Found May 22, 2012 on The Fan Manifesto:
Catcher Drew Butera pitched recently and Tom Schreier thinks the former high school quarterback should give it a shot.

Twins designate Marquis for assignment

The Jason Marquis experiment in Minnesota lasted just seven starts. The Twins announced Tuesday that they have designated the veteran Marquis for release or assignment and will call up right-hander Cole DeVries from Triple-A Rochester to take Marquis' spot on the roster. Marquis, a 33-year-old with 106 career wins in 13 seasons, signed a one-year, 3 million contract in the...

I think this Joe Mauer contract might have been a bad idea

-  Quick, what's the flukiest home run season in history?  You thought of Brady Anderson's 50 in 1996, right?  Of course, I'm pretty sure everybody did.  He's as out of place on a list of players with 50 homers in a season as most of this blog's readers would be in a book store, and I'm pretty sure he's the first name most people would come up with...

Rocky rotation is sinking Twins

Through most of Ron Gardenhire's tenure as manager, the Minnesota Twins have won with a consistent set of starting pitchers who have been remarkably good at avoiding injuries. The Twins have used 10 or more starting pitchers in a season just twice since 2002, and in both of those seasons -- 2006 and 2009 -- they gave a handful of starts to September call-ups. This season, though...

Butera latest Twins position player to pitch

Last year it was outfielder Michael Cuddyer. This year, catcher Drew Butera became the next position player to pitch in relief for the Minnesota Twins. Butera was called upon to pitch in the eighth inning of Sunday's blowout loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. After starter Jason Marquis lasted just 1 23 innings, Minnesota's bullpen had a full day of work in store. Enter Butera...

Re-energized offense gives Twins hope

After a 16-4 loss to Milwaukee on Sunday ended whatever momentum Minnesota had gained during a four-game winning streak, the Twins had to sit through an off day Monday before returning to the field. A lopsided 9-2 win Tuesday against the division rival Chicago White Sox is a good way to get back on track. "Coming off a day off, you never know what's going to happen,"...

Steinbach still can't get enough of baseball

For Terry Steinbach, playing baseball didn't end when he retired from the major leagues in 1999. The former Minnesota Twins catcher and New Ulm native continued to play the game he loved for more than a decade. It began with town ball for several years, and eventually Steinbach joined a league in Minnesota designed for players 35 years and older. Now 50, however, Steinbach has...

Simply Beat Up

Joe Mauer picked up 4 hits but the Twins got absolutely beat up by the Brewers in a 16 - 4 pounding today at Miller Park.  Minnesota went through 6 pitchers (including backup catcher Drew Butera) as Jason Marquis was only able to go 1.2 innings in his 7th start of the season, bringing his record to 2-4 with a depressing 8.47 ERA. Conversely, Zack Greinke had the game in total...

Twins try for 19th win in 24 games in Chicago

The Minnesota Twins have the worst record in the American League but they don't play anything like that when they visit U.S. Cellular Field. Following another big offensive showing in Chicago, the Twins look to extend their best stretch of the season Wednesday night with another road win against the White Sox. This has been a very disappointing first two months for Minnesota...

Twins to designate pitcher Marquis

The Twins have decided to designate the contract of Jason Marquis for assignment, a major-league source told The move is expected to become official in the next 24 to 48 hours. Marquis went 2-4 with an 8.47 ERA in seven starts for the Twins this year. His last start was his worst, as he lasted only 1 2/3 innings while surrendering eight earned runs in a Sunday loss...

Marquis: 'I'm putting this team in a hole'

By JESSE TEMPLE MILWAUKEE Clubbies can launder the Twins uniforms all they want, but the pungent stench of misery clinging to Jason Marquis these days is simply inescapable. No matter where Marquis takes the mound, in the home whites or the road grays, the Minnesota pitcher has been nothing short of disastrous recently. His immense struggles continued Sunday...

Designated for assignment: Jason Marquis, John Gaub and Cody Ransom

– The Minnesota Twins designated right handed pitcher Jason Marquis for assignment according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports. – The Tampa Bay Rays designated left handed pitcher John Gaub for assignment to open a spot on the 40-man roster reports Joe Smith of the St. Petersburg Times. – The Arizona Diamondbacks designated infielder Cody Ransom for assignment and recalled infielder...

Tigers Take the Series from the Buccos

After coming off a sweep to the Minnesota Twins, the Tigers looked to rebound when the Pittsburgh Pirates came to Comerica. Both clubs had losing records coming into the series  and both trying to make up games in the standings. This made for a great three days of baseball, that saw near history, new career highs, and [...]
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