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08:12 AM ET 07.04 | Ron Gardenhire insisted Sunday that Matt Capps, who on Saturday blew his sixth save, was still his guy. Gardenhire had just pulled Capps with a two-run lead in the ninth inning, as the Brewers had two runners on base and Prince Fielder coming to the plate. With Saturday's nightmare fresh on his mind, Gardenhire summoned lefthander Glen Perkins, who fanned Fielder and Casey McGehee, sealing the 9-7 victory at Target Field. "Cappy's still our closer," Gardenhire said. ... The backdrop to all this, of course, is that former closer Joe Nathan appears to be regaining his form. Sunday marked the third time in three outings that he delivered a perfect eighth inning, earning another hold.

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July 4, 2011  10:02 AM ET

OK, but we are not talking about a Tall Ship here, the Twins have become a Dingy.

July 4, 2011  10:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

OK, but we are not talking about a Tall Ship here, the Twins have become a Dingy.

Your mom

July 4, 2011  11:10 AM ET

non story when you're 8 games out of first place and 10 games under .500 and the 5th worst record in baseball....Twins...War Eagle...mom that!

July 4, 2011  11:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Your mom

She has a better record.

July 4, 2011  11:45 AM ET

I hope Perkin's gets the closer job.

July 4, 2011  02:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

OK, but we are not talking about a Tall Ship here, the Twins have become a Dingy.

True, the Twins have been underwhelming in the first half of this season to date. However, I do want to point out that the club does tend to improve the 2nd half of the season, and they playing one of the weakest divisions in baseball. It's not out of the realm of possibility to believe, barring an outright collapse by Detroit, Cleveland and the White Sox, that the Twins could be interesting and play spoiler at the very least.

July 4, 2011  03:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

True, the Twins have been underwhelming in the first half of this season to date. However, I do want to point out that the club does tend to improve the 2nd half of the season, and they playing one of the weakest divisions in baseball. It's not out of the realm of possibility to believe, barring an outright collapse by Detroit, Cleveland and the White Sox, that the Twins could be interesting and play spoiler at the very least.

I suppose, but the pieces do not seem to be in place and free falls are hard to stop. Too many injuries and too many problems.
Detroit and chicago have not played up to their ability yet either.

July 4, 2011  04:50 PM ET

As much as they are paying Nathan, there is no way Capps or anyone else will remain Closer.

July 4, 2011  04:55 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

As much as they are paying Nathan, there is no way Capps or anyone else will remain Closer.

Paychecks have nothing to do with it. Capps has had six blown saves this year. Give the ball in the ninth to whoever can get the outs. And that has not been Capps. Lately.

July 4, 2011  04:58 PM ET

the manager has a point if their closer blew saturday's game? best thing to do was to replace capps right away as soon capps put two hitters on base, clearly the one who won this game was the manager!!

July 4, 2011  05:02 PM ET

the twins had being winning games with pitching almost perffect because there itsn't room for a error or hesitation, all in all make the right move when you have to regardless who its pitching!!

July 4, 2011  05:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Paychecks have nothing to do with it. Capps has had six blown saves this year. Give the ball in the ninth to whoever can get the outs. And that has not been Capps. Lately.

So, if your the owner of a struggling franchise, like the Twins and you haven't won a World Series in this century and you know that your paying $10 million to a guy and he is not closing, your OK with that?

I'm not, if he is healthy, he is my closer. Otherwise, trade him.

July 4, 2011  05:26 PM ET
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So, if your the owner of a struggling franchise, like the Twins and you haven't won a World Series in this century and you know that your paying $10 million to a guy and he is not closing, your OK with that?I'm not, if he is healthy, he is my closer. Otherwise, trade him.

Uh, I'm going to give the ball in the 9th to the pitcher who is going to get me the save, be it Nathan or Capps or Perkins. If Capps sucks, and continues to suck, who am I going to trade him and his fat paycheck to and for what?

July 4, 2011  11:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Uh, I'm going to give the ball in the 9th to the pitcher who is going to get me the save, be it Nathan or Capps or Perkins. If Capps sucks, and continues to suck, who am I going to trade him and his fat paycheck to and for what?

None of these guys is spectacular this year. The Twins won't make the playoffs and could be in for a long drought with all of their injuries and bad decisions.

July 4, 2011  11:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Your mom

Your mom knows how to finish!

Will be interesting to follow. Capps & Nathan r FA after this year, & lately Capps hasnt earned his paycheck: on the other hand, Nathan is 37yrs old, how long can we expect him to keep pitching?

July 6, 2011  02:25 PM ET

Eh? JEEEZ, just look at the Brewers mid relievers (none), and set up guys (none)...the twins have nothing on the Brewers.

 
July 14, 2011  10:46 PM ET

I say you dont use Capps as a closer but as a inning eater when there is big lead because six blown saves thats terrible. Maybe use Nathan in the eighth and Perkins in the ninth and when Nathan gets better maybe switch the two around

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