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Continued: Phil Miller's Sunday Insider: Mauer has gotten into collecting baseball memorabilia

  • Article by: PHIL MILLER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 23, 2013 - 9:18 AM

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The White Sox’s fall to last place has been tough on their biggest booster.

“It’s been hell on me,” broadcaster Ken “Hawk” Harrelson told the Chicago Sun-Times. “I’ve said fewer words in a 68-game period than I ever have in my career. Because it’s been [horrible] baseball.”

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There could be another Triple Crown in Detroit, and this one isn’t Miguel Cabrera’s.

The Tigers lead the AL in hitting (.281), are second in pitching (3.62 ERA) and third in fielding percentage (.990). Only once since 1948 — the 2001 Mariners — has a team managed to lead its league in all three.

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Cleveland righthander Justin Masterson is third in the AL in strikeouts (110), but that’s not his predominant method of retiring hitters. Masterson has induced more ground balls, 170, than any AL pitcher, though many turn into hits.

“When I make a good pitch and a ball goes through,” he said, “I have the confidence to get the next guy.”

Short Hops

The Twins and Indians entered this weekend’s series in Cleveland with virtually identical results over the past 30 seasons, to an amazing degree. According to STATS Inc., the cumulative stats for each team since 1983, through Thursday:

Twins Clev.

Head-to-head wins 222 222

Overall wins 2,392 2,393

Overall losses 2,469 2,469

Batting average .269 .269

ERA 4.45 4.44

Postseason appearances 8 7

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