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Game 88: Minnesota Twins @ Chicago White Sox

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First Pitch: 3:10pm CDT
TV: FOX
Radio: Twins Radio Network
Know Thine Enemy: South Side Sox

Was this one always an afternoon game? Or was it recently changed? It doesn't really matter I suppose - either way, Chicago is hearing footsteps.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Mark Buehrle 6-5 17 17 0 0 0 0 113.0 121 46 46 12 26 57 3.66 1.30

Buehrle is having a good year in spite of giving up too many hits and not recording many strikeouts. And nobody is surprised. He continues to do what he always does: hit his spots and use all of his pitches. He'll go with the changeup a bit more regularly against righties and the slider against lefties, but using counts to predict what he might throw won't give hitters a high rate of success.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Brian Duensing 6-7 18 16 1 1 0 0 95.1 104 51 45 7 35 68 4.25 1.46

I thought Blackburn was tough last night, bouncing back after that five-run first to gut out four more innings. He still had base runners and he threw a lot of pitches, but it was a gutsy performance. Hopefully Duensing can go a bit longer today to help those good bullpen arms (it's all relative) by giving them a day off.

Over the last two seasons, Duensing's fastball and curve have been hittable. His slider? Not so much. But he doesn't use it as often against right-handed hitters, which is the side he really struggles against.

Twins

Revere, CF
Casilla, 2B
Mauer, C
Cuddyer, RF
Thome, DH
Valencia, 3B
Hughes, 1B
Nishioka, SS
Repko, LF

White Sox

Pierre, LF
Ramirez, SS
Konerko, 1B
Dunn, DH
Quentin, RF
Rios, CF
Castro, C
Beckham, 2B
Morel, 3B