Game 142: Royals @ Twins

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First Pitch: 7:10 pm CST
TV: FSN
Radio: Twins Radio Network
Know Thine Enemy: Royals Review

If the Twins beat the Royals today, and the Indians lose to the Rangers, the Twins will officially be out of the AL Central dweller.

Joe Mauer was scratched from the lineup with back spasms. Josh Willingham is back to playing left field after sitting and serving as DH since September 1st.

Your starting pitchers:

Twins


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - Scott Diamond 11-6 22 22 1 1 0 0 142.1 152 60 53 14 23 77 3.35 1.23

Scott Diamond gave up four runs over five innings in his last start. However, that was also the game where the Twins scored 18 runs against the White Sox so no one really remembers what Scott did (wait, what did he do again?). In his two previous starts against the Royals this year, Diamond has a 3.86 ERA.

Royals


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - Will Smith 4-7 12 12 0 0 0 0 67.2 80 42 41 10 24 43 5.45 1.54

Rookie Will Smith has started against the Twins twice this year and lost both times. One time he gave up seven runs on eight hits, which included three home runs. The other time he only gave up three runs over six innings, which included no home runs.

Lineups after the jump.

Royals
1. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF
2. Alcides Escobar (R) SS
3. Alex Gordon (L) LF
4. Billy Butler (R) DH
5. Salvador Perez (R) C
6. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B
7. Jeff Francoeur (R) RF
8. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B
9. Johnny Giavotella (R) 2B

Twins
1. Ben Revere (L) CF
2. Jamey Carroll (R) 2B
3. Joe Mauer (L) C
4. Justin Morneau (L) 1B
5. Josh Willingham (R) LF
6. Ryan Doumit (S) DH C
7. Trevor Plouffe (R) 3B DH
8. Darin Mastroianni (R) RF
9. Pedro Florimon (S) SS

(Eduardo Escobar somewhere in above lineup at 3B)

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