Jim Souhan analyzes the local sports scene and advises you to never take his betting advice. He likes old guitars and old music, never eats press box hot dogs, and can be heard on 1500ESPN at 2:05 p.m. weekdays, and Sundays from 10 a.m.-noon.

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Sunday at Target Field

Posted by: Jim Souhan under Ron Gardenhire, Target Field, Twins fans, Twins management, NBA playoffs Updated: April 18, 2010 - 2:09 PM

It's the early going here at Target Field, Twins up 2-0 in the second.

Thanks to Nick Blackburn, Tim Kurkjian, Mike Russo and Tom Linneman for their appearances on Sunday Sports Talk on 1500ESPN.

Thanks, too, for the readers/listeners who have suggested names for the band I'll play in on May 20 at O'Gara's. Some leaders in the clubhouse: Radio Nowhere, The House Band, Remember to Tip Your Waitress, Two Non Blondes (a reference to me and guitarist and 1500ESPN newsman John Heidt), Triangle Offense, Grand Slam Jam...

-Last summer, I made fun of the Royals when the Twins were in KC, calling them the ``Lansing Lugnuts.'' Gardy told me that the entire Royals organization wanted to lynch me.

Well, the Royals showed me, by winning three of their next 100 games. How can a team with a Cy Young winner and a dominant closer be this bad?

-Delmon Young crushed a pitch to deep center in the first with two on. The ball hung in the air forever. I thought it was a home run, and it died on the warning track.

If you want to hit homers in this park, you'd better pull the ball down the lines.

-Interesting Target Field moment: Billy Butler lined a shot that caught the limestone overhang in rightfield in the first inning. The ball took a hard, strange hop back toward the infield. Butler decided to go for three, and Michael Cuddyer, sprinting back toward the infield, was able to easily throw him out.

-I admit it: I miss seeing Nick Punto in the lineup. I just think that when Punto plays, the infield defense is exceptional. He's supposed to be back Tuesday.

-One moment of the NBA playoffs caught my attention: Kevin Garnett smashing his elbow into the face of Quentin Richardson on Saturday, then walking away as if he had done nothing.

This reinforces my long-held view of Garnett, based on conversations with dozens of people who dealt with him as a Timberwolve, and my observations of him as a trash-talking, gutter-mouthed competitor:

He is a great player. He is a great defender. He always plays hard. He is a Hall of Famer. He is a jerk.

-I'm pulling for Alex Ovechkin and both of his teeth in the NHL playoffs.

-I'll be on 1500ESPN at 2:35 and 6:20 on Monday. My regular appearances will be 2:35 p.m. with Joe and Souch, and 6:20 twice a week with Joe Anderson, plus Sunday sports talk and random call-in and fill-in gigs.

-My Twitter name is Souhanstrib.


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