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Baker Three Outs away from Perfect Game Gets Twins Past Royals 5-0

I spent the first six weeks or so of this season covering the Rochester Red Wings so I could get my first taste of Minor League Baseball after covering the Cleveland Indians for the previous 11 years. It was a great experience, the Twins Triple A franchise is a class organization and they play in beautiful little ball park called Frontier Field. Their manager Stan Cliburn is a great leader, and will have that team in contention for as long as he manages there. I also got to spend time with some up and coming players who were on the verge of making that leap to the Bigs. One of those young men was Red Wings starter Scott Baker who had electric stuff and is a quality guy. Last year Minnesota demoted him back to the minors, and that is where he started this season. Baker has been back with Minnesota most of the campaign getting promoted not long after I ended my stay with them. Baker almost made history on Friday night as he went into the top of the ninth inning with out allowing a baserunner on the entire game. Unfortunately, the perfect game was broken up by the first Kansas City batter John Buck walked. The next batter Esteban German grounded into a force out, but Royals pinch hitter Mike Sweeney had a bloop single to left center to break up the No-No. Baker got the next two batters out and had to settle for a complete game shutout, as the Twins won 5-0.

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