After last night's exciting walk-off win, the Twins look to split the series with Cleveland today. You all know how important this series is, so I'm not going to bore you with any more stats or numbers. We all know: today is a must-win to at least remain within reaching distance of first place.
Lineups and pitcher information after the jump. Come along, will you?
Throwing for Minnesota
#53 / Pitcher / Minnesota Twins
Feb 24, 1982
|2011 - Nick Blackburn||7-6||19||19||1||0||0||0||117.1||133||61||52||15||33||61||3.99||1.41|
What Blackburn really needs to do today to be the most effective: pitch deep into the game and...not suck. Shouldn't be too hard, eh? Blackburn has had flashes of brilliance this season, and I'm sincerely hoping he shows his good side again today.
Throwing for Cleveland
#43 / Pitcher / Cleveland Indians
Oct 19, 1984
|2011 - Josh Tomlin||11-4||20||19||0||0||0||0||120.2||110||56||54||18||15||68||4.03||1.04|
Tomlin has been pretty good for Cleveland this year, not striking a lot of guys out but keeping his walks to a minimum. He's walked over 50% fewer batters than Blackburn has this year. Not that that's really impressive, but it kind of is. The Twins really need to try and hit Tomlin early, as the Cleveland bullpen is usually pretty effective.
-Justin Morneau began "baseball-related activities" this week, with a return looking to happen sometime in August.
-According to Andrew Baggarly, the Giants beat writer, San Francisco is interested in Michael Cuddyer...as a 2B option.
-Mauer was given the option to play either 1B or catch today and he chose to play 1B. Looks like the experiment is going well.
Enjoy the game, everyone!