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Game 118: Athletics @ Twins

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First Pitch: 1:10 PM CDT


TV: WFTC 29


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 - Kevin Slowey
10-5 24 22 0 0 0 0 127.1 140 64 63 17 22 93 4.45 1.27





Slowey has lowered his ERA one half of a run in his last three starts: 21.2 innings, 12 hits, 16 strikeouts, 2 walks and a 2.08 ERA. I'd love notihng more than for him to continue that trend today.

The key, as it's been most of the year for Kevin, is to change speeds and, hopefully, get those off-speed pitches to work for him.





























W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Vin Mazzaro
6-4 16 13 0 0 0 0 88.2 89 45 38 12 33 59 3.86 1.38





Right, so then there's this guy. He's still just 23, the young right-hander throws in the low 90s while his breaking balls have been his most effective offerings this year. He'll get a few swings and misses and strike out a few, but largely he pitches to contact and doesn't garner enough chase swings to be a strikeout pitcher.

Mazzaro likes to work away, which is common. He'll throw a very hittable fastball early in the count (.356 batting average against), but will rely on his breaking ball later in the count and in two-strike situations...especially against right-handed hitters.






Lineup


Oakland Athletics @ Minnesota Twins


08/15/10 2:10 PM EDT













































Oakland Athletics Minnesota Twins

Coco Crisp - CF

Denard Span - CF

Daric Barton - 1B

Orlando Hudson - 2B

Kurt Suzuki - C

Joe Mauer - C

Jack Cust - DH

Jason Kubel - RF

Kevin Kouzmanoff - 3B

Michael Cuddyer - 1B

Mark Ellis - 2B

Jim Thome - DH

Rajai Davis - RF

Danny Valencia - 3B

Chris Carter - LF

Jason Repko - LF

Cliff Pennington - SS

Alexi Casilla - SS