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Game 120: Twins at Tigers

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First Pitch: 6:05pm CDT
TV: FSN
Radio: Twins Radio Network
Know Thine Enemy: Bless You Boys

The Twins are back at Comerica Park tonight for the first time since the first day of June, when Detroit was busy completing a three-game sweep. After an unscheduled half day yesterday, the Twins play every day for the rest of August, including three in Detroit, followed by four at home with New York this weekend.

This is not going to be a fun week, is it?


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Rick Porcello 11-7 22 22 0 0 0 0 126.0 147 74 69 12 30 76 4.93 1.40

Over his career, Porcello's 5-3 with a 2.70 ERA against the Twins. (I would have guessed that he's 11-0 with an ERA of negative five, as he always strikes me as one of those guys that kills the Twins, but I guess I'm wrong.) The Indians battered him for eight runs and eleven hits in less than four innings in his last start, though he was coming off a July in which he won all five starts he made.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Francisco Liriano 7-9 21 21 1 1 0 0 117.0 107 69 65 12 66 97 5.00 1.48

Here's the log of every at bat against Liriano this year:

PITCH 1: Fastball, over batter's head.
PITCH 2: Slider, bounces into opposing dugout.
PITCH 3: Fastball, burns corner at 97 mph.
PITCH 4: Slider, batter complains to umpire that ball disappeared halfway through batter's swing.
PITCH 5: Fastball, reaches catcher on fourth hop.
PITCH 6: Attempted knuckle-screwball-circle-change. Ball Four.

I don't even know what to say anymore. I bet Rick Anderson drinks in the dugout during Liriano's starts.