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The Morning (Afternoon) After: Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox

This afternoon, Nick Blackburn will face off against Chicago's John Danks in the second game of the Battle of Suck series. We all know who won the first game, and now, officially, we suck less than the Chicago White Sox. Hooray!

Pitcher information, lineups, and notes after the jump.

PITCHERS


Nick Blackburn

#53 / Pitcher / Minnesota Twins

6-4

240

R

R

Feb 24, 1982



W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Nick Blackburn 1-4 5 5 0 0 0 0 28.0 37 20 16 5 9 14 5.14 1.64

Blackburn has had some bad luck this season, but his last start against Tampa Bay was a lot less 'bad luck' and lot more 'bad pitching'. Today, we're hoping he can have some success against Chicago's anemic offense, and hopefully he'll have his pitches working for him. Blackburn doesn't have a ton of success against the White Sox (.307 batting average against), but maybe he's still riding high from Liriano's success last night...


John Danks

#50 / Pitcher / Chicago White Sox

6-1

215

L

L

Apr 15, 1985



W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - John Danks 0-4 6 6 0 0 0 0 39.0 41 17 17 5 11 36 3.92 1.33

Danks is winless on the year, and I sincerely hope the Twins keep it that way. I don't know about you guys, but I was actually pretty surprised to see that Danks is only 26. For some reason, I feel like he's much, much older than that. Anyway, the Twins have had pretty good luck against Danks in the past, with a .314/.386/.585 triple slash against him in the past 3 years. Not too shabby.

LINEUPS

Minnesota
Span
Tolbert
Morneau
Kubel
Cuddyer
Tosoni
Valencia
Butera
Casilla

Chicago
Chicago's posted when available.

NOTES
-Plouffe and Hughes are available off the bench today, and both might be a better bat than either Butera or Casilla, so we'll see how that plays out.
-Thome and Repko on the DH makes the bench even um...worse.
-The Twins organization has planted over 18,000 trees for their Break a Bat, Plant a Tree program. That's pretty cool.
-LIRIANO THREW A NO-HITTER LAST NIGHT! Just a reminder.

Go Twins!