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Game 66: Rockies @ Twins

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First Pitch: 12:10 PM CDT
TV: FSN North
Radio: Twins Radio Network

Know Thine Enemy: Purple Row


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Francisco Liriano 6-3 12 12 0 0 0 0 80.2 76 26 26 2 21 87 2.90 1.20

This will be Liriano's biggest test of the season. He needs to keep the Colorado offense in check, if not put up a goosegg on the afternoon, if he wants to have a shot at beating the best pitcher in baseball this season. If both of these guys pitch the way they're capable of, we could be in for one of the best games of the season right here. I love a good pitcher's duel, and today we might see sparks as the lineups try to find traction.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Ubaldo Jimenez 12-1 13 13 3 2 0 0 93.1 57 12 12 3 34 84 1.16 .97

Um...yeah. Jiminez is sick. The 26-year old right hander is allowing less than a base runner per inning, racking up strikouts, stranding 91% of base runners and has a high ground ball rate that helps him keep the ball in the park. He throws a wicked mid to upper-90s fastball, an incredibly hard slider in the upper 80s, and occasional curveball...and an 88 mph changeup. R.A. Dickey would kill for an 88 mph fastball. In his last start, he had the worst start of the season: six innings, three runs. Yeah, he's pretty good.

I won't be around to post lineups in time for the game, so feel free to drop them into the comments. (UPDATE FROM RANDBALL'S STU: Lineups below courtesy of 33MorneauMVP, who I don't think is the real Justin Morneau, but was nice enough to post the info in the comments.)

ROCKIES (33-32)

1. Carlos Gonzalez, CF
2. Todd Helton, 1B
3. Troy Tulowitzki, SS
4. Ryan Spilborghs, LF
5. Miguel Olivo, C
6. Melvin Mora, 3B
7. Brad Hawpe, RF
8. Chris Iannetta, DH
9. Clint Barmes, 2B

Starting pitcher: RH Ubaldo Jimenez (12-1, 1.16 ERA)

TWINS (38-27)

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Matt Tolbert, 2B
3. Justin Morneau, 1B
4. Jason Kubel, DH
5. Michael Cuddyer, RF
6. Delmon Young, LF
7. Danny Valencia, 3B
8. Nick Punto, SS
9. Drew Butera, C

Starting pitcher: LH Francisco Liriano (6-3, 2.90 ERA)