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Game 73: Minnesota Twins @ Milwaukee Brewers

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First Pitch: 7:05pm CDT
TV: FS-N
Radio: Twins Radio Network
Know Thine Enemy: Brew Crew Ball

Starting Pitchers


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Braden Looper 5-4 14 14 0 0 0 0 77.2 87 49 45 16 21 48 5.21 1.39


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Nick Blackburn 6-2 14 14 1 0 0 0 93.1 92 37 32 7 25 39 3.09 1.25

It's hard to be consistently effective when you strike out as few hitters as Blackburn does, but here is is nearly halfway through the 2009 campaign with a chance to shove his ERA under three. His complete game six days ago made is six quality starts in a row, and seven in his last eight. By his own admission he hasn't always had his best stuff over this period, but he's managed to get results nevertheless. The sinker has worked, and when he mixes in the fastball/slider combination while hitting his spots (all the while not being afraid to aim outside the strikezone) he can be hard to lock onto. If you're a fan of defense, tonight is your game to watch, because there shouldn't be too many punch-outs.Lineups

Twins
Carlos Gomez, CF
Brendan Harris, SS
Joe Mauer, C
Justin Morneau, 1B
Jason Kubel, LF
Michael Cuddyer, RF
Joe Crede, 3B
Matt Tolbert, 2B
Nick Blackburn, P

Brewers
Craig Counsell, 2B
Mat Gamel, 3B
Ryan Braun, LF
Prince Fielder, 1B
Corey Hart, RF
Mike Cameron, CF
J.J. Hardy, SS
Jason Kendall, C
Braden Looper, P