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Game 88: Athletics @ Twins

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First Pitch: 1:10pm CDT
TV: FSN
Radio: Twins Radio Network
Know Thine Enemy: Athletics Nation


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - Brian Duensing 1-5 33 3 0 0 0 0 46.0 44 21 21 3 12 26 4.11 1.22

Brian's average about 64 pitches over his three starts, but was only removed in his last outing because he wasn't feeling quite right. Now that he's back to normal, the Twins should be able to move him into the 85 to 90 pitch range if they choose to cap him at all.

The danger in starting Duensing is that his already mediocre stuff becomes less effective over a number of innings, and if he's exposed to dangerous right-handed hitters it makes matters even more precarious. If Brian wants to get to his pitch limit he'll need exquisite command today.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - Jarrod Parker 5-4 14 14 0 0 0 0 85.0 65 28 27 4 41 67 2.86 1.25

The 23-year old right hander was pushed around a little bit his last time out, the first time he'd surrendered more than a single earned run in almost a month. He's been effective versus both right and left-handed hitters this year, turning into a more than solid return from the Diamondbacks when Oakland shipped Craig Breslow, Trevor Cahill and cash to Arizona in December. How the A's netted the '07 first round pick (who was a Top 50 prospect for Baseball America every year since pre-2008) in addition to Ryan Cook and Collin Cowgill is a mystery.