First Pitch: 7:10 pm
Know Thine Enemy: D Rays Bay
Is Scott Baker Pretty Awesome?: Indeed
After last night's win against the Rays at Target Field, the Twins look to secure a series win tonight against a talented Tampa team. Scott Baker will be throwing for the Twins, while the Rays' All Star pitcher James Shields goes for Tampa. Both Baker and Shields have been very good their last few outings, so tonight's game should be a good duel.
Lineups, notes, and pitcher information after the jump...
#30 / Pitcher / Minnesota Twins
Sep 19, 1981
|2011 - Scott Baker||6-5||16||16||1||0||0||0||105.2||97||38||37||12||29||101||3.15||1.19|
We all know how great Baker has been this year, and all we can really do is hope the trend continues tonight. He's up against a potent TB lineup, and the offense will be facing a shutdown TB pitcher in Shields. Baker hasn't allowed a run in his last 16 1/3 innings at Target Field, and has had a lot of success against the Rays in his past few starts, going 1-0 with a .82 ERA.
#33 / Pitcher / Tampa Bay Rays
Dec 20, 1981
|2011 - James Shields||8-5||17||17||6||3||0||0||128.2||96||38||35||13||30||127||2.45||.98|
Shields has been spectacular for the Rays this year, having 3 CG/SOs already on the year, and a sub-3.00 ERA. The one thing about Shields is that he hasn't pitched as well against the Twins as he has other teams (3.70 ERA in his past 3 outings, though he does have two wins in that same 3 game period), and the offense needs to take advantage of that tonight if they plan on taking the series.
1) Ben Revere, CF
2) Alexi Casilla, 2B
3) Joe Mauer, C
4) Michael Cuddyer (ALL STAR), 1B
5) Jim Thome (Professional TATER MASHER), DH
6) Danny Valencia, 3B
7) Rene Tosoni, LF
8) Jason Repko, RF
9) Tsuyoshi Nishioka, SS
Will be posted when available
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