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GameThread: Rangers @ Twins, Game 20

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The Twins look to turn around their fortunes in Game 3 of this four game series.

Hannah Foslien

First Pitch: 3:05 pm CST


Television: FSN


Radio: 96.3 KTWIN


Know Thine Enemy: Lone Star Ball



The first two games of the series have had close final scores, with Game 1 ending at 2-1 and yesterday's at 4-3. Granted, yesterday's game had the Twins behind by even more until Oswaldo Arcia's 3-run homer with 2 outs in the 9th inning, so that was like a basketball team putting together a 10-0 run in garbage time to make the score look better than it really was as well.


Pedro Hernandez has the tall task of keeping the Rangers offense quiet, which Twins pitchers have mostly succeeded in doing this series. The real issue has been their own offense, which had scored only 1 run in 17 2/3 innings until that Arcia home run off Joe Nathan. With Holland's struggles against righthanded hitters in his career, I look forward to Josh Willingham, Trevor Plouffe, and even Aaron Hicks having a good game today.


I'm working today's game so I won't be able to get lineups posted, so you'll have to peruse the comments thread once you get past the sea of "GO TWINS GO!" posts to find the starting nines.


Rangers


1. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B
2. Craig Gentry (R) CF
3. Adrian Beltre (R) DH
4. Nelson Cruz (R) RF
5. A.J. Pierzynski (L) C
6. Jeff Baker (R) 3B
7. David Murphy (L) LF
8. Mitch Moreland (L) 1B
9. Leury Garcia (S) SS


SP Derek Holland


Twins


1. Brian Dozier (R) 2B
2. Joe Mauer (L) 1B
3. Josh Willingham (R) LF
4. Ryan Doumit (S) C
5. Wilkin Ramirez (R) RF
6. Oswaldo Arcia (L) DH
7. Aaron Hicks (S) CF
8. Eduardo Escobar (S) 3B
9. Pedro Florimon (S) SS


SP Pedro Hernandez


*Lineups courtesy of myjah. GO TWINS GO!