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Game 51: Los Angeles Angels (27-27) at Minnesota Twins (17-33)

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First Pitch: 1:10pm CDT
TV: FSN
Radio: Twins Radio Network
Know Thine Enemy: Halos Heaven


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Carl Pavano 2-4 10 10 0 0 0 0 61.1 72 41 36 6 16 23 5.28 1.43

Pavano settled down in the latter innings of his last appearance, but that won't change his gameplan today. His three strikeouts in that start against Seattle were the most he'd recorded in five starts, and give him six in his last 29.2 innings.

Pavstache's job, then, is to try and get batters to swing at his pitches--borderline offerings down in the zone or, at the very least, in a location where the hitter is forced into bad contact.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Dan Haren 4-3 12 11 1 1 0 0 80.1 57 23 19 5 13 72 2.13 .87

Haren is in the midst of a good bounce-back season. Before his last start, his ERA was floating in the 1's. Typically strong strikeout rates and solid command has led to a great strikeout-to-walk ratio, but this year he's holding opponents down once they manage to put wood on the ball. It's helped that his home run rates are the strongest they've ever been.Some of his success may be due to pitch selection. Fewer fastballs, curveballs and sinking fastballs, while throwing significantly more sliders, mean he's no longer as predictable. It will be interesting to see what he goes to this afternoon.

Angels

Bourjos, CF
Aybar, SS
Abreu, LF
Hunter, RF
Callaspo, 3B
Branyan, DH
Trumbo, 1B
Amarista, 2B
Mathis, C

Twins

Span, CF
Casilla, 2B
Kubel, DH
Morneau, 1B
Cuddyer, RF
Young, LF
Valencia, 3B
Butera, C
Plouffe, SS