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Game 68: Padres @ Twins (ANCHORMAN REFERENCE GOES HERE)

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First Pitch: 7:10pm CDT
TV: FSN
Radio: Twins Radio Network
Know Thine Enemy:
Gaslamp Ball
Soothing Balm: "Witches," Low

It's been a week since the Twins lost a game. That's pretty cool, right?

Heavers:


Brian Duensing

#52 / Pitcher / Minnesota Twins

6-0

205

L

L

Feb 22, 1983

The last pitcher to lose a game for the Twins was Duensing, who was shelled by Texas last Friday night. While it's very fair to say he needs to pitch better, this Padres lineup is not nearly as fearsome as the Rangers, and should give us a good idea if Minnesota needs to worry about about its fifth starter. (Somewhere, Kevin Slowey just put down his copy of Sartre's No Exit and stubbed out a Gauloise.)




Clayton Richard

#33 / Pitcher / San Diego Padres

6-5

245

L

L

Sep 12, 1983

Richard, whose first and last names are backwards and I feel badly for him, faced the Twins four times as a member of the White Sox. His ERA for those appearances, which included one start: 10.57.



Lineups and notes after your jump:

Hackers (courtesy Joe C.):

Twins:

1. Ben Revere, CF
2. Alexi Casilla, 2B
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Michael Cuddyer, 1B
5. Delmon Young, LF
6. Danny Valencia, 3B
7. Tsuyoshi Nishioka, SS
8. Luke Hughes, DH
9. Jason Repko, RF

Padres:

Chris Denorfia, RF
Jason Bartlett, SS
Chase Headley, 3B
Ryan Ludwick, DH
Cameron Maybin, CF
Jesus Guzman, LF
Anthony Rizzo, 1B
Nick Hundley, C
Alberto Gonzalez, 2B

Notes:

  • Neither Drew Butera nor Rene Rivera are in the lineup this evening.
  • Ex-Twin Alert: Jason Bartlett is in the lineup tonight, Pat Neshek is in the bullpen, and the O-Dog is on the DL.
  • LaVelle noted in a blog post yesterday that, with the Twins carrying three catchers, there is no chance Jim Thome is on next week's road trip to San Francisco and Milwaukee.
  • Welcome back, Glen Perkins! We're sorry about your restaurant chain's financial difficulties, but we've always liked you better than Embers.
  • That's almost a getaway day lineup for the Twins, which is a marked improvement. Now, they just need the former MVP, the guy with 500+ homers, their leadoff hitter and their best hitter from April and May, and they'll be farting through silk.

Enjoy the game, everybody.