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Game 52: Minnesota Twins @ Tampa Bay Rays

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First Pitch: 12:38pm CDT
TV: WFTC29
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 - Matt Garza 4-3 10 10 0 0 0 0 66.2 48 28 27 8 27 60 3.65 1.13

Garza gets his first shot at the Twins in 2009 this afternoon, and he's looking to bounce back from a rough start against the Indians as well as extracting a little bit of that frustration he's always shown for the franchise. He's still a big fastball guy who throws a pair of breaking balls, occasionally mixing in the off-speed pitch. This season he's getting more ground balls, which has helped him a little bit, but after his last start his home run rates have jumped as well. Like Liriano, Garza has a history of getting into his own head a bit, so if the Twins can jump on him early they might have some success. Allowing Garza to get into a groove is never a good thing.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Nick Blackburn 4-2 10 10 0 0 0 0 63.1 67 30 25 4 19 32 3.55 1.36