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Game 16: Twins @ Boston

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Game Time: 6:45 pm CDT (delayed)
TV: FS-North, MLB.tv
Radio: Twins Radio Network

They're pulling the tarp off the field and getting ready to play two. Hopefully we pitch better in the rematch.

In 2000 Brad Penny was a fresh 22-years old, an eight-game winner with control problems. There was always this sense of unfulfilled promise with Penny, due in part to performances that didn't meet expectations and in part to seasons that were picked apart due to injuries. Unfortunately for Penny, that unfulfilled ace potential has given way to a profile of a quasi-reliable veteran with a decent fastball who can be a solid number three pitcher when healthy. Who's also still worth millions and millions of dollars, to the right team. About to turn 31, it's been a bit of a slow start for Penny after a generally good stint with the Dodgers the last few years. He offers a mid-90's fastball, a curve and a changeup with good movement.

Francisco Liriano could be facing a similar future, if for different reasons. For 2009, a decent start his last time out was the first time this season he looked ready for major league hitters. Against a Boston lineup that can be quite prolific in terms of pure production, he can't afford to be loose with his control...which, as we all know, can sometimes be an issue. Pitch away from David Ortiz, don't leave anything up in the zone to anyone, and don't pick at the strike zone; those are my genius keys to the game for Liriano.

Brad Penny

#36 / Pitcher / Boston Red Sox

6-4

230

R

R

May 24, 1978


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Brad Penny 1-0 2 2 0 0 0 0 9.0 11 11 11 3 7 3 11.00 2.00

Francisco Liriano

#47 / Pitcher / Minnesota Twins

6-2

225

L

L

Oct 26, 1983


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Francisco Liriano 0-3 3 3 0 0 0 0 17.2 17 11 10 2 5 11 5.09 1.25