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Twins (12-18) @ Red Sox (14-18)

First Pitch: 12:10pm CDT
TV: FOX
Radio: Twins Radio Network
Know Thine Enemy: Over the Monster


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Clay Buchholz 2-3 6 6 0 0 0 0 33.2 42 19 18 6 18 17 4.81 1.78

Current active Twins have a combined 19 Major League at-bats against Buchholz, split between four guys. That's not a lot of history to go on. Anyway, we already know he throws that good low to mid-90s fastball, a very good changeup in the upper 70s, and a decent breaking ball or two.

Buchholz has been giving up a lot more fly balls this year, with more than 40% of his balls in play getting into the air. Of course more flyballs leaves a pitcher prone to more home runs, and extrapolating his six bombs in 33.2 innings this year over a full 200-inning season means he'd be on pace for about 36 balls to leave the yard.

Today is a good opportunity for right-handed batters to pepper the green monster and for lefties to hook a ball around that pesky pole in right field. And if they can work his lack of command to their advantage, the Twins could see some base runners as well. Unless the Buchholz of 2010 shows up this afternon, I'm calling a short outing for the talented right-hander.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Brian Duensing 2-1 5 5 0 0 0 0 34.0 34 13 11 3 9 23 2.91 1.26

After Baker's strong outing last night, Duensing must feel as though the gauntlet has been thrown down. Both he and Baker have been throwing well so far this year, and to push this desperately needed winning streak to four he'll have to produce again today.