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Game 153: The Team with the Best Record in MLB @ Tigers

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First Pitch: 6:05 PM CDT
TV: Fox Sports North/Lapanta Global Outreach
Radio: Twins Radio Network
Know Thine Enemy: Bless You Boys

Tonight's Anthem: "Ace of Spades," Motörhead

Mouthwash jukebox gasoline.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Francisco Liriano 14-8 29 29 0 0 0 0 183.1 174 70 70 5 56 191 3.44 1.25


Liriano has had two starts in Detroit this year: an 8-inning, 10 K gem in April, and a 1 and 2/3 inning, 7 ER shellacking in July.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Justin Verlander 17-8 31 31 3 0 0 0 208.1 179 84 80 14 69 198 3.46 1.19


Another year, another excellent season for the Detroit ace. Also, someone should take this quote from Verlander in the ESPN game preview and send it to the BBWAA Cy Young voters on behalf of Team Felix:

"The thing I'm most proud of is getting wins for the team," Verlander said. "Wins (are) not a singular stat. It's probably the most team-oriented stat there is. You get that many wins in that many years, it has a whole lot to do with the guys playing behind me."

Lineups after the jump (with an important ALL CAPS UPDATE on Joe Mauer), or my name ain't Nathan Arizona:

Lineups (courtesy Joe C.):

Twins:

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Orlando Hudson, 2B
3. Jason Kubel, DH
4. Michael Cuddyer, 1B
5. Delmon Young, LF
6. Danny Valencia, 3B
7. Jose Morales, C
8. Ben Revere, RF
9. Alexi Casilla, SS

Tigers:

TBA

Notes:

  • Big news today is Gardy saying what most everyone has accepted as a given by now: Justin Morneau is very unlikely to come back this season. Direct quote from his interview with ESPN1500 today: "I don't see how it can possibly happen for him."
  • On a much more positive note, Morneau's wife Krista gave birth to a daughter, Evelyn, yesterday AM. No word when they plan to tell the child that she's half-Canadian, but those difficult discussions can wait for another day. Our congratulations to the both of them.
  • Looks like Thome and Hardy get a third day off this evening. I assume resting a couple regulars each day will be SOP the rest of the way. I have no problem with this, especially since it sounds like both Joe Girardi and Joe Maddon are doing the exact same thing.
  • UPDATE (4:20 PM): MLB.com's Kelly Thesier Tweeted that Gardy said Joe Mauer will not play this weekend in Detroit, but may play Monday in Kansas City if his knee feels better.

Enjoy the game, everybody.