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Game 157: Twins @ Tigers

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First Pitch: 6:10pm CDT
TV: FS North
Radio: Twins Radio Network
Know Thine Enemy: Bless You Boys

OK, So the Twins won game one in playoff atmosphere. Now the tougher test: Try to beat Justin Verlander with a rookie on the mound. On the positive side, the Twins are now 19-5 on Tuesdays. Is it too much to ask to go 20-5 on their hottest day of the week?


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Brian Duensing 5-1 22 8 0 0 0 0 78.0 77 32 29 6 28 50 3.33 1.34

Duensing has been nothing short of miraculous this year, considering that he started the year in AAA and was the fifth pitcher recalled to the Twins when pitching problems persisted. The Twins


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Justin Verlander 17-9 33 33 3 1 0 0 224.1 205 92 85 20 61 256 3.41 1.19

Obviously, this guy is tough. But he is 0-2 with a 5.49 ERA against the Twins. So the Twins can wait him out and hopefully pounce on him like they have in his previous starts against him. One thing: I copied the thread from Sunday with Zack Greinke in this box and I have to say, it should be no contest who is the better pitcher. The only categories where Verlander is better is strikeouts and wins. In every other number, Greinke is the hands-down winner.

The big news here is that Joe Mauer is catching both ends of a double header. So Torii, you still think he's a wimp?

Lineups

1. Denard Span, RF
2. Orlando Cabrera, SS
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Jason Kubel, DH
5. Michael Cuddyer, 1B
6. Delmon Young, LF
7. Carlos Gomez, CF
8. Matt Tolbert, 3B
9. Nick Punto, 2B

TIGERS (83-73)

1. Ryan Raburn, LF
2. Placido Polanco, 2B
3. Magglio Ordonez, RF
4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
5. Marcus Thames, DH
6. Brandon Inge, 3B
7. Curtis Granderson, CF
8. Gerald Laird, C
9. Adam Everett, SS