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Your Starting Pitchers:
|2009 - Francisco Liriano||4-9||19||19||0||0||0||0||108.0||111||69||64||15||49||99||5.33||1.48|
If it's possible for the Twins to have a "must-win" game before August, tonight's the night. Three gut-punch losses in four days, each one providing a unique brand of torture for the Twins faithful. Record-tying lost lead? Check. Embarrassing blowout to a punchless team? Check. Blown save by the most reliable closer in the game? Check.
Tasked with stopping the madness: the Francisco Liriano Roller Coaster. Oh, goody. Now, if the Twins can get the exact same start from Liriano that they got last time (6+ IP, 6 K , 2 ER), I have to imagine they would be thrilled. However, banking on consistency from Liriano this year is a sucker's bet. I have no idea what to expect tonight. I suspect no one in the Twins' clubhouse does, either.
Oh, and the Tigers and White Sox are playing each other. No time like the present, boys.
|2009 - John Lackey||5-4||13||13||0||0||0||0||82.0||88||43||40||8||22||67||4.39||1.34|
Lackey started the year on the DL with a forearm strain, but looks to be returning to form. He threw nine scoreless innings and allowed just three hits in his last start, a 1-0 extra-inning victory over Oakland.
Let us not forget that Lackey was also ejected from a game earlier this year after throwing just two pitches. Earl Weaver would be proud.
You'll get your lineups when they're good and ready. Enjoy the game, everyone.
UPDATE: Not good, courtesy LaVelle's Twitter Machine: Kevin Slowey has been shut down and will return to Twin Cities. Full story here.
Minnesota Twins @ Los Angeles Angels
07/24/09 10:05 PM EDT
|Minnesota Twins||Los Angeles Angels|
|Denard Span - CF||Chone Figgins - 3B|
|Joe Mauer - C||Erick Aybar - SS|
|Justin Morneau - 1B||Bobby Abreu - RF|
|Jason Kubel - DH||Mike Napoli - DH|
|Michael Cuddyer - RF||Howie Kendrick - 2B|
|Brian Buscher - 3B||Gary Matthews - CF|
|Delmon Young - LF||Robb Quinlan - LF|
|Nick Punto - SS||Brandon Wood - 1B|
|Alexi Casilla - 2B||Jeff Mathis - C|