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Game 121: Minnesota Twins (58-62) at Texas Rangers (67-52)

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

After a second straight come from behind victory last night in Arlington, the Twins look to take 3 out of 4 tonight against the Rangers. At four games below .500, Minnesota needs a long, hot streak in order to climb back into the thick of the AL Central race. Where better to kick off such a streak than Texas, where it's too hot and humid to even play a day getaway game?

Starting Pitchers


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Derek Holland 6-7 26 13 1 1 0 1 97.2 104 57 53 16 32 79 4.88 1.39

Rookie Derek Holland is considered the second highest pitching prospect (to Neftali Feliz) in the Texas organization. A four-pitch left hander, Holland features a low 90's fastball, slider, curve and change. His rookie season, as for most, has been one of ups and downs. Over his last four starts, he's been very good, pitching 28.2 IP, 16 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 8 BB, 25 SO over the last month. In a start against Minnesota on July 19th, the Twins managed 3 runs on 5 hits and 4 walks over 4 innings. Sounds like more wasted opportunities to me...


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Anthony Swarzak 3-6 11 11 0 0 0 0 53.2 68 37 35 8 18 30 5.87 1.60

It's time for Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson to earn his paycheck. Swarzak has been an absolute mess in his three August starts, listed below. He's got an 18.00 ERA and 3.25 WHIP over the three starts. The only good news? His FIP is lower than his ERA (9.08), primarily because he's only allowed one walk this month...it's still terrible though. We should know after the first couple innings whether Swarzak will have a chance to see the 5th inning for the first time this month.

  • Aug. 15: 4.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 2 HR
  • Aug. 07: 1.0 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 2 HR
  • Aug. 01: 3.0 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR

Lineup

Will be posted closer to game time. Expect to see Mauer DH, as he's caught the last three games and had a rough night behind the plate last night. Holland is a left hander, so Kubel may sit as well. I'm guessing Harris at 1B, Young-Gomez-Cuddyer in the OF and Mauer at DH?

UPDATE: Duh. Forgot Span. Cuddyer is at 1B. I was wondering about that...with both Kubel and Morneau sitting, the bottom of the order is a little soft.


Lineup

Minnesota Twins @ Texas Rangers

08/20/09 8:05 PM EDT

Minnesota Twins Texas Rangers
Denard Span - RF Julio Borbon - DH
Orlando Cabrera - SS Michael Young - 3B
Joe Mauer - DH Josh Hamilton - CF
Michael Cuddyer - 1B Marlon Byrd - LF
Joe Crede - 3B Ian Kinsler - 2B
Delmon Young - LF Nelson Cruz - RF
Mike Redmond - C Hank Blalock - 1B
Carlos Gomez - CF Taylor Teagarden - C
Nick Punto - 2B Elvis Andrus - SS