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Pa e 8 .4' Leisure Thursday, April 9, 2009 r News * Kimball, MN Kimball Express New summer Ouch! Bean Bag volle.yb II! Tournament- a eague .... .., .............. .1, - fo Everyone loves going next year Do you thmke __rmlno to Florida for spring train- NickPuntowaschasingapopup The third annual Kimball . ing. When the players arrive, A new summer volleyball league is being formed in Kim- ball at S.O.B.'s. Drop in and talk to Matt, or call for details (320) 398-2222, Express Bean Bag Tournament is this Saturday, April 11, at the Kim- ball baseball field. Registration is at 10:30 a.m. and start time is 11 a.m. Concessions are available. /" ..... t ( (JOP, N S ]OttN DAMMANN 2371 165th Street, Clearwater MN 55320 320-236-3503 " ce11320-267-4781 - CASTINGS ,, VERMICOMPOSTINGS A SUBSIDIARY OF ROCK HILL ENTERPRISES WORMS -  nallm I . Served every Wednesday, 5-7:30! Same eamat Chloken! HRS: Mon-Fri: 7:30-5:30; North of Hwy. 55 on Hwy. 15 in Kimball Garage LLC Health Mart PHARMACY Fast, Friendly and Convenient. A Pharmacist You Can Trust. We've Got You Covered. We accept 1,000s of insurance plans, so most likely we accept Picture Kiosk 29 NOW AVAILABLE! 4"x6" Prints Camera cards o CDs & floppy disks USB flash drives Prints of almost any size Camera phones IrDA or technology enabled devices 7:30-12 .0) 398-2200 Print your Spring photos! In-store, no waiting! - there is jubilation in the air. There is baseball and beauti- ful weather - and the players,  coaches, umpires, and writ- V ers enjoy both the game and the warmth, in the company of old friends and new. But by the  third week of March, they can't wait to head north. Everyone / wants real competition, games that mean something, and - they want to be able to recog- nize most of the playe/s on the field, reporter commented to  lustin M,orneau: 'Long spring trning! The soft-spoken ( Morneau replied: "Painfully long!" And it was painful to many  Twins players, quite literally,  including ]ustin himself. He was sidelined for a few days last  week with back pain. We all know about ]oe Mau- ler's inflammation of his right V sacroiliac joint this spring. Last pV year, except for those in the medical profession, no one had ,, ever heard of that joint. Thanks to Joe, it has become one of the most popular body parts in Twins Territory. But all kidding aside, Joe has suffered a lot, both physically and emotion-  ally, since at least December. His backup catcher, Mike Redmond, was hit in the thumb i,  by a fastball while batting in X/ one spring exhibition game. Although he stayed in the game, he was in pain for a few days. Our new addition at third , base, Joe Crede, was nailed in - his right hand by a Matt Garza pitch. He had to sit for a couple of games and he says he is fine  now. Brian Buscher, who has been backing up at both third base and first base, and has been  doing a marvelous job at both spots, suffered chest pain and  was sent to the hospital. Luck- N / fly it was nothing more than a  small muscle tear, but yet more pain. Michael Cuddyer was flown to the Twin Cities during spring  training to have a sore finger  checked out. Six hours of flying he for a four-minute appointment. N/ But the good news: all is Well. hg He went back to Florida and went 2-for-2 with 3 RBI's. " Even the speedy youngster,  Carlos Gomez, was sidelined for - a couple days because of a sore back. Delmon Young was out with - a sore shoulder, and our ace, Scott Baker, is on the disabled list with a stiff right shoulder. They say Scott will be fine and back with the squfid by the 2 Twins' second home-stand.  Pitcher Boof Bonzer is also N/on the DL, rehabbing from sur- x/ gery. People remember his poor NCpitching performances from last year, and don't seem as con-  cerned about him. They don't realize that with the surgery " with his strong rehab program, he could be back in form top //'you would like to see this col- No.urn n reg larly during the Tw ins  season, be sure to let us know. Also, would like to iTyou  sponsor this column, call us at 398-5000 today! last week, and ended up on his back side on top of the ball. He had to sit - or more likely stand - in the dug- out for the next couple of games. STOP! Usually I am more posi- tive and optimistic, so this is where my story takes a new spin. Look at it this way: Most of these injuries are not serious, just nagging inconve- niences. They happened in spring, and we aren't losing much man- power from the regular season. Hopefully we have them out of our system now and can play injury- free. And because a few guys landed on the disabled list, Gardy was able to give a few deserving guys a chance with the Twins, including R.A. Dickey. It will be fun to watch a knuckleball pitcher, and even more fun to watch his catcher try to catch him! And we are, at last, in the regular season, where every game means something. That is the best news of all. We are in a race for a champion- ship! Joe Mauer's Golf Tournament to remain in Stillwater! It had been reported that Joe was Punto finds the popup. Photos by Gordy Jones. considering moving his Friends of St. Paul Golf Tournament to St. Paul. The tournament benefits amateur ball fields in St. Paul, by financing improvements such as lights. How- ever, ]oe's father, lake Mauer It., told me that their dates couldn't be accommodated, so it will remain in Stillwater and be played May 11, 2009, at StoneRidge Golf Club. 'And besides," lake went on to say, "StoneRidge has always done a very nice job with it."