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Game 84: Twins @ Rangers

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First Pitch: 6:15pm CDT
TV: FOX
Radio: Twins Radio Network
Know Thine Enemy: Lone Star Ball

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

Rangers: TBA


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - Derek Holland 5-4 12 11 0 0 0 0 67.0 65 42 38 11 24 59 5.10 1.33

The walk and strikeout rates are pretty close to where they were in 2011. Batting average on balls in play is actually down. He's getting more swinging strikes. He isn't allowing more base runners. So why is Holland's ERA up from a very good 3.95 last season? Home run rates have jumped, corresponding to a change in batted ball type; he's stranding fewer base runners; you might even be able to point to a drop in velocity on his fastball. More good news for the Twins: Holland has been horrible while pitching at home.

Of course, how much of that was due to his stomach ailment and "left shoulder fatigue" remains to be seen.


Samuel Deduno

#21 / Pitcher / Minnesota Twins

6-3

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Jul 02, 1983


Deduno is a typical fastball-curveball-changeup pitcher, whose strikeout rates are unlikely to translate to a Major League lineup, but he's not your typical Minnesota control pitcher, either. Opponents were hitting just .182 off him in triple-A this season, and he's been particularly effective since returning from the disabled list in June. Can he join Scott Diamond as a pleasant surprise for the rotation?