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Game 25: Twins vs Kansas City

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First Pitch: 1:10 pm
TV: WFTC (29)
Radio: Twins Radio Network
Know Thine Enemy: Royals Review

A win would be good today; take a series from the Royals, and help maintain the cluster in the standings for the AL Central. Fourth place is never fun, even at this stage.

Last night the Twins exhausted their complement of bullpen arms. All six relievers came on to pitch in Saturday's fiasco, and even though they all threw 25 pitches or fewer I doubt they'll all be available tonight. Should the bullpen be needed, Jose Mijares and R.A. Dickey would likely be the guys to pick up the ball. All the same, Scott Baker needs to go long today...and not just for the team, but for himself. He's had a rough start to the season.

For the Royals it'll be Gil Meche, who's had one bad start in five during April. He throws a good fastball around 92-93 mph, a slider, curve and changeup. In many ways he profiles like Scott Baker: misses a few bats, limits walks, good stamina when healthy. The big difference is that Meche keeps the ball in the park, in part because he gets more ground balls, and in part because he hasn't had the horrendous starts that Baker has.

Here's hoping Scott will turn it around today.


Scott Baker

#30 / Pitcher / Minnesota Twins

6-4

220

R

R

Sep 19, 1981


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Scott Baker 0-3 3 3 0 0 0 0 14.2 21 16 16 7 4 12 9.82 1.70



Gil Meche

#55 / Pitcher / Kansas City Royals

6-3

215

R

R

Sep 08, 1978


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Gil Meche 1-2 5 5 0 0 0 0 31.0 31 14 13 0 9 27 3.77 1.29