Suzanne Solheim, known to her friends as Sooze, is a long-time baseball blogger who lives in St. Cloud. She blogs about the Twins for startribune.com and also writes about the game on her other blog, Babes Love Baseball. Follow her on Twitter @babeslovebball

Like him or not, Ron Gardenhire anticipates 1,000th career win

Posted by: Suzanne Solheim Updated: April 4, 2014 - 1:47 PM

Ron Gardenhire's job is not all easy-peasy this season, so every win is going to be a big one. The Minnesota Twins' next victory however, will be one of the biggest milestones in his managerial career.

Last season, the Twins had to win just 10 of their final 28 games to give their skipper his 1,000th win, but fell just short due to a number of reasons, ineptitude being a small factor. But it's a brand new year and hope springs eternal in April!

After 12 seasons with the team and a 998-947 record, he was able to extend his contract for an additional two seasons and chase his 1,000th win into 2014. Of course, he'll be the first to say that he doesn't even think about it until the media or his wife Carol, who is along on the road trip through Chicago and Cleveland, reminds him.

The 2010 American League Manager of the Year, who has led the Twins to six AL Central titles, will be the 60th manager in history to hit 1,000 in the win column and the 8th since 1961 to get there with just one ball club, joining the likes of Tom Kelly.

If the rain holds off, Gardy will have a shot at it this afternoon when Mike Pelfrey takes the hill against fellow right-hander Danny Salazar in front of a rowdy, sellout crowd for the 20th anniversary of Progressive Field at the Indians' home opener.

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Cleveland - LP: T. Bauer 1 FINAL
Minnesota - WP: A. Swarzak 3
Cincinnati - LP: M. Leake 1 FINAL
Milwaukee - WP: K. Lohse 5
Kansas City - WP: W. Davis 2 FINAL
Chicago WSox - LP: Z. Putnam 1
Washington - LP: S. Strasburg 4 FINAL
Colorado - WP: J. De La Rosa 6
NY Mets - WP: B. Colon 3 FINAL
Seattle - LP: T. Walker 2
Detroit - WP: A. Sanchez 11 FINAL
Arizona - LP: T. Cahill 5
Los Angeles - LP: D. Haren 1 FINAL
Pittsburgh - WP: F. Liriano 6
San Francisco - WP: M. Bumgarner 3 FINAL
Philadelphia - LP: J. Papelbon 1
Texas - LP: Y. Darvish 1 FINAL
NY Yankees - WP: D. Phelps 2
Boston - LP: C. Buchholz 4 FINAL
Toronto - WP: R. Dickey 6
Miami - LP: N. Eovaldi 1 FINAL
Atlanta - WP: E. Santana 6
Tampa Bay - WP: A. Cobb 3 FINAL
St. Louis - LP: L. Lynn 0
San Diego - WP: I. Kennedy 8 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - LP: T. Wada 3
Houston 7 Top 8th Inning
Oakland 9
Baltimore - LP: T. Hunter 2 FINAL
LA Angels - WP: J. Weaver 3
Chicago 1 FINAL
San Jose 5
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Edmonton
Winnipeg 7/25/14 9:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Ottawa 7/26/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton
Toronto 7/26/14 9:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Winnipeg 7/31/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton
Toronto 8/1/14 6:00 PM
Montreal
Brt Columbia 8/1/14 9:00 PM
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Connecticut 75 FINAL
Washington 89
New York 66 FINAL
Los Angeles 64
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