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Game 141: Oakland Athletics @ Minnesota Twins

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First Pitch: 7:10 CDT
TV: FSN
Radio: AM 1500 & TRN
Know Thine Enemy: Athletics Nation
What Improves Every Meal: Bacon


If you can tear yourself away from setting your fantasy football lineups and ironing your Favre jersey, there is still baseball to be played. Somehow, someway, your 70-70 Minnesota Twins are still not out of the playoff hunt. They enter tonight's game 5.5 games behind the Detroit Tigers, who start a four-game series against Toronto at Comerica Park. (Detroit has dropped 8 of their last 11 to the Blue Jays. KNOW HOPE.)

Your starters:


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Nick Blackburn 9-10 28 28 3 0 0 0 175.1 208 92 81 20 39 78 4.16 1.41


After a punishing stretch as the worst starting pitcher in the history of forever, Blackburn has caught a mild strain of respectability, going 1-2 with a 3.42 ERA in his last four starts.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Clayton Mortensen 0-2 2 2 0 0 0 0 11.0 14 12 12 2 6 6 9.82 1.82

Mortensen is one of the players the Athletics acquired from the Cardinals in the Matt Holliday trade. True fact I just made up: he weighs 104 lbs. (Check out that ERA. KNOW MORE HOPE.)

Lineups:


Lineup

Oakland Athletics @ Minnesota Twins

09/11/09 8:10 PM EDT

Oakland Athletics Minnesota Twins
Adam Kennedy - 3B Denard Span - LF
Rajai Davis - CF Orlando Cabrera - SS
Ryan Sweeney - RF Joe Mauer - C
Kurt Suzuki - C Justin Morneau - 1B
Jack Cust - DH Jason Kubel - DH
Mark Ellis - 2B Michael Cuddyer - RF
Daric Barton - 1B Brian Buscher - 3B
Eric Patterson - LF Carlos Gomez - CF
Cliff Pennington - SS Alexi Casilla - 2B

Enjoy the game, everybody.