff berth, but we’ve barely seen glimpses of competitive baseball from any of them.

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Yankees and Rays playing for postseason matchups?

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: MLB, Playoffs,

Cliff LeeThe Rays are currently holding tough onto the AL East title while the Yankees keep pace with them in the Wild Card position. Yeah, technically Boston can still make the postseason, but let’s face reality; we know who the American League playoff teams will be. Minnesota has already clinched the Central and the Rangers have taken the West with relative ease. All that remains to be decided; with a week of baseball left; is who will play whom.

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