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Game 115: Twins @ White Sox

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First Pitch: 7:10 PM CDT
TV: FSN North
Radio: Twins Radio Network
Know Thine Enemy: South Side Sox
This one's for the division lead. Again. And tonight, the Sox have to face a Major League pitcher. And not just any Major League pitcher, but one of the three best starters in the American League. Let's hope he's up for the task tonight.

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Gavin Floyd 8-8 23 23 1 0 0 0 144.1 138 62 56 8 42 117 3.49 1.25

Long known for his big, sweeping, fantastic curveball, there are times where Twins hitters shouldn't be looking for it: on the first pitch of a plate appearance (just 5% curveballs), and when Floyd is behind in the count (just 2%). I alluded to this in a Twitter update earlier. If Minnesota sits on first pitch fastball and looks for something to drive, they'll have a chance to kick Floyd out early. When he gets two strikes, and when he gets ahead, that's when Floyd really feels comfortable going to his bread-and-butter pitch.

Against right-handed hitters he rarely throws a changeup (3%), but he will go to the slider far more often. He shoots for the outside black here. Against left-handed hitters he becomes more of a four-pitch pitcher, and while he still likes to work away he can drop that breaking ball low and inside.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Francisco Liriano 10-7 22 22 0 0 0 0 140.2 131 52 52 2 44 156 3.33 1.24


Lineup

Minnesota Twins @ Chicago White Sox

08/12/10 8:10 PM EDT

Minnesota Twins Chicago White Sox
Denard Span - CF Juan Pierre - LF
Orlando Hudson - 2B Alexei Ramirez - SS
Joe Mauer - C Alex Rios - CF
Jason Kubel - RF Paul Konerko - 1B
Michael Cuddyer - 1B Carlos Quentin - RF
Jim Thome - DH A.J. Pierzynski - C
Delmon Young - LF Dayan Viciedo - DH
Danny Valencia - 3B Omar Vizquel - 3B
Alexi Casilla - SS Gordon Beckham - 2B