Game 117: Seattle Mariners (56-58) @ Minnesota Twins (62-54)

Friday August 14, 1987

Twins 6, Mariners 3

Although the Twins got a nice pitching performance out of Bert Blyleven, a pair of solo home runs from Kent Hrbek and Tim Laudner, and a two-run double from Gary Gaetti; the biggest play in the 6-3 victory over the Mariners may have been a high and tight pitch from Mike Morgan that connected with Kirby Puckett’s left hand.

Puckett eventually came around to score on the Gaetti double in the eighth, but the importance of the play was not limited to securing the victory at home. The hand started to swell up immediately, and Puckett was replaced in center in the ninth inning.

Those watching feared the worst, but the x-ray told a different story: no broken bones. Puckett is likely not to miss any action, and a major loss was avoided.

Player of the Game
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Bert Blyleven 8 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 6 K

AL West Standings through 8/14 (Retrosheet)

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
Minnesota Twins                117   63   54    0  .538     -   585  589
California Angels              116   59   57    0  .509   3.5   559  565
Kansas City Royals             115   58   57    0  .504   4.0   485  469
Oakland Athletics              115   58   57    0  .504   4.0   590  555
Seattle Mariners               115   56   59    0  .487   6.0   541  589
Texas Rangers                  114   55   59    0  .482   6.5   620  614
Chicago White Sox              114   46   68    0  .404  15.5   515  552

Tomorrow vs Seattle: Roy Smith 0-0 6.75 vs Lee Guetterman (L) 9-3 4.19
Sunday-Monday vs SEA
Tuesday-Thursday @ DET
8/21-8/23 @ BOS
8/24-8/26 vs DET

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