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Game 117: Athletics @ Twins

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First Pitch: 7:10 PM CDT
TV: Fox Sports North
Radio: Twins Radio Network
Know Thine Enemy: Athletics Nation

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Brian Duensing 5-1 43 4 0 0 0 0 67.1 58 18 17 5 17 38 2.27 1.11

Brian's been pretty good out of the rotation, much like last year. He bounced back to gut through seven and a third following a rough start his last time out, and in total has amassed 24.1 innings in four starts. In that stretch, opponents are hitting just .269/.306/.376. That's not bad.

He likes to work away, and tends to try and get right-handed hitters to chase outside a bit more. Against lefties Duensing loves his slider and, just like Liriano, only throws the changeup about 1% of the time. With his curve almost more of a "show me" pitch, against lefties he's almost exclusively fastball-slider.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Trevor Cahill 12-4 20 20 1 1 0 0 133.2 90 45 38 11 41 76 2.56 .98

Cahill is having an absolutely brilliant season. Largely because it's friggin' impossible to pick up a hit against the 22-year old right hander. All four of his pitches have been a plus this year, especially his fastball. It's been an absolutely sick pitch, which isn't bad for a guy who will average about 90 mph.

He induces a lot of ground balls, which help him limit extra base hits for the lucky souls who do get one to find grass. Looking at his results, he's great at finishing off hitters, he's great at retiring the first batter of the inning, 40% of his innings are 1-2-3, more two-strike at-bats turn into outs than most, and he's very good at turning hitter's counts into outs.


Lineup

Oakland Athletics @ Minnesota Twins

08/14/10 7:10 PM EDT

Oakland Athletics Minnesota Twins
Coco Crisp - CF Denard Span - CF
Daric Barton - 1B Orlando Hudson - 2B
Kurt Suzuki - C Joe Mauer - C
Kevin Kouzmanoff - 3B Jason Kubel - RF
Mark Ellis - 2B Michael Cuddyer - 1B
Rajai Davis - RF Jim Thome - DH
Jack Cust - DH Delmon Young - LF
Chris Carter - LF Danny Valencia - 3B
Steven Tolleson - SS Alexi Casilla - SS