|2010 - Nick Blackburn||6-3||12||12||1||0||0||0||74.1||99||42||41||10||16||22||4.96||1.55|
Blackburn pitched well against Atlanta after two wretched starts to begin June, and looks to extend the Twins' excellence in interleague play.
|2010 - Joe Blanton||1-5||8||8||0||0||0||0||47.0||64||40||38||11||11||26||7.28||1.60|
Blanton has been pretty terrible. But don't take it from me, take it from Joe Blanton himself: "I've been pretty terrible." How terrible? 0-3 with an ERA north of 10 in his last four starts. Twinkie Town has confirmed that this is, in fact, terrible, and credit Joe Blanton for stating the obvious.
Lineups (courtesy LaVelle):
Denard Span, CF
2. Orlando Hudson,2B
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Michael Cuddyer, THIRD BASE
6. Jason Kubel, RF
7. Delmon Young, LF
8. Nick Punto, SS
9. Nick Blackburn, RHP
1. Shane Victorino, CF
2. Placido Polanco, 3B
3. Chase Utley, 2B
4. Ryan Howard, 3B
5. Jason Werth, RF
6. Raul Ibanez, LF
7. Wilson Valdez, SS
8. Carlos Ruiz, C
9. Joe Blanton, RHP
- As you can see, Orlando Hudson is back. As you can also see, Michael Cuddyer is playing third base. This will be fun to watch.
- As noted by DavidRF in the previous thread, the Twins didn't send anyone down to clear space for Hudson. Jose Mijares has gone back to Venezuela for a family emergency.
- This is the Twins' first appearance at Citizens Bank Park. LaVelle notes that the power alleys are shorter than Target Field's, so perhaps Cuddyer and Mauer will see some of those long outs turn into home runs. Frankly, as long as they're not double plays, I'll be thrilled.
- Twins fans won't get much sympathy from their Philly brethren about banged-up shortstops, as Jimmy Rollins remains on the DL with a calf strain; ESPN says he might play Sunday. His replacement: former Twin Juan Castro. Things are tough all over.
- Also on the DL for the Phillies is their perfectly-named lefty reliever, Antonio Bastardo, who has a bum elbow.
- If you get super annoyed by the game or want something to watch during commercials, it appears the the MLB Network will be carrying the White Sox/Fighting Strasburgs game tonight.
Enjoy the game, everybody.