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Game 16: Twins (5-10) @ Orioles (6-8), 6:05pm

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First Pitch: 6:05 pm CDT
TV: FSN. Like always.
Radio: Twins Radio Network. Like always.
Know Thine Enemy
: Camden Chat

I know you're out there, calm Twins fans. You are telling your friends that it's a long season, and a slow start doesn't guarantee anything except for a poor record in April, and even though the Twins are six games back right now, it's the Royals and the Indians they are trailing so everything will probably be okay.

I just want to say, on behalf of the rest of us: you are wrong. It is panic time. The panic alarm has been going off for awhile now and nobody's making a move to flip the switch and say in a soothing voice over the loudspeaker, "REMAIN CALM. THIS IS ONLY A DRILL." Instead the panic alarm continues to sound. Can't you hear it? AAAOOOGAH, it says.

The payroll's way up, though. You know, I bet this is what Cubs fans feel like all the time.

Tonight:


Chris Tillman

#24 / Pitcher / Baltimore Orioles

6-5

210

R

R

Apr 15, 1988

Tillman is a young starter who's probably in the majors semi-temporarily while half the Oriole rotation is injured. He threw six no-hit innings on April 2 against the Rays - leaving the game because he'd thrown 101 pitches and walked three guys already - and since then he's been mediocre. He didn't get out of the fifth against Detroit, and he didn't get out of the second against the Yankees, giving up six runs on nine hits.



Francisco Liriano

#47 / Pitcher / Minnesota Twins

6-2

215

L

L

Oct 26, 1983

I like Lirano's picture this year. He looks pensive. Like he's saying, "Why in the world would I try to keep my defense involved in the game when the other team can bang grounders through the infield at will because everybody on my team is too slow to actually field any of them?"