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I'm taking a vacation day today. It's Peyton's 12th birthday. I'm spending the day with her. We are seeing the movie Maleficent, going out to lunch, to Gameworks, shopping and then watching Team USA in the World Cup.

The Golf Exchange
Thanks to everyone that stopped by on Saturday!

Fans brace for expensive All-Star game tickets at Target Field 
The Twins promise a four-day extravaganza. There's a celebrity softball game, a player parade and, of course, a home run derby - now a major television spectacle.
All those events add up to steep ticket prices, leaving some fans unhappy. On her way into a Twins game earlier this month, Tammy Sly of Minneapolis said she's not ready to shell out hundreds of dollars.
"It's not fair, it should be for the fans," she said. "We paid for this stadium as taxpayers and we should get to go to the game."
According to a letter sent to Twins season ticket holders, the package of the game plus events started at around $400 and went as high as $1,400.
Whether they're season ticket holders or not, fans have to buy the whole package, known as a ticket strip.


Notes, stats and video from Sunday's 13-4 win over Brewers HERE

Todd Frazier: NL All-Star?

MILWAUKEE, WI - JUNE 15: Todd Frazier #21 of the Cincinnati Reds hits a 2 RBI double in the top of the ninth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on June 15, 2014 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

I'll admit it, I did not see this season coming for Todd Frazier. I thought after the regression of last year, he had settled into what he was going to be, a guy with some pop in his bat, but with an undisciplined approach at the plate, and a guy that the league had figured out. From his rookie season of 2012 to 2013, Frazier's batting average dropped 39 points (.273 to .234) his slugging fell 91 points (.498 to .407) and his OPS plunged 108 points (.829-.721). Instead, Frazier is seeing a few more pitches, hitting with more power, getting a little luckier on balls in play, and he has become one of the most productive 3B in the game.
Todd Frazier 2014:
15 HR, 39 RBI, 68 H, 42 R, 6 SB, 15 2B, 2.5 WAR
ML/NL rank among 3B
SLG: 1/1
OPS: 1/1
H: T7/T6
HR: 2/1
RBI: 4/2
2B: T8/5
R: T3/T2
SB: 1/1
WAR: 2/1 
Stats MLB 3B 
Vote for Frazier HERE 

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The San Antonio Spurs celebrate with the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy after the Spurs defeated the Miami Heat 107-84 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals to win the NBA Finals Championship, June 15, 2014 in San Antonio,Texas. Front row from left: MVP Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Patty Mills. The Spurs won the best of seven series 4-1. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)


On this date: Friday night, June 16, 1978

Cincinnati Reds versus St. Louis Cardinals
Riverfront Stadium/Cincinnati, OH (Boxscore)
Tom Seaver Pitches No-Hitter, Reds Defeat Cardinals, 4-0
From Steven Sharp:

Tom Seaver pitched his only MLB no-hitter, leading the Reds to a 4-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.  Seaver issued three bases on balls and struck out three batters.  Future Reds pitcher John Denny started for the Cardinals and took the loss.  Both pitchers held the opposition hitless through the first four innings.  In the bottom of the fifth inning, Pete Rose doubled home two runs for Reds and later scored in the inning.  Dan Driessen hit a home run in the bottom of the sixth inning.  That was more than enough for Seaver.  Seaver (8-4) picked up the win in his seventh consecutive start.  It was the third straight complete game for Seaver.  Seaver struck out twice, but walked once, in his three plate appearances.
Don Werner was the catcher for Seaver.  Werner started at catcher for the Reds for the nineteenth consecutive game.  It was the eighteenth consecutive Reds game in which Werner had caught every inning.  Werner was filling in for Johnny Bench, who had missed most of the prior three weeks with a back injury.
Pete Rose went 2-for-4, extending his hitting streak to two games.  Rose's modest hitting streak would eventually reach 44 games.
Ray Knight entered the game in the eighth inning as a defensive replacement for Rose at third base.  Knight had an impact right away, making a great defensive play on a chopper hit by the first Cardinals batter (Jerry Morales) that came to plate after Knight had entered the game.
Ken Griffey was leading the National League in batting average and in hits at the time of this game.
The night before this game (on June 15, 1978), the Reds played an exhibition game at their AAA affiliate Indianapolis Indians.  The Reds won that game, 8-5.  Marty Brennaman made at least one reference to that exhibition game during the Seaver no-hitter game.
The Reds acquired Tom Seaver 366 days earlier (June 15, 1977) in a trade deadline deal with the New York Mets.
Seaver's no-hitter was the first no-hitter pitched by a Reds pitcher since Jim Maloney,
who pitched a no-hitter against the Houston Astros at Crosley Field on April 30, 1969.