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Game 157: Tigers @ Twins (or Cabrera v. Mauer, if you'd prefer)

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This is the game thread for game 157 of 162 for your Minnesota Twins. Join in the conversation, hang out for awhile, get to know everyone. Don't make it weird, though. We're all adults here.

Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

First Pitch: 7:10 pm CST
TV: FSN
Radio: 1500 ESPN
Know Thine Enemy: Bless You Boys


Heavers:


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - Scott Diamond 12-8 25 25 1 1 0 0 160.2 173 72 65 16 30 86 3.64 1.26


The only guy penciled in to next year's rotation, Diamond is tasked with peeing on the Detroit Tigers' campfire. As long as you can get comfortable with the idea of aiding and abetting the [expletive] White Sox, let's see what he can do in what looks like his last meaningful start of 2012. Detroit has a 2-game lead in the Central with six games left.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - Drew Smyly 4-3 21 17 0 0 0 0 93.1 90 49 44 12 30 89 4.24 1.29


If you read Jon Marthaler's series preview, you'd know that Smyly is staring in place of the injured Max Scherzer. This looks to be the Twins' best spoilage chance this weekend.

Lineups and newsy bits after the jump:

Yard-leavers (courtesy Joe C.):

Twins

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Ben Revere, RF
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Ryan Doumit, DH
6. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
7. Matt Carson, LF
8. Eduardo Escobar, 2B
9. Pedro Florimon, SS

Tigers

1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Omar Infante, 2B
3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
4. Prince Fielder, 1B
5. Delmon Young, LF
6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
7. Andy Dirks, LF
8. Avisail Garcia, RF
9. Gerald Laird, C

Newsy Bits:

  • You guys heard about Nishi, right? Check out our ass-kicking Story Stream even if you have.
    For those of you following this who somehow don't know this already: Cabrera's AL-leading batting average going into this evening: .326. Mauer's: .323.

Enjoy the last Friday Twins game of the season, everybody.