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Game 8: Twins vs. Rangers, Hrbek Gets A Statue

First Pitch: 12:10 pm CT
Radio: Twins Radio Network
Know Thine Enemy: Lone Star Ball

Which will move faster on Saturday: Kent Hrbek, or his statue? Regardless of the answer, Hrbek becomes the latest Twin to be honored with a statue at Target Field. The ceremony is scheduled for 10:30 am, and will take place outside of Gate 14.

The Twins get their first look at Japanese phenom Yu Darvish today. Darvish struggled in his MLB debut, as he gave up 5 runs in 5 2/3 innings against the Seattle Mariners. This means that the Twins should be able to score more than 2 runs off of him, right? RIGHT? Yu's counterpart will be Nick Blackburn, which means that there's an extreme contrast in "stuff" between the two starters. Blackie will just make you pound the ball into the ground, while Darvish will make you spin like a top in the batter's box.

Because I'm working at the game, I won't be able to post lineups, so you can either pester another Twinkie Town writer to add them to this post, or you can just deposit it into the recesses* of the comments below.

* I attempted to teach my 6th grade students the meaning of "recesses" yesterday. Two classes really didn't care.