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Game 99: Indians @ Twins

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First Pitch: 7:10pm CDT
TV: FSN
Radio: Twins Radio Network
Know Thine Enemy: Let's Go Tribe

I'm turning the analysis of this evening's starting pitchers over to Jesse Lund, because he already wrote this and I am lazy:


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - Scott Diamond 8-4 14 14 0 0 0 0 91.0 100 38 32 9 15 50 3.16 1.26

Could we have wanted anything more from Diamond at the start of the year? I submit that no, we could not have wanted more. He's been outstanding, and start by start his name is slowly becoming more legible in next spring's starting five.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - Josh Tomlin 5-7 16 15 0 0 0 0 91.0 104 55 54 14 21 51 5.34 1.37

An interesting comparison here, if only because both starters come into tonight's game with 91 innings pitched. His three July outings have actually been pretty good, yielding a pair of quality starts. When he's on, Tomlin does a pretty good job of getting hitters to swing at his pitches, so if he is on the Twins will need to be exceptionally patient and wait for a good one. If he loses his command a bit, we could see some offense tonight.

Lineups, notes, and HOT TRADE RUMORS after the jump jump:

Lineups (courtesy Joe C.):

Twins

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Ben Revere, RF
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Josh Willingham, LF
5. Justin Morneau, 1B
6. Ryan Doumit, DH
7. Brian Dozier, SS
8. Jamey Carroll, 3B
9. Alexi Casilla, 2B

Indians

1. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Jason Kipnis, 2B
4. Michael Brantley, CF
5. Carlos Santana, 1B
6. Travis Hafner, DH
7. Jose Lopez, 3B
8. Shelley Duncan, LF
9. Lou Marson, C

Notes:

  • As he promised on Twitter, Trevor Plouffe is back and starting at 3B this evening. Yay Trevor Plouffe hit some dingers! Do you have the internet? I bet you do! So you probably know that Trevor Plouffe was scratched from the lineup and headed to the DL with his wonky thumb. As an internet enthusiast, you also know that Danny Valencia is NOT in the Rochester starting lineup this evening. SWAG ALERT: RED. AS RED AS RED GETS. Lineup is updated.
  • As noted earlier, the latest Twins name to get brought up in HOT TRADE RUMORS is Glen Perkins. Per a Tweet from Jon Morosi, there is high demand for the local, neckbeard-y kid, and the price is "very high."

Enjoy the game, everybody.