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3 game series vs Rangers @ Rangers Ballpark in Arlington

Minnesota Twins Red-star
@ Texas Rangers Red-star

Friday, Apr 25, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
Rangers Ballpark in Arlington

Nick Blackburn vs Kevin Millwood

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Sat 04/26 8:05 PM EDT
Sun 04/27 2:05 PM EDT


Going In, In Brief

With the Twins (10-12) fresh off being obliterated by the Oakland Athletics, and the smell of change on the wind, they're getting the right team at the right time.  For a struggling offense like the Twins, a Texas pitching staff that has allowed 77 runs in the last seven games has to be divine timing.  Minnesota also has the benefit of putting their three best starters (so far) on the mound for this series.

Texas (7-16) have lost seven in a row, and have been out-scored 24-77 in that span.  Their play isn't doing any favors for the team's motto, You Could Use Some Baseball, because nobody wants to pay to see their team pounded.  It's early in the season, but it's already stacking up to be a long summer for the Rangers and their fans.  Still, their offense is potent, and unlike the Twins they have no problems knocking the ball out of the park (21 team home runs).

Probable Pitchers

Nick Blackburn VS Kevin Millwood
Scott Baker VS TBA
Livan Hernandez VA Vincente Padilla

Opposition Focus

Josh Hamilton:  After a great rookie season with Cincinnati, Hamilton is picking up right where he left off.  He's hitting .293/.355/.522 with four homers, seven doubles and ten walks.  This guy is a force.

Milton Bradley:  Utilized as the Texas designated hitter, Bradley is tearing the cover off the ball.  Batting .329/.422/.471 he's playing over his head, and even though five of his walks came in one game he can't be over-looked.

Michael Young:  Young is on fire, 16-for-40 over his last nine contests.  He currently boasts a .910 OPS.

Hank Blalock:  Blalock appears to be full healthy, and is once again an offensive threat.  He's cooled over his last five games (.150/.190/.150), but he's a decent hitter with good power, and he can ignite at any time.

C.J. Wison:  The only member of the Ranger bullpen keeping opponents under a .356 OBP, the Texas closer has been solid most of April.  He doesn't strike many batters out, but he's effective nevertheless.

Stats


Batting

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
Milton Bradley 20 70 8 23 7 0 1 7 12 12 0 1 .329 .422 .471
Josh Hamilton 23 92 11 27 7 1 4 21 10 13 0 0 .293 .355 .522
Hank Blalock 21 82 9 24 3 0 3 6 8 9 0 0 .293 .363 .439
Michael Young 22 91 11 26 6 0 3 8 11 14 1 0 .286 .359 .451
Ian Kinsler 22 90 15 25 6 0 1 10 8 16 6 0 .278 .343 .378
David Murphy 23 83 12 23 10 0 1 7 9 18 3 0 .277 .344 .434
Frank Catalanotto 19 57 8 15 5 0 2 4 4 6 1 0 .263 .333 .456
Gerald Laird 20 69 7 18 2 0 2 10 7 11 0 1 .261 .329 .377
Adam Melhuse 8 20 1 4 0 0 0 1 2 11 0 0 .200 .273 .200
Ben Broussard 21 62 6 10 0 0 3 8 5 18 0 0 .161 .246 .306
Ramon Vazquez 8 19 2 3 0 1 0 1 3 4 0 0 .158 .273 .263
Jason Botts 12 29 1 4 2 0 1 4 5 13 0 0 .138 .265 .310
Marlon Byrd 13 31 1 4 2 1 0 1 3 8 1 0 .129 .250 .258
German Duran 4 9 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 .111 .200 .111

Pitching

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
Eddie Guardado 0-0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1.1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0.00 1.50
Franklyn German 0-0 9 0 0 0 0 1 11.0 6 1 1 0 10 7 0.82 1.45
C.J. Wilson 0-1 10 0 0 0 5 1 9.0 4 2 2 0 5 3 2.00 1.00
Kason Gabbard 1-0 4 4 0 0 0 0 20.2 21 5 5 1 9 8 2.18 1.45
Kevin Millwood 1-2 5 5 1 0 0 0 32.0 38 11 9 1 12 19 2.53 1.56
Jamey Wright 1-0 9 0 0 0 0 1 12.1 14 8 6 1 6 9 4.38 1.62
Scott Feldman 0-0 1 1 0 0 0 0 6.0 8 3 3 0 2 3 4.50 1.67
Vicente Padilla 2-2 5 5 0 0 0 0 29.0 39 18 16 5 10 17 4.97 1.69
Josh Rupe 0-1 5 0 0 0 0 0 15.0 14 10 10 1 8 5 6.00 1.47
Jason Jennings 0-4 5 5 0 0 0 0 25.1 27 22 21 8 17 12 7.46 1.74
Joaquin Benoit 1-1 9 0 0 0 0 2 8.1 7 10 7 1 10 10 7.56 2.04
Frank Francisco 0-1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.1 2 2 2 1 2 1 7.71 1.71
Wes Littleton 0-0 5 0 0 0 0 1 8.1 10 8 8 0 4 3 8.64 1.68
Luis Mendoza 0-2 3 3 0 0 0 0 9.2 18 16 10 1 7 4 9.31 2.59
Dustin Nippert 1-2 6 0 0 0 0 0 8.2 19 17 16 0 8 6 16.62 3.12
Kazuo Fukumori 0-0 4 0 0 0 0 0 4.0 11 9 9 2 4 1 20.25 3.75