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Game 82: Twins @ Tigers

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DETROIT, MI - JULY 04:  The infield is covered in anticapation of rain prior to the start of the MLB game between the Detroit Tigers and the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park on July 4, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - JULY 04: The infield is covered in anticapation of rain prior to the start of the MLB game between the Detroit Tigers and the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park on July 4, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
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First Pitch: 12:05pm CDTTV: FS-N
Radio: Twins Radio Network
Know Thine Enemy: Bless You Boys

Notes

  • The x-rays on Brian Duensing's ankle were negative. Hopefully he'll be ready to pitch in a few days.
  • Joe Mauer would "like to see some changes" in regards to starting pitching. We all would, Joe. But it's still good to hear something more definitive from him regarding what the team needs to do to get better.
  • We all know that the Twins need pitching, and Buster Olney weighs in with "...presumably Terry Ryan will focus on adding young pitching as other teams call him..." for the players they've named themselves. We all know who the Twins might be able to trade and who might have value. I assume this is the sum of the most of what we'll hear unless something actually goes down.

Twins: Span (CF), Revere (RF), Mauer (DH), Doumit (C), Morneau (1B), Plouffe (3B), Mastroianni (LF), Dozier (SS), Carroll (2B)

Tigers: Jackson (CF), Raburn (LF), Cabrera (3B), Fielder (1B), Young (DH), Peralta (SS), Boesch (RF), Laird (C), Santiago (2B)


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - Rick Porcello 6-5 16 16 0 0 0 0 93.0 116 51 45 8 23 57 4.35 1.49

This will be the third time the 20-year old Rick Porcello has danced with the Twins in 2012. Minnesota tagged him with six runs in four innings the first time, but Porcello bounced back by allowing just three runs in six the last time around. He'd had a pretty lackluster season up to that point, but since that second start against the Twins he's thrown 42 innings of 3.21 ERA baseball. He's still allowing a lot of his, but he's only allowed one homer in that span. That'll go a long way towards being more effective.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - Scott Diamond 7-3 11 11 0 0 0 0 72.0 76 27 21 8 11 41 2.63 1.21

Over the course of a full season (33 starts), Diamond would deliver the Twins 216 innings. Can he continue to be this effective over that period of time? Probably not this effective, but even if that ERA jumps by one and a half runs I'm sure the team would be happy.