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Kevin Youkilis Leaves Game With Diarrhea

When Drew Sutton entered the game for Kevin Youkilis in the top of the fifth inning, the moment caused a bit of concern since Carl Crawford had already exited the game due to an apparent leg injury.

The bad news is that Crawford has grade 1 hamstring strain and does not know when he will play again. For a guy who is getting paid $142 million for 7-years to basically run, that’s quite disheartening.

The good news is that Youkilis simply had a case of the runs and needed to use the crapper; bad. In the press box they announced that he left the game because of a stomach illness. What did you want them to say? “Kevin Youkilis has left the game because his ass is leaking”? 

2009 National League Rookie of the Year Demoted

Florida Marlins outfielder Chris Coghlan looked forward to the road trips against the Tampa Bay Rays. That’s where he was from. Coghlan’s relatives and friends would routinely sit in the same section at Tropicana Field to cheer on Coghlan, who grew up just north of St. Petersburg in Tarpon Springs. But there was no cheering from that section Friday, as Coghlan was demoted to Triple-A New Orleans before the start of the three-game series against the Rays.

The 25-year old Coghlan was the 2009 National League Rookie of the Year lost his role as leadoff hitter last week and now has lost his spot on the roster too. He’ll have to straighten things out in the minors.

Coghlan hit .321 in 2009 in 128 games. He hit .268 last year in 91 games, with his season cut short when he tore a knee ligament July 25 while celebrating a walk-off single by Wes Helms. Coghlan, who played in 65 of the Marlins’ first 69 games, was hitting .230 with an on-base percentage of .296. This is quite a fall from grace for this young man, hopefully he battles back and perseveres.

Joe Mauer Produces in Return, Twins Continue to Roll

Joe Mauer went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored Friday night. Mauer brought home a run with a single in the first inning, starting a five-run rally that helped the Twins to a 6-5 win over the Padres and gave Minnesota its 12th win during its last 14 games. With this victory, the Twins also moved within eight games of first place in the AL Central after trailing by 16 1/2 games on June 1.

Mauer, who missed 58 games with bilateral leg weakness, came to the plate in the first after a standing ovation from the sold out crowd, and didn’t disappoint lacing a single up the middle off left-hander Clayton Richard to score Alexi Casilla, who had singled earlier in the inning and reached second on a wild pitch after Ben Revere was thrown out trying to steal third.

If the Twins are able to win the AL Central after being decimated by injuries during the first half, this will become one of the great stories of endurance, perseverance and success we’ve seen in quite a long time.

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