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

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Michael Cuddyer goes to bat for charity

Posted by: Suzanne Solheim Updated: July 31, 2010 - 4:27 PM

Much of the hard work in a baseball player's life is done off the field, including the support of various charities.  Michael Cuddyer, for example, was approached by Pepsi to become the Ambassador for the Minnesota Twins in an effort to endorse a project of his choice.

As I've mentioned before, Cuddyer needs your help to convince Pepsi to dish out a $200,000 grant to create a ballpark for the Courage Rolling Twins wheelchair softball team, who are currently playing ball in a parking lot.

Before last night's 5-3 win over the Seattle Mariners, the Courage Centers' adult and youth softball teams played a "pop-up" game on Target Plaza in an effort to generate awareness for the Pepsi Refresh Project.

My girl Marea and I attended the Twins & Pins Charity Bowling Classic on Thursday, and we had the opportunity to ask Cuddyer a few questions about his cause.  On Facebook you can check out the interview, which was interrupted by Hall of Fame Twins legend Harmon Killebrew.  Awesome.

You can cast your vote for Cuddy here, up to 10 times daily, or text TWINS to 76462.  Voting endings August 17 at 10:59pm CT.

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Twins look for series win against Jays

Posted by: Suzanne Solheim Updated: July 8, 2010 - 12:44 AM

After blowing three different leads, the Twins dropped Game 2 to the Toronto Blue Jays by a score of 6-5 Wednesday evening at Rogers Centre.

Kevin Slowey allowed five runs on nine hits in just over six innings, with a walk and four strikeouts.  Vernon Wells finally snapped his 0-for-21 slump, just in time to give the Blue Jays their second win in 10 games with a two-out double off struggling reliever Matt Guerrier. 

Meanwhile, Orlando Hudson was a triple shy of the cycle, going 3-for-4 with three RBI against his former team.  Delmon Young went deep with his 10th homer of the season, but injured his left wrist colliding with Denard Span during Jose Bautista's inside-the-park home run in the fifth inning.

Justin Morneau was also hurt, taking a knee to the head while sliding into John McDonald at second base in the eighth.  He walked off the field under his own power, but did not return.  Ron Gardenhire says both players could return to the lineup for Thursday night's series finale at 7:07pm, but he's going to sleep on it and see how they feel in the morning.

Game 3 will feature Scott Baker on the hill for the Twins facing lefty Brett Cecil, who is 1-0 in one career start against Minnesota with a 3.00 ERA.  Span went yard off of him while Young, Michael Cuddyer and Nick Punto each hit doubles.

I'm heading out to Comerica Park tonight on the TwinsTrain (click that link and enjoy a ballpark vacation) with fellow Strib Twins bloggers Seth and Parker of TwinsCentric, for the first two games of this weekend's series against the Detroit Tigers.  I'll have a full report, including photos, when I return on Monday.  Have a great weekend everyone!

P.S. If you're looking for a fun place to watch the All-Star game in 3D, check out the bash at New Hope Cinema Grill on Tuesday, July 13, courtesy of JustinMorneau.com.  There will be food and drink specials, great prizes and giveaways throughout the evening, and hopefully another American League victory!

Slowey, Blackburn and four glorious hot dogs

Posted by: Suzanne Solheim Updated: March 8, 2010 - 11:58 PM

Kevin Slowey and Nick Blackburn each pitched well Monday in celebration of the not one, but four different types of Schweigert hot dogs that Target Field will offer this season.

Okay, maybe Blackburn was celebrating his spankin' new contract.  Regardless, the pair of right-handers tossed three solid innings a piece to help the Minnesota Twins shut out the Baltimore Orioles with a 5-0 victory.  While they each allowed just one hit, a walk and two strikeouts, Slowey showed off his healthy wrist by retiring the final nine hitters he faced.

Bringing their spring ball record to 3-3, Twins pitchers received some run support early on from the bats of Ben Revere, Michael Cuddyer and Jason Kubel. Revere went 3-5 with a single, double, triple and two runs scored, Cuddy was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, and Luke Hughes put a couple hits on the board with his 2-for-4 day.

Now for the very important hot dog news: Schweigert will be producing the Original Twins Dog, made with the same recipe as the ones once served at Metropolitan Stadium.  But that's not all.  The Minnesota-based company will also be providing an all-beef dog called the Twins Big Dog (formerly known as the Dome Dog,) the Dugout Dog, which you can order from your seat, and an extra-long Dinger Dog, made with pork and beef.  Delicious.

Even though you'll never have a chance to be a wiener winner again, the Twins will continue to offer everyone's favorite Dollar-A-Dog Days. During every Monday home game with the exception of Opening Day, you can enjoy an Original Twins Dog for just $1.  You can even eat two if you want, but that's where they draw the line. 

Back to baseball.  So, if you can't seem to get enough of Ben Revere, here's an interview with Off the Field Sports, in which the young outfielder ponders beating Rickey Henderson's stolen base record, wishes he drove a pick up truck, and hopes to be the next Torii Hunter or Kirby Puckett...

Interesting.  The St. Louis Cardinals will head to Hammond Stadium at 12:05 Tuesday, when Carl Pavano faces Adam Wainwright in the righty's second spring start.

      

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