A History of Non-Pitchers Pitching for the Twins

9/10/1961: Julio Becquer came into the game in the bottom of the 7th inning with the Twins trailing 8-1 at the Kansas City Athletics. He promptly allowed four consecutive two-out hits, two singles and two doubles. By the time Becquer recorded the third out, the Twins trailed 13-1. Becquer came back out for the 8th inning and had some more success, with only a two-out walk between him and a 1-2-3 inning. It was Becquer’s second career pitching appearance. The firstbaseman had pitched an inning the previous year as part of the Washington Senators.

9/22/1968: Cesar Tovar starts and pitches one inning in a game in which the utility man played exactly one inning at each of the nine positions on the field as part of a promotion dreamed up by Calvin Griffith. Tovar did not allow a hit, but walked one batter and was called for a balk. The game drew just north of 11,000 fans, which was below average for a Sunday game. The Twins won the game 2-1.

6/27/1988 & 5/7/1989: Dan Gladden made a total of two appearances as a pitcher. His career line: 2.0 innigs pitched, 1 walk, 0 strikeouts, 4.50 ERA.

6/24/1989, 5/19/1990, & 7/3/1990: John Moses took over for Gladden as the mop-up position player/pitcher and made three appearances. Two of them came at Fenway Park.

7/25/2011: Michael Cuddyer allowed two hits but no runs in a 20-6 loss to the Texas Rangers.

5/20/2012: Drew Butera reached 94 mph on the radar gun and struck out former Twin Carlos Gomez in a scoreless inning pitched against the Milwaukee Brewers.



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