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Game 48: Texas Rangers @ Minnesota Twins

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First Pitch: 7:10 PM CDT
TV: FSN North
Radio: Twins Radio Network
Know Thine Enemy: Lone Star Ball

Things really don't get easier for the Twins, as they face the first-place Texas Rangers (the AL West is weird this year) in a 3-game series to close out the home stand. Speaking of the Rangers, if you have some money sitting around, and you want to buy a baseball team...

Starters and whatnot after the jump:


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Kevin Slowey 5-3 10 9 0 0 0 0 49.2 63 25 25 8 13 38 4.53 1.53

Nine starts, one time past the sixth inning. What else can you say?


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Colby Lewis 4-2 9 9 0 0 0 0 57.1 42 22 22 5 24 58 3.45 1.15

Lewis has had three 10-strikeout games this year and shares a first name with a type of cheese, the first Rangers pitcher to do that since Gruyere Patton in 1979*.

Lineups:


Lineup

Texas Rangers @ Minnesota Twins

05/28/10 8:10 PM EDT

Texas Rangers Minnesota Twins
Elvis Andrus - SS Denard Span - CF
Michael Young - 3B Orlando Hudson - 2B
Ian Kinsler - 2B Joe Mauer - C
Vladimir Guerrero - DH Justin Morneau - 1B
Josh Hamilton - LF Jim Thome - DH
David Murphy - RF Michael Cuddyer - RF
Justin Smoak - 1B Jason Kubel - LF
Max Ramirez - C J.J. Hardy - SS
Julio Borbon - CF Nick Punto - 3B

No Nelson Cruz, who pulled a hamstring on Wednesday. Multiple sources indicate he might be headed to the DL, which would be a nice break for the Twins this weekend. Regarding the Rangers first baseman, I apologize in advance for any Smoak Monster references I make in the recap tonight**.

Enjoy the game, everybody.

*I am lying.

**I do not apologize.