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Game 95: Twins (44-50) vs. Indians (50-44)

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First Pitch: 7:10pm CDT
TV: FSN. I also have it on good authority that the game is on in Canada on Sportsnet Pacific. If you're in British Columbia, it'll be on there, or if you've got the special package that lets you see all of the regional Sportsnet networks, it's on across Canada. Cheer on Guelph native Scott Diamond!
Radio: Twins Radio Network
Know Thine Enemy: Let's Go Tribe

It's game two of this day-night twin bill, featuring a guy coming off the disabled list versus a guy making his first major league start.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Fausto Carmona 4-10 18 18 0 0 0 0 104.1 114 75 67 15 33 62 5.78 1.41

I had this idea that Carmona always kills the Twins, but over his career he's 4-9 against Minnesota. So forget that.

On July 2, Carmona laid down a bunt in Cincinnati, forgot to invoke Ghost Runners, and strained his right quad running up the line. He's been on the disabled list since, but frankly, that may have helped Cleveland, as Carmona had lost seven of his previous eight starts. In that span, he posted an 8.58 ERA, gave up nine home runs in 43 innings, and allowed opposing hitters to slug .568. It would be an understatement to say that the Indians hope that the rest has done him good.

SCOTT DIAMOND

As mentioned this morning, we don't have a cool little informational widget for Diamond, so here's the facts on the lefty: he is 4-8 with a 4.70 ERA over 17 starts at Rochester this year. He's not having a great year, but neither is any other starter at Rochester, so why not give Diamond a chance? He's making his first major league start.

And if you're looking for more, check out this nice story from Greg Layson of the Guelph Mercury. (Yours truly is also interviewed. Look especially for the insight into my writing process.)