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Twins vs. Blue Jays, Game 3

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First Pitch: 6:10 pm CDTTV: FSNRadio: 1500 ESPNKnow Thine Enemy: Bluebird Banter

Game 1 was chock full o' Little League play. Game 2 was crisp, and the Twins' patient bats just managed to fend off the AL Home Run Derby participants Blue Jays. Tonight, it's P.J. Walters making his 2012 debut.

What should we know about Walters? Well, he throws as hard (soft?) as Carl Pavano, version pre-2012. In Walters' 51 inning major league career, he struck out a league-average number of hitters and had a walk rate above the league average, which just doesn't fit with the Twins way. Here's hoping that he follows in Scott Diamond's footsteps from Tuesday and says, "I do what I want!" instead. Otherwise, he gives up homers like no one else (2.12 HR/9, which is double the league average), so I'll forgive you if you confuse the actual game with T.C. Bear's Saturday softball home run derby.

Lineups and starting pitchers after the jump!

Twins

  1. Denard Span, CF
  2. Brian Dozier, SS
  3. Joe Mauer, C
  4. Josh Willingham, LF
  5. Ryan Doumit, DH
  6. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
  7. Chris Parmelee, 1B
  8. Darin Mastroianni, RF
  9. Jamey Carroll, 2B

SP P.J. Walters

Blue Jays

  1. Kelly Johnson, 2B
  2. Yunel Escobar, SS
  3. Jose Bautista, RF
  4. Edwin Encarnacion, DH
  5. Eric Thames, LF
  6. Brett Lawrie, 3B
  7. Colby Rasmus, CF
  8. Adam Lind, 1B
  9. Jeff Mathis, C

SP Drew Hutchison