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Game 139: Minnesota Twins @ Toronto Blue Jays

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First Pitch: 6:07pm CDT
TV: Fox Sports North
Radio: Twins Radio Network
Know Thine Enemy: Bluebird Banter

Game Notes

  • Jason Kubel is starting in right today, looks like Michael Cuddyer is getting the day off.
  • Roy Halladay is good.
  • Joe Mauer is back in the lineup.
  • Joe Crede is available off the bench and should be starting again in a few days.
  • I'd just like to remind everyone that this is the Blue Jays, a team with a worse record in a better division. What kind of record would the Twins have if they were in the AL East?
  • We need a huge game from Carl Pavano


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Roy Halladay 14-8 27 27 6 2 0 0 199.0 194 74 66 19 28 174 2.98 1.12

Ho-hum, another Cy Young-worthy season for Doc. He won't get to the 20-win benchmark, but it shouldn't matter. If that cut fastball of his and that curve are working, it could be a long day for the offense. Halladay throws strikes whether you swing or not, but the fact is that you will. And compared to a lot of other pitchers around the league, you're going to miss a lot more often. He'll even get you to swing if the ball isn't in the zone. Doc is a beast, and as a baseball fan I'll be glad to see him pitch tonight. As a Twins fan, right now? Not so much.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Carl Pavano 2-3 6 6 0 0 0 0 37.0 39 18 17 2 9 30 4.14 1.30

Pavano's mixed good and not-so-good performances with the Twins so far, but overall I've been pleased with his performance. I wouldn't be surpised to see the Twins offer him a one-year contract after the season to help anchor the staff next year. If he can turn in another six-inning, three-run performance today, mixing in a few strikeouts, he'll have given his team a shot. And against Doc, that's all you're really looking for. A shot.


Lineup

Minnesota Twins @ Toronto Blue Jays

09/09/09 7:07 PM EDT

Minnesota Twins Toronto Blue Jays
Denard Span - CF Marco Scutaro - SS
Orlando Cabrera - SS Jose Bautista - RF
Joe Mauer - DH Adam Lind - DH
Justin Morneau - 1B Lyle Overbay - 1B
Jason Kubel - RF Vernon Wells - CF
Delmon Young - LF Rod Barajas - C
Brian Buscher - 3B Edwin Encarnacion - 3B
Jose Morales - C Travis Snider - LF
Nick Punto - 2B John McDonald - 2B