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Game 61: Braves @ Twins

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First Pitch: 7:10 PM CDT

TV: Fox Sports North

Radio: Twins Radio Network

Know Thine Enemy: Talking Chop

Disturbing Music Video from My Youth: "Numbers With Wings," The Bongos.

Hey, thanks again, Lonnie Smith.
































W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Francisco Liriano 5-3 11 11 0 0 0 0 72.2 71 25 25 2 21 76 3.10 1.27





Very nice pitching match-up between two survivors of Tommy John Surgery tonight. Liriano has pitched 6+ innings in 10 of 11 starts. This is good. He's also owned interleague play: 7-1, 2.67 ERA, .198 batting average, 61 Ks in 54 IP. This is also good. After last night's clusterfluff, a shutdown start from the staff ace would be most welcome, and he's definitely owed a victory after getting Crainwreck'd in his last start.
































W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Tim Hudson 6-1 12 12 0 0 0 0 77.1 62 22 21 6 29 34 2.44 1.18




If you remember the early '00s, Hudson had the Twins over a barrel when he was with the A's, but he hasn't beaten them since July of 2003. His interleague numbers are dreadful: 1-11 with a 7.27 ERA in 14 starts since joining the Braves.

Jim Thome's career numbers vs. Hudson: 9-for-16, 4 taters mashed. I would start him tonight if I were Gardy. (SPOILER ALERT: he's starting.)

Lineups and whatnot are after the jump:

Twins: (courtesy MLB.com)

  1. Span
  2. Plouffe
  3. Mauer
  4. Morneau
  5. Cuddyer
  6. Thome
  7. Kubel
  8. Valencia
  9. Punto

Braves: (courtesy the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien, who gives much love to the Mountie and Target Field, and name drops the Replacements, Husker Du, Prince and the Hold Steady; Mr. O'Brien, you are a good man.)

  1. Prado, 2B
  2. Heyward RF
  3. Jones 3B
  4. Glaus 1B
  5. McCann DH
  6. Escobar SS
  7. Infante LF
  8. Ross C
  9. Cabrera CF

Notes:

  • You will not see Jair Jurrjens or Takashi Saito this weekend, as they are on the 15-day DL. Listed as day-to-day: Chipper Jones, Nate McLouth, and Martin Prada.
  • In J.J. Hardy's renewed absence, Gardy threatened to start Brendan Harris a couple times in the interim. Oof.

Enjoy the game and the humidity, everybody.