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Game 51: Minnesota Twins @ Tampa Bay Rays

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First Pitch: 3:10pm CDT
TV: FOX
Radio: Twins Radio Network
Know Thine Enemy: DRays Bay

Starting Pitchers


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - David Price 0-0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3.1 4 2 2 1 5 6 5.40 2.70

One start for the phenom price, and it was definitely anticlimactic. Which pretty much means he's due to blow the Twins out of the water. The man is a prodigy, with a fastball in the upper-90's and a slider in the upper-80's. In his minor league career, here are his vitals: 2.69 ERA, 9.0 K/9, 0.8 HR/9, 3.1 BB/9, 1.18 WHIP. Being a fan of the Twins is great, but if you're a fan of baseball in general you're in for a treat tonight.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Francisco Liriano 2-6 10 10 0 0 0 0 54.2 60 40 39 8 25 47 6.42 1.55

After bleeding to death in the fourth inning of his last start, Liriano needs to find a way to mesh his abilty to send hitters down on strikes in waves with some control. It just needs to happen, because all the talent in the world doesn't mean anything if you give up runs like Liriano has this season. The Twins need him to step up and be the ace he's always been meant to be, and I'm sincerely hoping he can do that this afternoon.


Lineup

Minnesota Twins @ Tampa Bay Rays

05/30/09 4:10 PM EDT

Minnesota Twins Tampa Bay Rays
Denard Span - LF B.J. Upton - CF
Joe Mauer - C Carl Crawford - LF
Justin Morneau - 1B Evan Longoria - 3B
Michael Cuddyer - RF Carlos Pena - 1B
Joe Crede - 3B Willy Aybar - 2B
Brendan Harris - SS Ben Zobrist - SS
Delmon Young - DH Joe Dillon - DH
Carlos Gomez - CF Gabe Kapler - RF
Alexi Casilla - 2B Michel Hernandez - C

Unfortunately Jason Kubel is out of the lineup tonight, but on the plus side Carlos Gomez is getting another night in center field. Alexi Casilla gets a start at second base after getting recalled after Friday night's game, and I know I'll be watching to see if there are any signs he's learned something by getting sent down.