Wow - triple digits in games already. It feels like this is coming early. Probably because the Twins haven't made it to 50 wins yet.
The White Sox nearly got swept in Detroit over the weekend, but just as the Twins did, they salvaged the last game of a four-game series, scoring four times in the first inning on their way to a 5-1 win. They're two back. The Twins are four back. Each could really use a good series to claw back the Tigers a bit, not to mention putting a hurting on the other.
|2009 - Glen Perkins||5-6||15||15||0||0||0||0||84.1||101||52||52||9||20||40||5.55||1.43|
In his last start, Perkins got absolutely shelled, then ran the old Rodney Dangerfield "Ow, my arm, it's broken" routine from Caddyshack. You might also remember it from the petulant kid on your summer baseball team in the third grade. Remember how he screwed up, and then blamed a heretofore-unmentioned arm injury, his team, the sunlight, the field, and generally everything else? Didn't you despise that kid?
Team management wasn't too happy with the lefty, and if it hadn't been for Kevin Slowey's misfortune, you wonder if Perkins would be pitching for his spot in the rotation tonight. After a hot start, he hasn't been very good, and he has had just one quality start in July (and none in his last three outings).
|2009 - John Danks||8-6||18||18||0||0||0||0||106.1||97||49||47||12||40||92||3.98||1.29|
You might remember Danks's last start at the Dome; he walked the first four hitters of the game, all four scored, and the Twins managed to hold on for a gift victory. The Sox hurler says he was developing a blister during that game, and it must have been a doozy, because it eventually led to serious problems, and he missed his last start. Barring some other disaster, though - like Perkins' mysterious shoulder troubles jumping over to Danks - he'll get the start tonight.
You've seen the Sox and Twins enough that you can probably guess at each. Nevertheless, we'll post the official word when we can.
07/27/09 8:10 PM EDT
|Chicago White Sox||Minnesota Twins|
|Scott Podsednik - CF||Denard Span - LF|
|Alexei Ramirez - SS||Joe Mauer - C|
|Jermaine Dye - RF||Justin Morneau - 1B|
|Paul Konerko - 1B||Michael Cuddyer - RF|
|A.J. Pierzynski - C||Jason Kubel - DH|
|Carlos Quentin - LF||Brendan Harris - 3B|
|Gordon Beckham - 3B||Carlos Gomez - CF|
|Jayson Nix - 2B||Nick Punto - SS|
|Josh Fields - DH||Alexi Casilla - 2B|