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Thursday's tirades by Orioles' first baseman Ty Wigginton and interim manager Juan Samuel were still the talk at the Yards on Friday.

Count Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, who knows a little bit about getting tossed by umps, as someone impressed by Samuel's antics. He especially liked Samuel's cap-flinging across the diamond, which followed Wigginton's toss of the game ball into the stands a few minutes earlier.

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"It should have went into the stands,'' Gardenhire said of Samuel's hat. "That was really high. It was a good toss. The ball went one way, the hat the other.''

Gardenhire, whose comments were passed on by terrific Star Tribune Twins' writer La Velle E. Neal III, said he has been fined separately in the past for throwing and kicking his hat. After one outburst, Gardenhire sent Bob Watson, MLB's czar of discipline, a souvenir.

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"I signed my hat and sent it to Bob Watson,'' Gardenhire said. ``I said if this is going to cost me $500 I think you should have it. That's a true story.''

If Gardenhire had any criticism of Samuel, it's that his show didn't last long enough.

"He didn't spend enough time on the field, as much as it is going to cost him."

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