The Twins lost their first Spring Training game of the year today to the Red Sox 2-1. Positive of course is Slowey's line. Two scoreless, hitless innings. Our starting pitchers are doing great so far this spring with the only exception probably being Liriano's start yesterday when he gave up three runs, but I'm sure he'll be fine by the season's start.
I just heard that Joe Nathan won't be playing for the US team in the World Baseball Classic. That is too bad for the US team but for the Twins it is pretty good. We need him for the whole season. Taking it easy for the Twins will be okay. Looks like Morneau and Jesse Crain will be the only guys playing in the Classic from the Twins. They will both will be playing for the Canadian team.
My early predictions for the World Baseball Classic will be Japan repeating their title in '06 and beating the Dominican Republic team in the final. I want to pick the US team but I just think they don't have as much camaraderie as the Japanese and the Dominicans. The Dominicans were extremely upset with the way they finished in '06. Big Papi will lead them far. The WBC gets under way early Thrusday morning in Japan in the Tokyo Dome. This year it is double elimination which should help out a lot with eliminating horrible early-round games.